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Dr Fadi Ma'ayah

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2596, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.394
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2596
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5036
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.394  


Fadi is the Course Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Sports Science and Football in the School of Medical and Health Sciences. He is also an Advanced Coach (B Licence) with Football Federation Australia and is an Instructor in Football Coach Education at the community level and conducts coaching  courses for Football West.

Current Teaching

  • SPS1109 SPS2109 and SPS3109 Football Coaching Units
  • SPS1209 Performance Analysis and Player Monitoring in Football
  • SPS1210 Performance Analysis and Player Monitoring in Sport
  • SPS2209 Assessment of Football Player
  • SPS3210 Leadership and Management in Football


Dr Fadi Ma’ayah completed his PhD degree in Sports Science at ECU in 2004. His research project focused on Football Coaches’ Specific Leadership Behaviours. Dr Ma’ayah’s research interests centre on Leadership, Coaching, and on Sports Science and Football related topics.

Dr Ma’ayah is a successful coach at the elite college level and has coached at State, National and International Tournaments. Positions held include School Sport Western Australia Football Coordinator, West Australian School Senior Boys Coach and Tour Leader for both Senior Boys and Girls Teams.  He has won many prestigious awards including the Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Award for Community Engagemnt 2015 and The West Australian Premier’s Teacher of the Year Award in 2005. Dr Ma’ayah is founder of the very successful Football Academy at Safety Bay Senior High School in Perth, Western Australia. In recent years Dr Ma’ayah has received invitations to be a keynote speaker in Sports Science and Football in Australia and abroad. Presentation topics have included: performance analysis and players monitoring in football; physiological demands for football players; strategic  planning for football association; establishing successful and sustainable football academies in Perth and establishing professional football leagues and clubs.

  • January 2012-current: Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator in Sports Science and Football, School of Medical and Health Sciences
  • January 2011-2012 Secondment from Department of Education Western Australia to ECU to establish the Sports Science and Football Course
  • 1996-2010 Department of Education Western Australia: Roles included: Founder and Head of Specialist Football Program at Safety Bay SHS and Acting Head at Morley SHS School, Coaching and Teaching and PE at Swanbourne SHS, Safety Bay SHS Morley SHS
  • 1993-1996 Head of Football programs and PE teacher at De La Salle College and PE Teacher, Amman Jordan
  • 1989-1993 Head of Football programs and Lecture at Al Khwarizmi College, Amman Jordan

Professional Associations

  • Advanced Coach B Licence Football Federation Australia/Football West
  • Coach Education Instructor Football Federation Australia/Football West
  • Accredited Level 3 Sportstec Performance Analyst

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2005 - Premier’s Teacher of the Year Award Department of Education Western Australia
  • 2004 – The Most Innovative Program in Australia Premier’s Award by the Australian Newspaper

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2015 - Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Award 2015 Community Engagement

Research Areas and Interests

  • Physical, physiological and perceptual demands for football players
  • Performance analysis in football
  • Heath benefits of recreational football games
  • Football-specific strength and conditioning
  • Leadership in sport, education and health
  • Physical and mental health benefits of recreational games


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2004.


Recent Research Grants

  • Developing guidelines for the technical, tactical, physical, physiological and perceptual demands of professional and talented football players in Australia,  Perth Glory Football Club,  Scholarships to support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2017 - 2020,  $22,500.
  • How perception of capabilities (of themselves and others) influence decision-making in football players of different age groups and in-turn how they affect team patterns.,  Bayswater City Soccer Club,  Scholarships to support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2015 - 2019,  $95,500.
  • The health benefits of Football West inclusive programs in Western Australia,  Football West,  Scholarships to Support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2014 - 2018,  $30,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Lord, C., Ma'ayah, F., Blazevich, T., (2018), Change in knee flexor torque after fatiguing exercise identifies previous hamstring injury in football players. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, epub ahead of print(epub ahead of print), 19p., Denmark, Wiley-Blackwell Munksgaard, DOI: 10.1111/sms.13007.
  • Fitch, N., Ma'ayah, F., Harms, C., Guilfoyle, A., (2017), Sport, Educational Engagement and Positive Youth Development: Reflections of Aboriginal Former Youth Sports Participants. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 46(1), 23-33, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/jie.2016.23.

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  Comparison Of The Physical,physiological And Perceptual Demands Of Small-sided Games And Match Play In Professional Football Players.

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  Lower Limb Fatigue Asymmetry Of Preferred And Non-preferred Legs After A Repeated-sprint Test In Football Players With Previous Hamstring Injury.
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