I, the 22-year-old Tim Palmer, started writing about football in 2010 when I was 16 years old, simply because I enjoyed making sense of football matches. This has now grown into a passion for developing a career as a coach and analyst.
In 2011 I started the blog Australia Scout, which focused on Australian football (including the A-League and Socceroos). It became one of the most popular blogs on the A-League, receiving acclaim from notable figures in Australia including Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou.
In January 2016 Australia Scout moved to its new home on this site.
In 2014, I was approached by Prozone Sports to establish the Football Department in Australia. I work as a Performance Analyst, where my work encompasses a wide range of analysis including opposition scouting, video analysis, and pre- and post-match analysis for clients including the Socceroos and A-League clubs. One of my current roles involves providing opposition analysis, post-match reports and long-term statistical and video analysis for the Socceroos.
I love coaching. It’s what I love most about football, and it’s what motivates me most as a career. I’ve completed the FFA C and B Licence courses and am currently coaching at the Gladesville Hornsby Football Association. I’ve been a Head Coach since 2013, working with U15-U18 age-groups.
I also still play football. In 2014 I was selected for the Australian Deaf Football squad, making my international debut in a 4-1 win against North Korea. In 2015 we travelled to Chinese Taipei for the Asia-Pacific Deaf Games, where I played all four matches against Iran, Kazakhstan, Japan, and Malaysia. I’m a midfielder for my club and a centre-back for the national team.
I’m also studying at University. I graduated with a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science in 2016 from the University of Technology, Sydney and am currently completing postgraduate Honours research in skill acquisition. I’ve also completed education in Sportstec/Sportscode, personal training, and community coaching.
Part of my writing work includes contributing extensively to FourFourTwo Australia. This has included writing a weekly match analysis column on the A-League and Socceroos, as well as feature articles in the print edition of the magazine. I sometimes also write for the FFA official websites, including the Socceroos.com.au.
In the past, I have written for Leopold Method, World Soccer, Football Central AU, The Turf, The Roar, Backpage Football and OS Aussies. I have also written extensively about European football, working freelance for SB Nation Soccer. As a Chelsea fan, I am a blogger for We Ain’t Got No History.