Talented Player Programs
Football Federation Tasmania's (FFT) Talented Players Programs offer development pathways to talented young players and elite players throughout the state.
Currently there are three high performance programs: the Skill Acquisition Program (SAP), for footballers aged 9 to 13; State Team programs for boys and girls at various youth levels, and the highest level program - the National Training Centre program (NTC) based at FFT and delivered in partnership with the Tasmanian Institute of Sport (TIS).
Overseen by our two highly experienced and accredited coaches, Kenny Weston (Male Program) and Michael Edwards (Female Program), the NTC in Tasmania is one of FFA’s nine national centres across Australia. The NTC programs are supported by the Tasmanian Government through Sport and Recreation Tasmania and the Tasmanian Institute of Sport. The two full-time programs are based in Hobart. For more information on these programs, please visit our dedicated NTC Page here.
The FFT State Programs are designed to develop selected talents in Tasmania. Currently, there are three programs available for girls: Under 13, Under 14 and Under 15. For boys, two programs are available: Under 13 and Under 14. Every year, the state squads get to compete against elite players from other state teams in their respective divisions and age groups at the FFA National Youth Championships. If you'd like to find out more about these programs, please visit out dedicated State Programs page here.
The Skill Acquisition program is an important aspect of the FFA National Curriculum. Developed by the FFA and international experts, the SAP targets players between ages 9 and 13. Children within this age range are "universally acknowledged to be in the optimal mental and physical phase to gain motor skills." The SAP aims to accelerate and perfect the skill development of identified players. To find out more about trial dates and other information, please visit our dedicated SAP page here.