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SAP 2017: Elite Player Development U9/U10/U11/U12  
 

Updated: 7 October 2016  
 

 
 

NSFA operate two Skill Acquisition Program (SAP) licences and a Girls SAP licence.  
 

 
 

  • Northern Tigers SAP (Age groups U9/U10/U11/U12)  
  • NSFA SAP ( Age groups U9/U10/U11/U12  
  • Northern Tigers FC Girls SAP (Age groups U10/U12)  

 
 

 
 

SAP Trial 1 Details:  
 

 
 

All players must register online for the trials – see links below.  
 

 

 

 
 

NT SAP  
 

NSFA SAP  
 

NT Girls SAP  
 

Date  
 

Sunday 16 Oct 2016  
 

Sunday 16 Oct 2016  
 

Sunday 23 Oct 2016  
 

Location  
 

Charles Bean Oval  
 

Eton Rd  
 

Lindfield  
 

Mills Park  
 

Baldwin Av  
 

Asquith  
 

Charles Bean Oval  
 

Eton Rd  
 

Lindfield  
 

Age Groups:  
 

Trial Start Time  
 

(arrive at least 30 mins early to sign in at the registration desk)  
 

U9 (born 2008 & 2009)  
 

1.45pm  
 

1pm  
 

8.30am  
 

U10 (born 2007)  
 

3pm  
 

2.15pm  
 

U11 (born 2006)  
 

4.15pm  
 

3.30pm  
 

9.45am  
 

U12 (born 2005)  
 

5.15pm  
 

4.45pm  
 

Register online  
 

NT SAP Click Here  
 

NSFA SAP Click Here  
 

NT Girls SAP Click Here  
 

 

 
 

Registrations will not open until 17 September.  
 

 
 

Before registering for the trials please read the Frequently Asked Questions regarding SAP and also the SAP Trial Process information below.  
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions  
 

 
 

What is SAP?  
 

SAP is a football development program of the highest standard and is for talented and committed players. SAP is the start of the FNSW/FFA official elite player pathway. SAP teams can be made up of both boys and girls (where the majority of players are boys), and now there is also a Girls SAP option.  
 

 
 

Consistent with the skill acquisition phase of the FFA National Curriculum the focus is on core skill development. This technical development will provide the foundation for players to later progress into National Premier League youth teams.  
 

In addition to regular training sessions, players will be able to showcase their skills against other SAP licences from the metro area and outer Sydney areas in a season of scheduled non-competition games and gala days.  
 

The primary focus is on player development, not results.  
 

Why does NSFA operate 3 SAP licences (NT SAP, NSFA SAP, NT Girls SAP)?
NSFA have operated one SAP licence (Northern Tigers SAP) since Football NSW (FNSW) introduced SAP in 2013. The number of players’ trialling for a place in the NT SAP program has continued to grow over the past few seasons, resulting in many talented and motivated local players missing out on an opportunity. NSFA SAP commenced in 2016 providing greater opportunities to satisfy the local demand for this level of development. Likewise the introduction of a Girls SAP provides greater opportunities for girls.  
 

How are players selected to play in a SAP licence?
There is a trial process whereby players meeting the eligibility criteria (explained below) attend a trial or series of trials. More details on trial dates/times/location and the process are explained in this document.    

 

Who can trial for NT SAP, NSFA SAP, NT Girls SAP?
Players living in the NSFA region (within the Met Far North State Titles boundaries) are eligible to represent NT SAP, NSFA SAP and NT Girls SAP. Please note this is a FNSW regulation. Proof of residential address will be required when selected. If you are unsure please email your residential address to
technicaldirector@nsfa.asn.au to check your eligibility.  
 

Can I register to play for a local club team and SAP at the same time during 2017?
No. Players CANNOT also play for a local NSFA club if they are selected for any of the SAP licences (this is a Football NSW regulation).  

 

What is the difference between NT SAP and NSFA SAP?
The NSFA Technical Director will oversee and be responsible for both licences ensuring consistency across both programs, including but not limited to: football philosophy, coaching quality and style, periodised annual season plans, training and match day structures. Both licences play in the same competition structure so they play against the same clubs and have the same number of matches.  

