2018 SAP Programs

The Football Federation Tasmania (FFT) Skill Acquisition Phase programs will be coming into their fifth year in 2018, being implemented through registered and FFT-endorsed clubs.

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The endorsed clubs will manage their specific SAP Programs, in which each club will bring together a squad of potentially talented players from the ages of Under 9’s to Under 12’s, to train together twice a week and play in games against other SAP teams at various times in high quality and developmentally-appropriate football environments.

These FFT-endorsed club-based programs will see more focused development in line with the FFA National Curriculum and better identification opportunities for talented players.

FFT will continue to hold regular SAP festivals for the Under 9s to 12s from these club programs to give players the chance to play with and against players at similar stages of their development for talent identification purposes. The programs will run for 36 weeks in each club, with four major non-results based festivals scheduled across the year.

Find out more information on your nearest SAP Program:

2018 National SAP Festival

Devonport will again play host to the National Skill Acquisition Festival in 2018. It will be hosted from February 23-25 at Valley Road.

SAP Philosophy and Methodology

The Skill Acquisition Phase program is a nationwide initiative of Football Federation Australia and supported by Football Federation Tasmania. A key aspect of the FFA National Curriculum is the implementation of high quality Skill Acquisition Phase programs in clubs, to perfect and accelerate the skill development of potentially talented players at the critical ages of 9 to 13. These are the age groups universally acknowledged to be the optimal mental and physical phase in which children are able to learn motor skills at an accelerated rate.

14358922_1375892019116056_1305241539893901357_nIn Australia there is often too strong an emphasis placed on results at too young an age. Therefore generally the biggest, strongest and fastest kids are being identified instead of the most talented ones.

Although winning is the purpose of a game of football, the manner and importance differs per age group. At the younger ages, youth development should focus on teaching children the skills to win a game of football “the proper way”. At the world’s top level the most skillful players decide the games, not the biggest, strongest and fittest!

At this age, football should be all about having fun and getting better. These club-based Skill Acquisition Phase programs ensure our youngest footballers are doing just that.

FFT endorsement of club SAP programs

To ensure a consistency in the level of service provision by clubs, registration of SAP programs is now required. Clubs that meet registration criteria will be endorsed by FFT and their  information will be displayed on the FFT website including details of their programs, allowing the public to make better choices around programs for their children.

Information regarding the registration of SAP programs can be found by clicking the FOLLOWING LINK

To access the registration form and other required documentation please CLICK HERE