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.  

To register your interest in trialling with ESFA, please email the Technical Director  Registrations are now closed for trial.
In 2020, ESFA Teams will participate in the following age groups:

Mixed SAP - full time program:

U9: boys and girls born in 2011
U10: boys and girls born in 2010
U11: boys and girls born in 2009
U12: boys and girls born in 2008

Key Season 2020 dates:
Trial Period October 20th Oct Begins  
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 $600 must be paid to secure your spot.  The remaining fees ($900) is expected by February prior to the season commencing.  Please note, Active Kids vouchers are applicable and can be used at the time of registration in February. 

Click here for trial information.

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