I, 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.
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 in Australian sport, receiving acclaim from notable figures in football including Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou.
In January 2016 Australia Scout moved to its new home on this site as Tim Palmer Football.
In 2014, I was approached by Prozone Sports to establish the Football Department in Australia. Between 2014-2016, I worked as a Performance Analyst, encompassing a wide range of analysis including opposition scouting, video analysis, and pre- and post-match reviews for clients, including several A-League clubs. For the Socceroos, I provided opposition analysis, post-match reports and long-term statistical and video analysis.
Currently, I work in the coaching staff with the Pararoos, Australia’s national team for people with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury and stroke. My role includes analysis, strength & conditioning and player development.
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 A Licence course and am currently coaching at North West Sydney Football.
AT NWSF, I am the Head of Player Development. This involves coordinating, managing and developing the youth programs from U9-16s. We have implemented a player development framework called the NWS DNA which details our approach to developing players and people who can succeed at the highest level in football and in life.
A keystone of the DNA is our approach to local player development. During my time at NWSF, we have increased the number of locally-based players in our representative teams from 62% to 96% whilst achieving unprecedented success in one of our key metrics – the number of players signed to A-League clubs.
As a Head Coach, I have worked with U13-U18 age-groups. I am also Head of Video, involved in the capture, coding and analysis of matches from U9s-First Grade.
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’ve also completed significant tertiary study. I graduated with a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science in 2016 from the University of Technology, Sydney. In 2017 I received First Class Honours for research into skill acquisition. I also have completed a Master of Education (Sport Coaching) with Distinction at Sydney University.
As a writer, I’ve contributed extensively to FourFourTwo Australia. This included writing a weekly match analysis column on Australian football, as well as feature articles in the print edition of the magazine. In the past, I have written for FIFA, the FFA websites, Leopold Method, World Soccer and The Roar. I have also written extensively about European football, working freelance for SB Nation Soccer. As a Chelsea fan, I was a blogger for We Ain’t Got No History.