Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts Honours


Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering

First Advisor

Dr Lynn Embrey


It is inevitable that at some stage of his career. a coach will withdraw. This qualitative study explored the various reasons why coaches of youth football (between the ages of 13 and 17 years) choose to continue or withdraw their involvement with the sport. It was the first part of a two phase larger study into this topic involving: (a) in depth interviews with current and former youth football coaches: and (b) the uses of themes from the interview data to develop a questionnaire for distribution to a larger sample of youth football coaches at a later stage. Perceptions and experiences of eight current and eight former youth football coaches from four of the six Western Australian Football Development Trust (WAFDT) metropolitan football regions formed the basis of this research through one-on-one, tape recorded interviews. Findings from this study revealed that there is a number of principle factors that influence a coach’s motivation to continue or withdraw. Youth football coach continuation will be assisted if the coach: (a) receives support from his wife and family: (b) values intrinsic rewards over extrinsic incentives: (c) embraces compulsory accreditation and its related benefits: and (d) does not allow his own son's involvement as a player influence his own coaching. The youth football coach may be motivated to discontinue his involvement if: (a) he receives pressure from his family to spend more time with them: (b) be has lack of parent and player support and commitment; (c) he has a change in work commitments that do not allow the investment of the necessary time and effort required for coaching: (d) he has lack of time or inclination to complete the requirements of a compulsory Level I accreditation course: and (e) his son ceases his involvement as a player at the youth level.