I, the 23-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 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 analysis for clients, including several A-League clubs. For the Socceroos, I provided opposition analysis, post-match reports and long-term statistical and video analysis.
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 Spirit FC. I’ve been a Head Coach since 2013, working with U15-U18 age-groups. I am currently 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’m also studying at University. 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 Honours. I am currently completing a Master of Education (Sport Coaching) at Sydney University. I’ve also completed education in Sportstec/Sportscode, personal training, and community coaching.
Previously, 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.