Coaching Conference Speaker Confirmed: Michael Cooper


Football NSW are delighted to announce Football SA Technical Director Michael Cooper as a guest speaker at the 2023 Football New South Wales Coaching Conference. 

Michael Cooper is a qualified teacher and holder of Football Australia ‘A’ and UEFA ‘B’ Diplomas. Cooper played professionally and semi-professionally in the UK before moving to Australia in 2013.  During his time in the UK, Michael also coached within a number of football environments, including Southampton Football Club’s Academy setup. 

His coaching appointments since that time include FFA National Boys Development Manager and National Coach Development Manager as well as working within Coach Development for Football Victoria. Cooper has also held player development positions with A-Leagues outfit Newcastle Jets and the Central Coast Mariners, as well as being Director of Sport for the Central Coast Sports College.  

In 2019, Cooper was named Joeys National Team Assistant Coach, working under the leadership of current FA Technical Director, Trevor Morgan, which included tournaments in Thailand and Vietnam in preparation for the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Cooper currently still holds the position of Joeys National Team Assistant Coach working alongside Head Coach Brad Maloney.  

Michael is now residing with his family in Adelaide as Technical Director for Football South Australia, where he oversees player and coach development across the state.   

Cooper will be delivering a defending based session on Day 2 of the 2023 Football New South Wales Coaching Conference.  

The 2023 Football New South Wales Coaching Conference will be held at Valentine Sports Park on Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th November. The two-day event, hosted by well-known football personality Stephanie Brantz, will see keynote presentations given by international and domestic special guests, with a raft of experience across all levels of the game. 

Coaches will once again have the opportunity to sculpt their own learning journey through a series of theory and practical break-out sessions allowing you to choose topics most relevant to your specific interests. 

Football New South Wales are also pleased to confirm that ticket prices for the event will be frozen and remain the same from the 2019 conference as a commitment to coaches having access to professional development opportunities. 

Coaches can purchase a one-day attendee pass (25 CPD Points) or a two-day weekend pass (50 CPD Points). 

Full attendance at each day earns participants 25 points per day towards FA/AFC licence reaccreditation as per the AFC Coaching Convention.

Tickets are on sale now, with Early Bird pricing available until 5:30pm Friday, September 29th!

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If your club wishes to book a club package for your coaches, please contact to organise.

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