SKILLS ACQUISITION PROGRAM 2018
WHAT IS THE SKILLS ACQUISITION PROGRAM (SAP)?
A key aspect of the new Football Federation Australia National Curriculum is the implementation of the Skills Acquisition Program to perfect and accelerate the skill development of identified players at the critical ages of 8, 9, 10 and 11. The Skills Acquisition Program forms the foundation of the FFA National Talent Pathway, and plays an important role in developing individual players to play at a higher level. The SAP Academy is designed to enhance the skill development of the most talented 8, 9, 10 and 11 year old players. This is achieved by forming a “best of the best” training group and giving them the opportunity to develop the key components within the Skill Acquisition Program by the best coaches and working under the best environment. By taking the 4 core skills identified by the FFA and overloading them through training, players can fine tune these cognitive techniques and develop them to the autonomous stage of learning where execution becomes effortless and natural, in opposed situations.
The FFA’s 4 Core Skills are;
- Striking the ball – This includes all forms of striking the ball such as short/long passing; shooting & crossing
- First touch – Controlling the ball with all allowed body parts
- 1 v 1 – All moves, feints and accelerations to get past and away from an opponent
- Running with the ball at speed (with a lot of space) or ‘dribbling’ (in tight areas), this includes techniques for protecting the ball and changing direction.
The focus of SAP is on functional game skills with an immediate skills transfer into positioning and small-sided games being an absolute requirement. It is based on World’s Best Practice and has been developed by internationally acclaimed Technical Coaches and the FFA Technical Department.
Olympic FC participate in both the Boys Skills Acquisition Program.
HOW DOES THE SAP WORK AT OLYMPIC FC IN 2018?
Players who wish to participate must register and trial for selection into this program. This selection process occurs in October at the end of the regular playing season. Dates will be available on the Olympic website in August 2017. SAP players will train 4 nights per week with their SAP team and in 2018 will play in their own designated SAP competition organised by Football Queensland on a Sunday. Because Olympic has two SAP teams per year level our second SAP team will play in the top Football Brisbane Cross River Komodo competition. SAP players will also attend specific SAP carnivals throughout the year organised by Football Queensland. SAP Players are coached by a minimum C Youth accredited coach for the entirety of the program.
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM COST IN 2018?
The SAP program at Olympic FC will cost $1300. This one off fee includes all coaching fees for the program (January – September), carnivals, and presentation carnival Sunday 16 SEPTEMBER. Payment needs to be completed before the season begins in 2018. Please contact our Office Administrator on 3844 4994 for details. The kit is an additional cost but includes Playing Jersey, shorts and socks, 3 pairs of training shorts, socks and jersey, a kit bag, club polo shirt, Club travel shorts, track pants, track top.
WHEN DOES THE SAP PROGRAM BEGIN AND END IN 2018?
There will be two SAP training sessions per SAP training night. SAP teams will train on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings starting from MONDAY 29 JANUARY from 4.30pm. The training schedule times for SAP will be online shortly. The first pre-season fixture will occur on SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY against Qld Lions. The season dates has not been released as yet but as soon as they are available we will release the information on our website. All sessions will be held at Goodwin Park, Yeronga.
DO SAP PLAYERS PLAY IN CARNIVALS IN 2018?
The answer is YES. There will be SAP carnivals held throughout the 2018 season. Dates and locations will be finalised shortly.
WHO RUNS THE OLYMPIC SKILLS ACQUISITION PROGRAM IN 2018 and WHO ARE THE COACHES?
The Olympic SAP program is coordinated by Jim Gelagotis Olympic TD.
The U12 SAP teams will be coached by Nic De Jong who holds a current AFC C Youth Licence (completing AFC B Licence shortly) and he is assisted by Daniel Khoury (C Youth Licence)
The U11 SAP teams will be coached by Daniel Byrne who holds a current AFC B Licence (completing his A Licence shortly) and his assistant is Theo Kambanis (C Youth Licence)
The U10 SAP teams will be coached by Kazu Ito who holds a C Youth Licence and his assistant Angelo Stephanou (C Youth Licence)
The U9 SAP teams will be coached by Kieran Sanders who holds C Youth Licence a Hiro (C Youth Licence)
The Goal Keeping coach for the SAP teams is Nicholas Mooney who is the current Olympic Senior team goal keeper.