Player Development Pathway

Football is played at all levels, from beginners all the way to FIFA World Cups for men and women. 

For players looking to advance, and for their families, sometimes the many different program names and competition names can seem like an impenetrable mystery - it is hard to know where you can get to and how.

For that reason, we have mapped out the different programs and levels for the male and female talented player development pathways below so that people have some idea where they can go.


We've highlighted the areas where we run programs, and in areas where we don't run programs but a nearby FNSW club does, we will list them so you know where you can look.

Male Competition Structures 2016

Curriculum Phase

Format

Age

ESFA Divisions

State League Men

National Premier Leagues

National Premier League Men 3

National Premier League Men 2

National Premier League Men 1

Performance

11v11

45+

O45M

SLM First Grade

NPLM3 First Grade

NPLM2 First Grade

NPLM1 First Grade

35+

O35M

Open

AAM

23

22

21

U21

20

SLM U20

NPLN3 U20

NPLM2 U20

NPLM1 U20

19

18

U18

SLM U18

NPLM3 U18

NPLM2 U18

NPLM1 U18

Game Training

17

16

U16

RC U16

NPLY 2 U16

NPYL 1

U16

15

U15

RC U15

NPLY 2 U15

NPYL 1

U15

14

U14

RC U14

NPLY 2 U14

NPYL 1

U14

Skill Training

13

U13

RC U13

NPLY 2 U13

NPYL 1

U13

12

U12

SAP U12*

9v9

11

U11

SAP U11

10

U10

SAP U10

7v7

9

U9

SAP U9

Discovery

8

U8

 

4v4

7

U7

6

U6

* To be played in a 9v9 MiniRoos format

Female Competition Structures 2016

Curriculum Phase

Format

Age

ESFA Divisions

State League Women

National Premier Leagues

National Premier League Women 2

National Premier League

Women 1

Performance

11v11

30+

AAW

SLW Firsts and Reserves

NPLW2 Firsts and Reserves

NPLW1 Firsts and Reserves

Open

23

22

21

20

19

18

G18

Game Training

17

SLW U17

NPLW2 U17

NPLW1 U17

16

G16

15

SLW U15

NPLW2 U15

NPLW1 U15

14

G14

Skill Training

13

SLW U13

NPLW2 U13

NPLW1 U13

12

G12

GSAP U12*

SAP U12*

9v9

11

G11

SAP U11

10

G10

GSAP U10

SAP U10

7v7

9

G9

SAP U9

Discovery

8

G8

 

4v4

7

U7

6

U6

* To be played in a 9v9 MiniRoos format

For male players, ESFA runs SAP and Regional Youth Conference - below are listed the other clubs based in the Eastern Suburbs and the competition they in which they will compete in 2016:

For female players, ESFA runs SAP and Girls’ SAP - below are listed the other clubs based in the Eastern Suburbs and the competition they in which they will compete in 2016:

We hope this takes away a little bit of the mystery and enables players and their families to have a better idea of where they are placed within the football development pathway.


 
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