 

The main differences will be with regard to the coaches and training location. NT SAP and NSFA SAP will have their own unique coaching teams (although both of equivalent quality) and they will train at different locations. NT SAP training locations will be based in the central/southern part of the association, while NSFA SAP will be based in the northern part of the association (read on for more details on training venues).  
 

Should I trial for NT SAP or NSFA SAP?
Players can elect to trial for either licence. As explained above the primary difference is the training location of the licences, so the decision on which licence to trial for may come down to what is most convenient for you. Training location details are provided in the document below.  

 

How many teams and players will be selected in each SAP licence in 2017?  

 

Age Group  
 

Year Born  
 

NT SAP Squads  
 

NSFA SAP Squads  
 

NT Girls SAP  
 

U9  
 

2008 & 2009*  
 

20 (16 boys + 4 girls)  
 

20 (16 boys + 4 girls)  
 

14  
 

U10  
 

2007  
 

24 (20 boys + 4 girls)  
 

24 (20 boys + 4 girls)  
 

U11  
 

2006  
 

24 (20 boys + 4 girls)  
 

24 (20 boys + 4 girls)  
 

14  
 

U12  
 

2005  
 

24 (20 boys + 4 girls)  
 

24 (20 boys + 4 girls)  
 

 

*Players born in 2009 will be considered for NT SAP and NSFA SAP, not NT Girls SAP.  
 

NB: The player numbers above are the maximum squad sizes; these do not have to be achieved if it is deemed the potential player quality does not justify selection.

NT SAP and NSFA SAP:  
 

·        Each age group trains as one squad with 2 coaches, with the squad split into 2 teams of similar ability for weekend games (players are rotated between the teams over the season)  
 

·        U9 – 7 v 7 game format  
 

·        U10/U11/U12 – 9 v 9 game format  
 

NT Girls Only SAP:  
 

·        One squad in each age group  
 

·        U10/U12 - 9 v 9 game format  
 

 
 

Can girls play in NT SAP and NSFA SAP?  
 

Yes girls can be selected in NT SAP and NSFA SAP. 4 girls can be selected in each age group.  
 

 
 

Should girls trial for NT SAP/NSFA SAP or NT Girls SAP?  
 

Girls are welcome to trial for NT SAP/NSFA SAP and then still trial for NT Girls SAP. The trial date for NT Girls SAP will be after the other SAP trials have completed. If you trial for NT SAP/NSFA SAP and are not successful then you can still trial for NT Girls SAP. If you would like to first trial for NT SAP/NSFA SAP then register online for that trial, if you then want to trial for NT Girls SAP then register online for that trial also.  
 

 
 

In 2017 is NT Girls SAP a fulltime program like NT SAP/NSFA SAP?  
 

Yes FNSW will be providing an option for fulltime Girls SAP that will be equivalent to the mixed SAP options in terms of training 3 times per week and playing a competition game every weekend.  
 

 
 

When, where and what time are the training sessions and weekend games?  
 

 
 

 
 

NT SAP  
 

NSFA SAP  
 

NT Girls SAP  
 

Pre Xmas Training  
 

Start: week of 14 Nov 2016  
 

Finish: week of 5 Dec 2016  
 

Start: week of 14 Nov 2016  
 

Finish: week of 5 Dec 2016  
 

Start: week of 14 Nov 2016  
 

Finish: week of 5 Dec 2016  
 

Season Training  
 

Start: week of 30 Jan 2017  
 

Finish: mid-August 2017  
 

Start: week of 30 Jan 2017  
 

Finish: mid-August 2017  
 

Start: week of 30 Jan 2017  
 

Finish: mid-August 2017  
 

Training sessions  
 

3 sessions a week (2 sessions in the pre xmas period)  
 

3 sessions a week (2 sessions in the pre xmas period)  
 

3 sessions a week (2 sessions in the pre xmas period)  
 

Training Days  
 

To be confirmed*  
 

To be confirmed*  
 

To be confirmed*  
 

Training Start Time  
 

Between 4.30pm and 7pm*  
 

Between 4.30pm and 7pm*  
 

Between 4.30pm and 5.30pm*  
 

Training Duration  
 

U9: 60min  
 

U10/11/12: 60 to 75min  
 

U9: 60min  
 

U10/11/12: 60 to 75min  
 

U10/12: 60 to 75min  
 

Training location/s  
 

Charles Bean (Lindfield)/  
 

Willis Centre (Castle Cove)  
 

(Note – pre xmas 1 session a week at North Turramurra)  
 

North Turramurra  
 

/ Mills Park  
 

North Turramurra  
 

Games  
 

1 per weekend(Sat or Sun)  
 

1 per weekend(Sat or Sun)  
 

1 per weekend(Sat or Sun)  
 

Home Game Location  
 

Charles Bean (Lindfield)/  
 

North Turramurra  
 

Charles Bean (Lindfield)/  
 

North Turramurra/Mills Park  
 

Charles Bean (Lindfield)/  
 

North Turramurra/Mills Park  
 

Away Game Locations  
 

Within Sydney metro area**  
 

Within Sydney metro area**  
 

Within Sydney metro area **  
 

Game Kick Off Times  
 

U9: 8.30am/9.30am  
 

U10: 8.30am/9.30am  
 

U11: 10.30am/11.30am  
 

U12: 10.30am/11.30am  
 

U9: 8.30am/9.30am  
 

U10: 8.30am/9.30am  
 

U11: 10.30am/11.30am  
 

U12: 10.30am/11.30am  
 

TBC  
 

Games Commence  
 

Trial games: mid Feb  
 

Comp games: mid March  
 

Trial games: mid Feb  
 

Comp games: mid March  
 

Trial games: mid Feb  
 

Comp games: mid March  
 

*Waiting on ground availability confirmation and coach availability confirmation before specific training days and times for each age group can be released. This will be done asap.
**There might be one game on the Central Coast or Wollongong


What are the player fees for SAP in 2017?
The full cost of the program per player including player kit is $1,500 incl GST  
 

Can I trial for and play an age group up?
All new players are required to trial in their own age group unless specifically told otherwise by the NSFA Technical Director. Assessments will be made by the coaching staff during the trial process to determine if it is in the player’s best interest to play up an age group. 2016 SAP players that played an age group up should contact the NSFA Technical Director before the trials to discuss trial options for 2017.  

 

 
 

Players can play in a lower age group if they are approved and meet the relative age effect (RAE) guidelines as outlined by FNSW – is this applicable to me?
Players born in Oct/Nov/Dec may in certain circumstances be able to play in the age group below their actual age group (determined by FNSW’s Relative Age Effect guidelines). All players are required to trial in their own age group; assessments will be made by the coaching staff during the trial process to determine if a player is suitable for an RAE application. 2016 SAP players that were approved RAE players should contact the NSFA Technical Director before the trials to discuss trial options for 2017.  

 

Are dedicated Goalkeepers selected for each age group/team?
In the U9 and U10 age groups we may not select dedicated goalkeepers. In the U11 and U12 age groups if a player is interested in playing goalkeeper we will certainly consider/select them as a dedicated goalkeeper if they are at the required level.  If there are no dedicated goalkeepers selected in an age group then players are rotated into the goalkeeper position on a weekly basis for games. Goalkeepers are provided with goalkeeper specific training.  

 

Is it compulsory to attend all training sessions and all games?
To maximise the development benefits of the program attendance at all training sessions and games is very important. There is an expectation that players and parents commit fully to the program.   

 

Does training and games continue in the school holidays?
Yes. The training load may be reduced to two training sessions a week during some school holiday periods. FNSW generally schedule games during the school holiday periods.  

 

What are the player development options for players not selected into a SAP squad?
During the trial process we will be identifying 2009 born players not selected in an U9 SAP squad to be selected into an U8 Development Training Squad. The players will train with a dedicated coach twice a week throughout 2017 and still train and play with a local club. Invitations will be sent out after the trial process has completed.  

 

For other players, identify a local NSFA club with a commitment to player development. This should include a commitment to coaching standards (including but not limited to coach accreditation standards, supporting the FFA National Curriculum in terms of playing style, and age specific training content).  
 

