Lets be innovative and create sessions which revolve around the players, asking high standards of players I must also continually hold myself to those standards.

Meet Ali McLae

Website Owner

Ali has been coaching football for many years with experience at different levels and footballing job roles. He is a OFC / NZF B Licence and NZF Junior Level 3 qualified football coach and is currently studying for a bachelor of Sport Coaching, Leadership Major.

My Philosophy

I love having players comfortable with the ball on their feet, with fast one touch passing, that can play direct football and cope well with physical interactions.  Building athletes that can adapt to situations on a near instinctual level, by creating overload through a possession-based game with a purpose and looking to seek opportunities to try and penetrate the opposition.  I like teams that look to play through the thirds whilst being organised collectively in every phase of the game.


Head Of Scouting & Recruitment – Football Federation Samoa
Jan 2021 – Ongoing

Data Editor / Reviewer – Ea Sports
Jan 2020 – Ongoing

Director Of Coaching – Waikato UniCol FC
Dec 2019 – March 2021

Womens First Team Head Coach – Waikato UniCol FC
Nov 2020 – March 2021

U13s / U14s Youth Coach – WaiBOP Football Federation
Oct 2018 – Dec 2019

Community Coach Developer – WaiBOP Football Federation
March 2018 – Dec 2019

U14s Federation Youth Head Coach – Claudelands Rovers FC
Jan 2018 – Dec 2019

Junior Head Coach – WaiBOP Football Federation
2018 Sept – Oct 2018

Junior Head Coach – Waikato Football Academy
Oct 2017 – Dec 2018

Men’s First Team Head Coach – Vodafone NZ FC
Oct 2012 – July 2016

Womens First Team Head Coach – Oratia FC
Oct 2007 – Sept 2008

Groundskeeper – Arsenal FC, England
May 1997

Coaching Qualifications

New Zealand Football

OFC/NZF B License Sept 2020

OFC/NZF C License March 2018

NZF Junior Level 3 Sept 2017

NZF Goalkeeping Level 1 Oct 2018

Advanced Junior Coaching Certificate & Small Whites award June 2007

Canterbury University

Bachelor of Sport Coaching, Majoring in Leadership              Feb 2018 – Nov 2021

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