SAP (Skill Acquisition Program)

In 2018, PBFC will be participating in the FFNC U9 Skills Acquisition Program (SAP). 2018 is a trial program where the program will be run at club level. In 2019, we aim to run SAP teams for U9, U10, U11.

Participating clubs include Pottsville, Byron Bay and Lennox Head. Players train twice per week and play a Gala Day each month against other SAP teams. The program aims to develop skills for players who are highly motivated, enjoy being challenged and are physically and mentally ready for a more structured approach to training.

The focus during this period is on the development of the ‘functional game skills’.

The 4 Core Skills:

The FFA Skill Acquisition training program focuses upon developing four core skills when in possession of the ball.

  1. Striking the ball – This includes all forms of striking the ball such as short/long passing; shooting and crossing.
  2. First touch – Controlling the ball with all allowed body parts
  3. 1 v 1 – All moves, feints and accelerations to get past and away from an opponent
  4. 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.

For more information about the SAP Program, contact Liz Edwards: