Youth Development Phase [YDP]
12 – 16 years old
The YDP provides a natural progression from the SAP, as the emphasis on independent decision making becomes greater in the YDP along with the increased emphasis on the player’s tactical contribution.
Adopting a holistic approach to provide players with opportunities to develop psychologically, tactically, technically and physically in the YDP is essential.
Exposure as an individual and collective to a variety of game-based environments is required to stimulate player development.
The role of the coach in this phase is to equip players with the appropriate knowledge to read and react to any situation. Aiming to satisfy individual needs in this phase through thoughtful design and purposeful practice.
Sessions should be motivating for all, enriching and productive. Ultimately the long-term outcome of this phase is preparing players with the correct tools to react effectively to any situation.
Coaches in the YDP will use a variety of teaching pedagogy as a means of achieving the pre-determined learning outcomes for each session and game.
The National Premier League (NPL) is an Australia-wide competition run as part of the advanced player pathway..
NPL under Northern New South Wales Football Federation (NNSWF) is part of Football Federation Australia’s (FFA) nationwide program for player development which enables players to participate against each other on a regular basis in competitive matches.
NPL – YOUTH – PLAYER PATHWAY
FAQ’S – NPL Information