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A key aspect of the Football Federation Australia National Curriculum is the implementation of a Skill Acquisition Phase program (SAP) to perfect and accelerate the skill development of both Boys and Girls at the critical ages of 9 to 13. This age group is universally acknowledged to be the optimal mental and physical phase in which children learn motor skills.
The most critical aspect of the SAP is the training environment created by the club and coaches as well as the training plan and sessions provided by the Head of Skill Acquisition at FFV. Implemented appropriately, players should experience a positive, fun and engaging session. After working on specific skills and principles a Gala Day is generally conducted to allow players the opportunity to apply these things against other SAP clubs, generally occurring after each 8 week cycle/training block.
The Skill Acquisition Phase program focuses on the development of four core (functional game) skills:
Positioning and Communication amongst other Key Principles of the game underpin every session in connection with the core skills shown above.
Any boy or girl aged U9-U12 who is currently registered with a club recognised as an affiliated SAP club*. A club may decide to offer this to players and have coaches willing to apply the SAP methodology as long as they meet the minimum criteria below.
*WNPL and Regional NPL Clubs/Associations have the opportunity to run the SAP for players outside of their club at a capped cost of no more than $10 per session across the entirety of the program.
After each year clubs will have to re-apply to be recognised as a SAP club. It is intended that the program is delivered to the desired format and philosophy, which will be taken into consideration when reviewing applications each year.
The programs intention is to allow any player who displays a desire to learn and improve be supported no matter their current ability. Current ability should not be prioritised over potential ability with a long-term approach toward player development encouraged. It is critical therefore, to ensure that all players are in an environment that suits their specific needs that SAP clubs recognise and can hopefully meet.
The following clubs will be delivering the Skill Acquisition Program in 2017:
|Bayside United FC|
|Bendigo City FC|
|Castlemaine GoldFields FC|
|Darebin Women's Sporting Club|
|Geelong Galaxy United|
|Glen Eira FC|
|Goulburn Valley Suns|
|Green Gully FC|
|Lalor United FC|
|Melbourne Knights FC|
|Moreland City FC|
|Murray United FC|
|North Caulfield JFC|
|North Sunshine Eagles SC|
|Northcote City FC|
|Nunawading City FC|
|Pascoe Vale FC|
|Southern United FC|
|Springvale White Eagles FC|
|Templestowe United FC|
|West Point Soccer Club|
|Western Eagles FC|
|Whittlesea Ranges FC|
|Yarraville Glory FC|
There should be no additional cost to a player/parent (apart from their regular club registration). There should be no separate fees or special charges for teams involved in the program. Only WNPL or regional based programs are able to charge (given they do not have underpinning youth teams).
Clubs/Coaches may incur a cost due to the support provided by FFV in the form of Courses, Workshops, Resources and Gala Day Administration on a case by case basis.
For more information on the new structure and minimum requirements to run the program, please click here.
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