FFA Skill Acquisition Program

A key aspect of the new Football Federation Australia National Curriculum is the implementation of a Skill Acquisition Program to perfect and accelerate the skill development of identified players at the critical ages of 9 to 13. This is the age group universally acknowledged to be the optimal mental and physical phase in which children are able to learn motor skills.

The focus of the Skill Acquisition Program is on functional game skills with an immediate skills transfer into positioning and small sided games being an absolute requirement. It is based on World’s Best Practice and has been developed by internationally acclaimed Technical Coaches and the FFA Technical Department.

Northern NSW Football in conjunction with the FFA will be launching a number of Skill Acquisition Foundation Squads throughout 2011. Admittance to the Skill Acquisition Foundation Squad will be based on selection trials. In the initial stages trials are open to ALL boys and girls born in 1999 or 2000.

Players born after 2000 will be given an opportunity to trial at a later date as we look to expand the program and train up more skill acquisition trainers.

It is also planned to expand the skill acquisition program into the ‘Country' Zones of Northern NSW Football in 2011.

Selection trials are free of charge.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many Skill Acquisition Squads will there be in NNSW?
At this stage, there will be two squads in Newcastle, with plans to run squads in each of the four Non Hunter Zones later in 2011. The limiting factor is attaining FFA Accredited Skill Trainers to train the players. During 2011, there will be a Skill Trainers Course offered which will result in more SAP’s being introduced across NNSW.

Is the program offered to both boys and girls?
It is open to both boys and girls. We will not separate boys and girls at these ages. In future we may decide to run dedicated girls programs.

How do you get selected?
Players selected need to attend trials as set out by the Northern NSW Football. Players need to be born in 1999 or 2000.

What is the criteria?
The selection panel will look for the most technically competent players. Areas of focus/assessment include running with the ball, striking the ball, 1v1 attack and first touch.

How much will it cost to be part of the program?
The Skill Acquisition Program is a Not For Profit program. The charge will represent the costs associated with running the program; coach fee, equipment, venue hire. The costs will be in line with most other programs offered.

How often will they train?
The Skill Acquisition Squads will train up to three times a week. Players selected in the Hunter based SAP squads will participate in the Inter –District Development League in 2011. The length of the program will be approximately 40 weeks.

Will they still play for their Winter team?
No, all players will only play and train with the SAP Teams.

Where will the squads train?
Venues are to be confirmed in due course.

NPL - 1st Grade
NPL - 1st Grade
NPL - 1st Grade