Australian Jim Selby has extensive experience as a professional coach and coach educator having worked within the field for over a quarter of a century. He also significant experience working both as a FIFA instructor and with the FIFA Technical Study Groups across all FIFA tournaments, including the 2006 FIFA World Cup™.
Until recently Selby was the Technical Director with the Oceania Football Confederation setting up the OFC’s first Technical Department, having previously been a long-serving National Coaching and Development Manager with the Australian national association. He has also delivered Coaching Courses as a FIFA Instructor across countless countries in three continents for more than a decade from grass-roots to professional level.
Selby’s coaching background is highly diverse having been a long-serving coach of Australia’s first women national team. More recently he coached the OFC All-Stars against David Beckham’s LA Galaxy.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup will mark Selby’s first visit to the Rainbow Nation for 17 years. That trip in 1993 - which involved instructing coaches and players in the townships of Soweto, Port Elizabeth, East London and Cape Town - had a profound effect on Selby’s philosophy on coaching courses and player development. "The players simply love the game because it is fun,” he says. “Maybe, just maybe, there is something in that for all of us.”
As a coach
1979 - 1988: Australia women’s team
2000: FIFA World Stars (assistant coach)
2007: OFC All Stars