Skill Acquisition Phase (SAP) Program

The Skill Aquisition Phase (SAP) is a key building block in the Football Federation Australia (FFA) National Football Curriculum: 

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

Click here to view the Skill Training Certificate- participation manual

Getting involved in SAP

Program Details 

Free for clubs and associations to join; no licence fee. Three training blocks (6-weeks per block) will be offered throughout 2020.

The 2020 SAP Program will be offered in 3 different streams:

  • SAP Teams
  • SAP Training 
  • SAP Centres

SAP Teams (Club based)

Football Victoria recommends that it is best practice for clubs to deliver a SAP program within their already formed U9-12 teams participating in a Football Victoria club competition.

Clubs that register to the SAP Teams Program, will receive information on 6-week training blocks (including session plans), as well as further coaching resources to assist with their team training, squad management and furthering their coach education.

Teams will receive session plans based on their level of competition in (Kangaroos, Wallabies, Joeys) to assist with their development.

All SAP Teams will receive an invitation to FV SAP Gala Days to be run throughout the course of the season.

The SAP Teams (Club based) rating is as follows:

SAP STARS

 

To submit a 2020 SAP Teams Program Application for your Club/Association, please complete an application form.

 

SAP Training (Club/Association based)

Football Victoria will also allow clubs and associations to deliver a SAP Training Program.

Metropolitan based clubs and regional associations will be permitted to offer this program for players within the club or association who are looking to do an additional training session to their regular team training. 

Regional NPL clubs will be permitted to deliver a SAP Training Program for external players who are registered to a club within the regional association and are looking to do an additional training session to their regular team training.

SAP Training may be separated into age groups or be comprised of players from several different teams and ages between 9-12 years old.  

Clubs and associations that register to the SAP Training Program, will receive information on the 6-week training blocks (including session plans), as well as further coaching resources to assist with their training, squad management and furthering their coach education.

All SAP Training Programs will receive an invitation to FV SAP Gala Days to be run throughout the course of the season.

The SAP Training (Club based) rating is as follows:

SAP STARS

To submit a 2020 SAP Training Program Application for your Club/Association, please complete an application form.

 

SAP Centres (Football Victoria based)

In 2020, Football Victoria is excited to announce the launch of Football Victoria SAP Centres for identified U9-12 Victorian boys and girls. The Centres will be operating out of  Darebin International Sports Centre (DISC) and Knox Regional Football Centre.

SAP Centres are part time programs, working in conjunction with clubs to identify and develop potentially talented Victorian players. Players train one night a week with their allocated squad in their area, with all players required to train and play matches with their current club.

Pending further changes to government restrictions regarding community sport, FV will look to begin trials in the July school holidays. The first training block is due to commence in mid July 2020.

Initial trial invitations will be based on club nominations.

Clubs can nominate a maximum of the following:

Up to 2 players + 1 goalkeeper per age group for boys 2011 born to 2008 born.

Up to 2 players + 1 goalkeeper per age group for girls 2011 born to 2009 born.  

Please note that nominations for Under 12 girls (2008 born) will form part of the TIDC girls program, which will be communicated later in the year.

 

Additional Information

The SAP club/association is to nominate a member to be the SAP Program Manager. The nominated member will be required to complete administrative duties and be the point of contact between FV SAP and the club/association. SAP Program Managers will be provided with information for coaches on the 6-week training blocks (including session plans), as well as further coaching resources to assist with their training, squad management and furthering their coach education.

All SAP coaches are to be registered on Play Football with their respective association/club and team.

SAP Teams and Training rating will be in place to recognise clubs, teams and coaches that are offering different levels of training for players.

FV Technical staff will endeavour to visit all SAP affiliated clubs and associations throughout the year. 

Any queries regarding the 2020 SAP Program can be directed to SAP@footballvictoria.com.au