Skills Acquisition Program

ESFA participates in the Football NSW Skill Acquisition Program (SAP), which is part of the talented pathway for players aged between 9-12 years of age.

SAP incorporates the fundamental principles of the FFA National Curriculum and MiniRoos Regulations, including match formats, training loads, match loads, program duration and field dimensions.
Training sessions are designed to follow and incorporate the 4 core skills and focus on individual performance and game understanding/awareness.  Emphasis is placed on development rather than winning matches, although we encourage players to develop a 'winning mentality' through their actions and attitude.  This program is designed for players who are serious about developing their football skills and furthering themselves in the years to come.

Players are selected into the program based on their current skill level, their potential to develop the key skills required, their attitude and commitment to the program. Trials take place in October and players are put through several stations, along with small sided games to highlight their individual attributes.  

In 2019, ESFA Teams will participate in the following age groups:

Mixed SAP - full time program:

U9: boys and girls born in 2010
U10: boys and girls born in 2009
U11: boys and girls born in 2008
U12: boys and girls born in 2007

Key 2019 season dates:
Trial Period October 21st-31st  
Pre Season Training  November/December 12th Nov - 12th Dec 2 times per week
  February/March TBC 2 times per week plus trial games
Season March until August TBC 3 times per week plus games

Selected players are required to attend 2-3 training sessions per week plus their scheduled matches on Sunday mornings (occasional Saturday games).  ESFA provides all participating players their yearly schedule by January of each year and therefore it is expected that players attend ALL required training and games. 

Cost of the program:  $1500 (includes all training gear)

Upon selection into the program, a deposit of $300 must be paid to secure your spot.  A further $300 is expected by December, and the remaining fees are paid in February prior to the season commencing.  For financial assistance, payment plans are available upon approval by management.

Click here for trial information.

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