Brilliant Football is a football (soccer) training academy which offers an inclusive environment where kids of all technical abilities are accepted and developed. Photo 22 Oct 2018 web large

It was established with a vision to provide families in Canberra and surrounding areas with a unique and affordable football (soccer) training experience for their kids who are between the age of 7 and 16, by focusing on developing the required age-appropriate technical skills that will make them better footballers.

We are genuinely passionate about developing the football community in Canberra and we believe that the right way to do that is by providing kids with much more than just a safe and fun environment, but at equal importance, a carefully designed football training program based on the Football Federation Australia (FFA) curriculum and our long years of football coaching expertise.

Brilliant Football coaching programs are overseen by a FFA/AFC B Licence qualified Technical Director; this ensures your kids develop the core age-specific football training skills, while experiencing a safe and pleasant football environment.

In 2018, we’ve expanded the academy into new horizons and accordingly the Brilliant Football offering now includes:

  • The High Performance Program HPP (aimed at advanced players)
  • The Development/Social Program (any kid of any level is welcome)
  • One-on-One Individual Training
  • Cooperation/Partnerships with local clubs
  • After-school Programs
  • Overseas trips to visit & play with academies & clubs

Meet Our Team:

Founder & Technical Director – Talal Safar

A passionate believer of football, Talal’s experience spans across 30 years of playing and  Coach10_2_2coaching career, both overseas and in Australia. 

After thorough observation of the current junior football landscape, he founded Brilliant Football with a genuine desire to offer a revolutionary program for developing young footballers in Canberra.  

Talal has obtained the FFA/AFC B Licence and has worked with several clubs in Australia, at junior and senior levels.

From Nov 2015 to Apr 2017, Talal has held the position of Technical Director at Canberra FC.

In Nov 2017, Talal was appointed as U16 NPL Head Coach at Belconnen United FC for the 2018 season. BUFC has won all three senior NPL Grand Finals in the 2017 season; U18, U20 & 1st Grade.

In Sep 2018, Talal has been appointed as the U20 NPL1 Head Coach at Tigers FC for the 2019 season. 

High Performance Program Director – Tony Olivera

Tony is one of Canberra’s most well-respected junior football development experts.

He brings in a wealth of knowledge and experience having held several prominent 1 for webcoaching roles in Canberra over the past 30 years.

His coaching career highlights include being current Head Coach of the ACT U12 School boys and current Assistant Coach/Manager of the Australian U16 School Boys teams, only to name a few.

Tony was fortunate to be a Liaison Officer for several international teams including the Spanish Olympic squad during the 2000 Sydney Olympics; some of that team’s players went on to become World Champions in 2010.

One of Tony’s recent achievements was to win the NPL14 Boys Minor Premiership and Grand Final in September 2018 with Belconnen United FC.

In Sep 2018, Tony has been appointed as Technical Director at Tigers FC, a leading club in the NPL1 competition, for the 2019 season.

Tony is currently preparing for his B Licence course in October 2018.

Happy Parents:

“As a parent wanting the best, Brilliant Football has it all: skills, drills and thrills. Each session starts with ball control training followed by team drills. It finishes with fully coached match play. In the words of our son: “It’s excellent because I learn new things and cool tricks.” Thank you for the great coaching. Joss really got into soccer and loves coming to your training.”

Hanne & Alf


“Talal has a natural gift for combining a warm and friendly manner with a dedicated and disciplined approach to training my son and other kids. He is an organised trainer and uses the training time very intelligently and efficiently to help kids develop their understanding of tactic and strategy in playing with the ball individually and as a team. Well done Talal!



“I highly recommend Brilliant football to any parent who wishes to introduce their child to soccer or to improve their skills. I have enjoyed watching my son develop as both an individual and team player over the program and it is testament to Talal’s coaching, his ability to recognise and build an individual’s potential without losing sight of the importance of enjoying the game.”



“Brilliant Football has been an amazing experience for our son.  The commitment Talal has towards teaching is nothing short of outstanding.  I can honestly say my son has learned something new each week he attends the clinic.  Talal is dedicated to teaching boys not only soccer skills but the all too important life skills that the boys need as they develop into young men.

Thanks for your motivation Talal and we look forward to continue being associated with Brilliant Football in years to come.”



“Ethan has absolutely loved the training sessions with Talal. Talal’s unique and structured approach to the development of skills and fitness has allowed Ethan’s soccer game to flourish this year”

– Philippa –


“You are an excellent coach! You saw potential in my boy and gave him a chance. Even when he wasn’t at his best, you guided him and encouraged him. To be part of your team has been such a treat!”

– Chris –


“Even though my son joined the team a bit late in the season, he was warmly welcomed and supported to fit in pretty quickly. Talal’s focus on technical development enabled the kids to achieve results while having fun. Talal always provided a positive and encouraging feedback; creating a supportive environment.”

– Idit –