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Football Australia

Football Australia

Lead Sports Scientist - Matildas


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Nov 2, 2023


About the job

Football Australia is situated on the lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We acknowledge the histories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and commit to building a brighter future together.

Football Australia is the national governing body for football in Australia and a member of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the international governing body for football. It governs all national teams, the A-Leagues (in Football Australia’s capacity as the regulatory body), Australia Cup, National Premier Leagues and leads state, community, and grassroots football.

Football in Australia is a melting pot of approximately 2 million participants represented by over 200 different cultures, we are proud to be the most diverse and globally connected sport within the Australian sporting landscape.

This diversity in culture, ideas, and experience makes us strong and prepares us to achieve our vision to ‘be a leading football nation where everyone is inspired to live and love the game’. To achieve this, we live by our company values which include:

Impact On & Off the Field: Challenge the way we think and do to seek ways to grow the impact football has, influence industry thought leaders.
Inclusive & Diverse Football for all: Football is embedded in the nation's social fabric, follows the story of Australia, be accessible for all
A United Team: Bringing people together to unleash the power of football and to deliver the vision, we bring the team spirit to the game
Trust: Building trust across the whole football community, be trusted custodians of the game, act with integrity and objectivity


Reporting to the Head of Sports Science, this role serves to maximise the physical performance of the Australian Women’s National Team players (the Matildas) to deliver on-field excellence resulting in a sustainable winning
culture. Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, the Lead Sports Scientist – Matildas provides strength and conditioning support to an extended list of players, travels domestically and internationally to prepare the team for competition and helps integrate pathway players into the Matildas setup.

Please note that this role is fixed term until 31 October 2024.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Aid the performance of Matildas players in camp by leading the provision of strength and conditioning services, recovery sessions, warm-ups and, in cooperation with other Sports Science and Sports Medicine staff, individualised rehabilitation sessions.
Oversee the collection and distribution of wellbeing and physical performance information, including the use of GPS technology, to help guide training prescription and individualisation.
Undertake physical testing of players, forming part of ongoing player care and management, and provide insights on player development to coaches and other high-performance staff.
Liaise with other Sports Science and Sports Medicine staff daily (in camp) to ensure best practice care for all Matildas players and communicate recommendations clearly to coaching staff.
Out of camp, liaise closely with coaching, medical and logistics staff to support the planning of camp schedules and provide input on the training structure, travel arrangements, acclimatisation strategies, meal timings and other factors affecting performance.
Design appropriate, individualised and football specific strength and conditioning programs for an extended list of Matildas players, in cooperation with medical staff and players’ clubs.
Communicate frequently with high-performance staff at players’ clubs to ensure their continuous care when transitioning between clubs and national team.
Ensure the smooth transition and ongoing care of youth team players into the Matildas’ setup by liaising with the Head of Sports Science, youth team sports science staff and other relevant persons.
Stocktake Matildas’ sports science equipment, provide input into the purchasing of sports science equipment for female national teams via the Head of Sports Science, and order nutritional supplements for Matildas camps with the input of Football Australia’s nutrition experts.

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Experience, Skills and Qualifications:

5+ years of experience working with professional athletes, ideally females
High level of written and verbal communication skills and an ability to build rapport quickly
Ability to work collaboratively and supportively within a high-performance team environment
Postgraduate qualification in Sports and Exercise Science or related field
Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) accredited Sports Scientist, Exercise Scientist or High-Performance Manager or comparable international accreditation

Additional Requirements:

Working with children check (paid/ employee) or state- based equivalent if residing in Australia
International Police Check if residing outside of Australia
Out of hours and weekend work as required
Intrastate, interstate and international travel


At Football Australia we want look after our people and below are just some of the many benefits of joining our team:
Flexible work arrangements
Birthday Leave
Study Leave
Wellbeing & Lifestyle leave
Paid Parental leave in addition to statutory government offering
Volunteer leave
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Partner discounts
Workplace Banking Program
Social Activities such as 5-a-side futsal

Click APPLY NOW to submit your application, including a cover letter and current resume.

Application Closing Date: 16 November 2023

Football Australia are an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a safe working environment that embraces and values child safety, diversity, and inclusion. Our values and behaviours support and encourage an environment that sees its people drive impact on and off the pitch, are trusting in each other, united to achieve and embrace an inclusive environment.

We encourage applications from people who identify as female or non-binary, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island people, people with disabilities and people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. If you require support or advice with your application, please contact us.

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