Skill Acquisition Phase Program (SAP)

What is SAP?

The FFA National Football Curriculum distinguishes 6 Building Blocks:

The FFA Building Blocks Methodology is the framework that provides practical guidelines for coaches working at all levels of youth development in order to help them in answering questions such as:

  • What are the mental and physical characteristics of players in the various development stages?
  • What type of practices are best suited for specific age groups and why?
  • How long should a session go for and how often should I train?
  • How do I plan and design my sessions?
  • What are points of interest when I coach my team during matches?

 Skill Acquisition Phase (9-12)  

  • In the Skill Acquisition Phase, the coach must focus on providing a solid foundation of game-related technical skills
  • If the player does not gain this skill foundation during this phase it will be very difficult to make it up later
  • No amount of fitness or competitive spirit will ever compensate for deficiencies in functional game skills

Click here to view the Skill Acquisition Manual – A resource for youth coaches of players aged 9-12 years

Getting involved in SAP

  • Free for clubs to join, so no licence fee
  • No cost to players/parents if players are registered with a SAP club*
  • Nominated club member to be SAP Club Co-ordinator who will complete administrative duties and be the point of contact between FFV SAP and the club
  • All SAP team coaches registered on MyFootballClub with their respective club and team
  • SAP teams will be provided with a season plan and sessions as a guideline
  • Team rating in place to recognise clubs, teams and coaches that are offering different levels of commitment for players (please see rating system below)

*Clubs can charge a maximum of $10.00 per player per session for players registered to an external club.

Program Details

The program in 2018 itself will run 3 cycles starting April and finishing in September.

Clubs will be encouraged to participate in Gala Days conducted after each training cycle/block in addition to a team’s involvement in regular weekend competition games or during Catch Up Rounds.

  • SAP Training Plan commences April 2018
  • Gala dates and venues to be confirmed
  • Further details please contact SAP@ffv.org.au

Please find the link to application form here.

  • SAP Team Rating (Bronze/Silver/Gold):
  • Each SAP club and team will be nominated one of the 3 team ratings of Bronze, Silver and Gold
  • All coaches will at a minimum have a skill training certificate. (If available coaches are not qualified, FFV will assist clubs in facilitating coaching courses and coach development)
  • The status of the team is not relative to the quality or level of the players within the team
  • Clubs/teams will be encouraged to facilitate additional training for players who display a desire to learn and improve
  • Skill acquisition supports the needs of all players, regardless of their current skill level, through providing a safe and enjoyable learning environment

Gold SAP Team:

  • Head Coach has completed FFA Youth C Licence (or Senior C Licence but has significant Yth/SAP coaching experience)
  • Team trains 3 times per week (U9/10/11/12)
  • Club have access to and encouraged to use SAP season plan and sessions or have an approved club youth season plan and sessions
  • Coach registered as an active coach on MyFootballClub with their respective club and team

Silver SAP Team:

  • Coach, attended a Youth C Licence or has completed Senior C Licence without SAP coaching experience
  • Has a current FFA Community Skill Training Certificate
  • Players train 2 times per week minimum (U9 /10/11/12)
  • Coach registered as an active coach on MyFootballClub with their respective club and team
  • Club have access to and encouraged to use SAP season plan and sessions or have an approved club youth season plan and sessions

Bronze SAP Team:

  • Coach has current FFA Community Skill Training Certificate
  • Team trains 1 time (s) per week (minimum)
  • Coach registered as an active coach on MyFootballClub with their respective club and team
  • Club have access to and encouraged to use SAP season plan and sessions or have an approved club youth season plan and sessions

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