SAP & GSAP

ABOUT ESFA SAP

ESFA participates in the Football NSW Skill Acquisition Program (SAP), which is part of the talented pathway for players aged between 9-12 years of age. Our program is the designated pathway program in the Eastern Suburbs aligned with Sydney FC Academy.

Through our relationship with Sydney FC, players from our program are scouted each year to represent Sydney FC with their Youth League Academy.  Furthermore, our relationship with other Youth League clubs in the Metro East area ensures our players who graduate from the program are given the best opportunity to play at the highest level.

SAP incorporates the fundamental principles of the FFA National Curriculum and MiniRoos regulations, including match formats, training loads, match loads, program duration and field dimensions.

Our experienced youth developers (coaches) are all highly qualified professionals (FFA/AFC A and B Licence holders) that focus on individual development and preparing players to take the next step into youth teams.

Training sessions are designed to follow and incorporate the 4 core skills and focus on individual performance and game understanding/awareness.  Emphasis is placed on development rather than winning matches, although we encourage players to develop a ‘winning mentality’ through their actions and attitude.  This program is designed for players who are serious about developing their football skills and furthering themselves in the years to come.

Players are selected into the program based on their current skill level, their potential to develop the key skills required, their attitude and commitment to the program.

Trials dates are listed below, and players are put through several stations, along with small-sided games to highlight their individual attributes.

SAP & GSAP 2023 Expressions of Interest

To register your interest to trial with ESFA, please fill out the following link:

MIXED SAP: https://www.jotform.com/222021851342847
GIRLS SAP:  https://form.jotform.com/222021209596855

For further information please email sap@esfa.com.au

In 2023, ESFA Teams will participate in the following age groups:

Mixed SAP:
U9: boys and girls born in 2014
U10: boys and girls born in 2013
U11: boys and girls born in 2012
U12: boys and girls born in 2011

Girls SAP:
U10: girls born in 2013
U11: girls born in 2012
U12: girls born in 2011
U13: girls born in 2010

Key Season 2022/23 dates:

Trial Period November (by invitation) Training Day/s Sessions Per week
Pre Season Training  November/December TBC 2 times per week (TBC)
  February/March TBC 2 times per week plus trial games
Season March until August TBC 3 times per week plus games

Trial Procedure

  • Please arrive 15mins prior to your allocated start time
  • Players will be signed in at the entrance to the Heffron Synthetic field and will be given a trial number.  Parents/spectators will be asked to observe from the seating area while socially distancing.
  • NO Parent should come onto the playing field.
  • Coaches will observe children in different formats being technical skills, small-sided games (2v2, 4v4) and a bigger game.
  • We ask that no Parent/spectator coach or instruct during the trial process. Any parent found doing this will be asked to leave the venue.
  • Each trial will go for 1hr-1hr15mins.
  • Parents will be notified of the next step via email the following day.
  • Any child wanting to trial for a goalkeeper position, please advise.

COVID Considerations

  • We ask all parents/spectators to register using the QR Code provided at the registration desk.
  • We ask all parents/spectators not to come onto the playing field unless of an emergency
  • Parents/spectators to view the session from the concrete seating area, while social distancing.
  • Upon completion of the trial, children will be escorted to the exit area (gate nearest tennis centre and concrete seating area) for pick up. We ask all parents to please vacate the venue and not to hang around.

We understand that trials can be a stressful and anxious period for many young players.  Our staff/coaches will endeavour to make the experience and the environment warm and welcoming for each child.  It is important to note that all children are on different paths and stages and selection will be based around their ability this given moment. Some attributes that we will be looking out for besides their technical ability will be their coachability (can they follow instructions/listening), and their game understanding.

If you will not be attending trials this year, we ask that you let us know over the coming days to allow for others to trial and so we can plan accordingly.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact sap@esfa.com.au

ABOUT ESFA SAP

ESFA participates in the Football NSW Skill Acquisition Program (SAP), which is part of the talented pathway for players aged between 9-12 years of age. Our program is the designated pathway program in the Eastern Suburbs aligned with Sydney FC Academy.

Through our relationship with Sydney FC, players from our program are scouted each year to represent Sydney FC with their Youth League Academy.  Furthermore, our relationship with other Youth League clubs in the Metro East area ensures our players who graduate from the program are given the best opportunity to play at the highest level.

SAP incorporates the fundamental principles of the FFA National Curriculum and MiniRoos regulations, including match formats, training loads, match loads, program duration and field dimensions.

Our experienced youth developers (coaches) are all highly qualified professionals (FFA/AFC A and B Licence holders) that focus on individual development and preparing players to take the next step into youth teams.

Training sessions are designed to follow and incorporate the 4 core skills and focus on individual performance and game understanding/awareness.  Emphasis is placed on development rather than winning matches, although we encourage players to develop a ‘winning mentality’ through their actions and attitude.  This program is designed for players who are serious about developing their football skills and furthering themselves in the years to come.

Players are selected into the program based on their current skill level, their potential to develop the key skills required, their attitude and commitment to the program.

Trials dates are listed below, and players are put through several stations, along with small-sided games to highlight their individual attributes.

COST:
Cost of the program:  $1500 (includes all training gear).

Upon selection into the program, a deposit of $600 must be paid to secure your spot.  The remaining fees ($900) is expected by February prior to the season commencing.  Please note, Active Kids vouchers are applicable and can be used at the time of registration in February.

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