Agenda and speaker line-up for 2019 FV Coaching Conference Released

Football Victoria has released the agenda and speaker line-up for the 2019 Football Victoria Coaching Conference at Monash University – Clayton Campus - on Saturday, December 7.

FV invites the Victorian coaching community to the day-long conference which offers relevant presentations to all coaches. 

Speaker biographies are below and the agenda will include:

Saturday December 7th                           Monash University, Clayton Campus

9:00am         Welcome/Housekeeping - Louise McColl

9:05am         Conference Opening - Kimon Taliadoros, President, Football Victoria

9:20am         'A Forward Looking, Forward Thinking Mentality' - Sean Douglas                                          National Coach Development Manager, FFA

10:20am      Morning Break/Networking

10:35am       'Autonomy Support for Coaches' - Lara Mossman,  University of                                              Melbourne

11.35am      ‘What was that for Ref? – A clarification of the Laws of the Game’ -                                         Michael Fabian - Referee Development Manager at Football Victoria 

12.35pm      Football Coach Employment Conditions & Status - Gary Cole ‘FCA’

1.20pm          Lunch

2:00pm         Skill Training, Game Training sessions - Sean Douglas

3:00pm       'How’s the water?’ - exploring cultural influences on coaching, sport organisations & society - Mark Upton ‘myfastestmile’

3:30pm        'Culture Amplifies Talent' - John Didulica - Chief Executive,                                                        Professional Footballers Australia (PFA)

4.15pm         Coaching Panel & Open Mic (JD, SD, MU, DF)

5:00pm         Conference Close

Times are indicative

Coaches that register to attend online will receive a 12-month XPS subscription (player management and coach education) courtesy of Football Victoria as part of their attendance.

There will also be time for networking among the Victorian coaching community.

Tickets start from $150 and can be booked via this link.

Speaker Biographies:

Sean Douglas

Sean has a keen interest in helping coaches learn. He holds an AFC/FFA Pro Diploma, but also has a passion for continual learning, which has included a Masters of Coaching (University of Queensland), and training as a Master Coach Developer through the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) Coach Developer Academy.

Sean has been involved in Coach Development for over 13 years, helping coaches / organisations in different countries and sports. He has a playing background at a professional and international level, and has coached at ‘national league’ level, and with various international age group teams. Despite this experience at a high level, he highlights working (early in his coaching career) as a full-time coach in a community club, coaching 12 sessions every week from U9’s to Seniors, as his best learning moments.

Lara Mossman

Lara Mossman (BSc, MA, MAPP) is a PhD candidate whose research has involved the development of an online training program for youth sport coaches that draws on positive psychology, self-determination theory, and achievement goal theory. 

Lara has developed and delivered two positive psychology sports-based undergraduate subjects at La Trobe University. She also works at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne, where she develops, teaches, and coordinates undergraduate positive psychology breadth subjects, as well as lecturing into the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) and professional certificates. She is accredited in the Strengths Profile and co-founded The Strengths Exchange with Professor Lea Waters. Lara writes for the Player Development Project and has written Football Federation Australia’s Coaching Resource website.

Gary Cole

Executive Committee Member (Football Coaches Australia)

Former Socceroo & Executive Manager at FV as well as having roles at Melbourne Victory & Sydney FC.

Now working for himself as a consultant and member of the Executive Committee at FCA.

John Didulica

John is a licensed legal practitioner, graduating with a Master of Laws (Hons) from the University of Melbourne having previously concluded a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University in his home town of Geelong.

Recently, John was admitted to Harvard Business School to study the Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports. A former professional footballer in the NSL with Sydney United and Melbourne Knights, John was originally a club delegate before joining the players' association in 2002 as General Counsel before later being appointed Chief Executive, which included service on the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber.

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the players and the sport, John was awarded PFA Life Membership in 2008. In 2008 he joined Football Federation Australia (FFA), where he assumed the role of Legal Counsel, focusing on the sport's legal framework, covering all local, professional and international aspects of the game. Following the granting of an A-League licence to Melbourne Heart (now Melbourne City), John was appointed to the role of Director of Football and Legal Counsel. In this role, Didulica continued to work closely with athletes, coaches, the sporting community, and on all aspects of football club operations. In 2016 John was appointed as the PFA's Chief Executive.

Michael Fabian

Michael has over 20 years’ experience in refereeing thanks to his long international career as a FIFA referee in Hungary. After working his way to the elite level in Europe, Michael was appointed to over 100 matches as a FIFA referee. Most notably, Michael made 20 appearances in the UEFA Champions League including the UEFA Champions League FINAL 2011, Barcelona–Manchester United, UEFA Champions League SEMI-FINAL 2013, Bayern Munich–Barcelona, UEFA Champions League SEMI-FINAL 2012, Real Madrid–Bayern Munich. 

Since moving to Australia, Michael has been working with FV referees as a referee assessor and instructor. For the past 3 seasons, Michael has also worked in a part time role as A-League Elite Referees Coach, working with the professional referees within the A-League. Michael is currently employed as FV Referee Development Manager leading the education of Victoria’s 1450 referees.

Mark Upton

Growing up in Adelaide, Mark’s with first coaching experience was in tennis & AFL.


In 2014 he joined the English Institute of Sport as their first-ever Coaching Science Manager. His role involves supporting athletes and coaches directly in their learning and development, as well as providing system-level input into UK Sport’s world-leading coach development programmes and NGB’s coaching and talent pathways.

“By embracing the complexity of learning, I can think of nothing better than to work with Al and others at myfastestmile as we endeavour to help people be their best. I’m hoping that by doing so, I will also get the best from myself.”