Additional curriculum based professional training can be obtained via the NSFA Football School, a player development training program for U6 to U14 players. The Football School operates in each school term; training can be once or twice a week at a number of different venues within NSFA. Players use the Football School in addition to playing for a local club.  
 

Email Head Coach Eilidh Mackay for more details footballschool@nsfa.asn.au

 

 

 

 
 

 
 

TRIAL PROCESS  
 

Are there separate trials for NT SAP and NSFA SAP?
Yes. The first trial for NT SAP and NSFA SAP are at different locations on the same day at the same time. Players attending the NT SAP trial on 16 October will initially be considered for selection in the NT SAP licence, likewise players attending the NSFA SAP trial on 16 October will be initially considered for selection in the NSFA SAP licence.  

 

The 2nd trial will be combined(both NT SAP and NSFA SAP) at the same location, players invited to attend the 2nd trial will initially be considered for selection in the licence they trialled for at the first trial.  
 

If the places in a specific SAP licence fill up during or after the 2nd trial, then suitable players might be offered a place in the other licence.  
 

When will selection decisions be made?
It is expected that a large number of players will be offered places immediately after the first trial on Sunday 16 October. Selected players will be asked to bring a parent/carer to the registration desk at the conclusion of the trial. Payment is required to secure the position offered. Payment can be made by cash / cheque / credit card.  

 

By 10pm on Sunday 16 October a list of players will be posted on the NSFA and Northern Tigers FC website inviting players (registration numbers will be listed) to the 2nd trial to be held on Monday 17 October (time and location details will be detailed on the website notice).  
 

Players who accept a place after Trial 1 and have made payment are not required to attend subsequent trials.  
 

Will there be additional trials?
Yes there is likely to be more than one trial, although players attending additional trials will be by invitation only.  

 

What if I cannot attend the first trial on Sunday 16 October?
Yes you can attend the 2nd trial but you must register for the trial online and then notify the NSFA Technical Director by email before the first trial. Please note given a number of players will already be selected be aware there will be limited places or possibly no places remaining. If an age group is full then there will not be an opportunity to attend a trial.  

 

What if I cannot participate in the trial/s at all due to being away on holiday, sick, or injured?
Please register for the trials online and then notify the NSFA Technical Director by email before the first trial. Players in this situation can still be considered at the discretion of the NSFA Technical Director.  

 

Who is responsible for making the player assessments and selections?
A number of qualified and experienced coaches will be making the player assessments; the NSFA Technical Director has the final approval on all selections. Please note the selectors’ decisions are final.  

 

What will happen on the trial day?
Arrive at least 15 minutes before the trial start time to sign in at the registration desk, a registration number will be written on the players’ hand/arm. Players will be called in when the trial is due to start, they are asked to bring a water bottle and wear shinpads. Parents will be directed to an area where they can observe the trials. Parents are requested not to call out to players, clap, cheer etc during the trials. After the trial a number of players will be selected (their registration number on their hand will be called out). These players will be asked to go and get a parent/carer and then meet a club representative to complete the next stage in the process. For the players whose registration numbers are not read out, they will need to look at the NSFA and Northern Tigers websites after 10pm on Sunday to see if they are invited to trial 2.  

 

What is the format of the trials?
A series of specific practices and small sided games to assess the following core skills:  

 

  1. 1v1 Attacking  
  2. Striking the ball (passing the ball)  
  3. 1st Touch (controlling the ball)  
  4. Running with the ball  

Assessments of the core skills carry the greatest weight in our selection process but we also consider physical ability, effort, determination, ability and desire to learn.  
 

Will feedback be provided to players not selected?
Unfortunately due to the large number of players’ trialling it is not possible to provide any specific individual feedback. Players not selected are encouraged to continue to play and enjoy football, continue to work on developing their core skills (as listed above), and trial again next year.  

 

Questions?
Please direct all questions by email to: technicaldirector@nsfa.asn.au

 
 

Jason Eagar
Technical Director  

 

Northern Tigers FC &
Northern Suburbs Football Association  

 

 
 

 

 

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