Programs

Football is played at all levels, from beginners all the way to FIFA World Cups for men and women.

For players looking to advance, and for their families, sometimes the many different program names and competition names can seem like an impenetrable mystery – it is hard to know where you can get to and how.
For that reason, we have mapped out the different programs and levels for the male and female talented player development pathways below so that people have some idea where they can go.

We’ve highlighted the areas where we run programs, and in areas where we don’t run programs but a nearby FNSW club does, we will list them so you know where you can look.

Male Competition Structures 2020
Curriculum Phase Format Age ESFA Divisions National Premier Leagues
National Premier League Men 4 National Premier League Men 3 National Premier League Men 2 National Premier League Men 1
Performance 11v11 45+ O45M NPLM4 First Grade NPLM3 First Grade NPLM2 First Grade NPLM1 First Grade
35+ O35M
Open AAM
23
22
21 U21
20 NPLN4 U20 NPLN3 U20 NPLM2 U20 NPLM1 U20
19
18 U18 NPLM4 U18 NPLM3 U18 NPLM2 U18 NPLM1 U18
Game Training 17
16 U16 NPLY 2 U16 NPYL 1 U16
15 U15 NPLY 2 U15 NPYL 1 U15
14 U14 NPLY 2 U14 NPYL 1 U14
Skill Training 13 U13 NPLY 2 U13 NPYL 1 U13
12 U12 ESFA SAP U12
9v9 11 U11 ESFA SAP U11
10 U10 ESFA SAP U10
7v7 9 U9 ESFA SAP U9
Discovery 8 U8
4v4 7 U7
6 U6
* Played in a 9v9 MiniRoos format

 

Female Competition Structures 2020
Curriculum Phase Format Age ESFA Divisions Girls Conference League National Premier Leagues
National Premier League Women 2 National Premier League

Women 1

Performance 11v11 30+ AAW NPLW2 Firsts and Reserves NPLW1 Firsts and Reserves
Open
23
22
21
20
19
18 G18
Game Training 17 GCL

U17

NPLW2 U17 NPLW1 U17
16 G16
15 GCL

U15

NPLW2 U15 NPLW1 U15
14 G14 GCL

U14

NPLW2

U14

NPLW1

U14

Skill Training 13 GSAP U13*
12 G12 GSAP U12** SAP U12**
9v9 11 G11 GSAP U11 SAP U11
10 G10 GSAP U10 SAP U10
7v7 9 G9 SAP U9
Discovery 8 G8
4v4 7 U7
6 U6
* Played in a 10v10 format

** Played in a 9v9 format

For male players, ESFA runs SAP and runs Boys Youth League (u13-u16) in conjunction with UNSW FC – below are listed the other clubs based in the Eastern Suburbs and the competitions they are in:

  • Hakoah Sydney City East: National Premier League Men’s 2, National Premier League Youth (Tier 1)
  • Sydney University: National Premier League Men’s 3, National Premier League Youth (Tier 2)
  • Dunbar Rovers NPL: National Premier League Men’s 3, National Premier League Youth (Tier 2)
  • UNSW FC: National Premier Leagues Men’s 4, National Premier League Youth (Tier 2)*in conjunction with ESFA

For female players, ESFA runs SAP and Girls’ SAP. Below are listed the other clubs based in the Eastern Suburbs and the competitions they are in:

We hope this takes away a little bit of the mystery and enables players and their families to have a better idea of where they are placed within the football development pathway.

With thanks to our partners

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