Skill Acquisition Program [SAP]
9 – 12 Years Old
What is SAP?
Our governing body, Football Federation Australia, use our own National Curriculum to implement the Skill Acquisition Program (SAP) to perfect and accelerate the skill development of identified players at the critical ages of 9 to 12. This is the age group universally acknowledged to be the ideal mental and physical stage in development which children are able to acquire motor skills.
The program is conducted from November to September with a Gala Day held monthly from February through to August. Breaks will be taken for school holidays (unless stipulated by Northern NSW Football). Training will take place twice a week and takes priority over club training.
To provide the necessary technical ‘tools’ to players in order to help them be able to play the game at the highest possible level with a focus on functional game skills.
Fundamental Core Skills
The Skill Acquisition Program focuses on the development of the four core skills:
Striking the ball
Running with the ball
Coaches in the SAP Phase will predominantly use ‘Question and Answer’ as a means of achieving the pre-determined learning outcomes for each session and game.