Skill Acquisition Program (SAP)

SAP Programs

2016 SAP Programs

The Football Federation Tasmania (FFT) Skill Acquisition Programs will be coming into their third year in 2016, being implemented through licensed clubs.

The eight licensed clubs and the FFT Northern Development Centre will manage their specific SAP Programs, in which each club will bring together a squad of talented players from the ages of Under 9's to Under 12's, to train together twice a week and player in 4 state wide festivals.

The programs will see better identification opportunities for talented players and more focused development in line with the National Curriculum.

FFT will be holding regular SAP festivals for the Under 9’s to 12 component from these club programs to be used for identification purposes. The programs will run for 36 weeks in each club with four major non-results based festivals scheduled across the year.

Find out more information on your local club's SAP Program:

PROGRAM FLYER:

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SAP Cycle 1

Wk 1-4

1

2

3

4

Wk Begin

1-Feb

8-Feb

15-Feb

22-Feb

Break

29-Feb to 04-Mar

Wk 5-8

5

6

7

8

Wk Begin

7-Mar

14-Mar

21-Mar

28-Mar

Carnival Date

Sunday

9th-10th April

Prince of Wales Bay

SAP Cycle 2

Wk 1-4

1

2

3

4

Wk Begin

25-April

2-May

9-May

16-May

Break

23-May to 27-May

Wk 5-8

5

6

7

8

Wk Begin

30-May

6-Jun

13-Jun

20-Jun

Carnival Date

Sunday

2-3 July

Burnie

SAP Cycle 3

Wk 1-4

1

2

3

4

Wk Begin

18-Jul

25-Jul

1-Aug

8-Aug

Break

15-Aug to 19-Aug

Wk 5-8

5

6

7

8

Wk Begin

22-Aug

29-Aug

5-Sep

12-Sep

Carnival Date

Sunday

17-18 Sept

Launceston*

SAP Cycle 4

Wk 1-4

1

2

3

4

Wk Begin

10-Oct

17-Oct

24-Oct

31-Oct

Break

7-Nov to 11-Nov

Wk 5-8

5

6

7

8

Wk Begin

14-Nov

21-Nov

28-Nov

5-Dec

Carnival Date

Sunday

10-11 Dec

Kingborough*

SAP Philosophy and Methodology

The Skills Acquisition program is a nationwide initiative of Football Federation Australia and Supported by Football Federation Tasmania. A key aspect of the new FFA National Curriculum is the implementation of a Skill Acquisition Program to perfect and accelerate the skill development of identified talented players at the critical ages of 9 to 13. These are the age groups universally acknowledged to be the optimal mental and physical phase in which children are able to learn motor skills. 

In Australia there is too strong an emphasis on results at too young an age. Therefore generally the biggest, strongest and fastest kids are being identified instead of the most talented ones.

Although winning is the purpose of a game of football, the manner and importance differs per age group. At the younger ages, youth development should focus on teaching children the skills to win a game of football "the proper way". At the world's top level the most skilful players decide the games, not the biggest, strongest and fittest! 

At this age, football is about getting better and having fun. The Skills Acquisition Program ensures our youngest footballers are doing just that.

Check out Opens external link in new windowthis footage - from SBS's The World Game program which talks about SAP and why it is such an important step in developing young players.