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SAP Trials Update

trialsWe will be running SAP trials for players in the following categories:

2005 Birth Boys
2006 Birth Boys
2004/5 Birth Girls

Initial Trial Dates are:

Sunday 3rd April at 11am at Salesian College
Thursday 7th April at 5pm at Watson Park
Friday 8th April at 5:30 pm at HA Smith Reserve

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Skills Acquisition Program @ Alamein FC

To register for SAP @ Alamein FC click here.

imagesWhat is SAP?

A key aspect of the Football Federation Australia National Curriculum is the implementation of a Skill Acquisition Program (SAP) to perfect and accelerate the skill development of identified players at the critical ages of 9 to 13. This is the age group universally acknowledged to be the optimal mental and physical phase in which children are able to learn motor skills.

The program is conducted over three, six-week blocks throughout the regular season with a Gala Day at the end of each block. Breaks will be taken after each Gala Day and for school holidays (unless stipulated by the SAP licensee). Training will take place twice a week and takes priority over club training. In total players will participate in exactly 36 sessions and three Gala Days.


To provide the necessary technical ‘tools’ to players in order to help them be able to play the game at the highest possible level with a focus on functional game skills.


The Skill Acquisition Program focuses on the development of the four core skills:

  • Striking the ball
  • First Touch
  • 1v1
  • Running with the ball

An absolute requirement is placed on an immediate skills transfer into positioning and small-sided games. It is based on world’s best practice and has been developed by internationally acclaimed technical coaches and the FFA technical department.

The most critical aspect of SAP is the training environment and youth training plan provided to the licensee by the local Skill Acquisition Program Head Coach, implemented appropriately by trained instructors. Licensees focus on a specific core skill in training, with Gala Days and club matches providing players the opportunity to test these skills in a competitive environment. It is important to recognise that the match in isolation should not be the focus of the licensee, coach or parent.

Perception SAP is an elite program

SAP was developed to provide the best learning environment to a large group of players in order to prepare them for the technical and tactical challenges of PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues (NPL) football that may feed into Talented Player Programs. SAP is therefore open to all players within the eligible age range each year.


Any club or program running SAP must charge no more than $10 per session (inclusive of GST). Across a 36-session season the maximum amount charged per player is $360. This includes participation at Gala Days, ground hire, equipment and training kit. It is up to each licensee to set the program fee within the $360 maximum.

FAQ’S – SAP trialist information

  1. What is the selection criteria?
    First touch will be the primary focus as well as striking the ball, 1 v 1, running with the ball and player mentality.
  2. Will unsuccessful trialists be provided feedback?
    No. With well over 1000 trialists, SAP licensees are not resourced to provide each player feedback.
  3. How many trials will there be before squads are finalised?
    As many as the SAP licensee sees fit.
  4. Where are the training venues and when is training?
    It is expected that two training sessions will be completed weekly. If there is a clash with your club training, it is hoped that SAP is prioritised, however this needs to be agreed and discussed with the clubs affected. Where possible, SAP squads are encouraged to train on non-traditional club training nights. Players then return to clubs for the weekly match.
  5. When will the program commence and conclude?
    The 2016 SAP will commence from Monday April 11 and conclude on Saturday September 10.
  6. Will the squads play competitive games?
    The program is about technical development. SAP Gala Days will be held which will showcase all SAP licensees (girls and boys) from around Victoria at a centralised venue for a one-day football festival.
  7. How many players per squad?
    Each SAP licensee will differ but can have up to 2 or 3 squads if running a girls program also. Each squad will have 12 players.
  8. Who will I trial with?
    You will trial with players similar in age. Please note we take into account the Relative Age Effect.
  9. Is the program open to goalkeepers?
    Yes the program does cater for goalkeepers. The modern goalkeeper needs to be competent in each of the four core skills. There is no specific goalkeeper training offered in the Skill Acquisition Program.
  10. Is the program open to females?
    Yes the program does cater for girls. Where there are not girls squads, girls are eligible to trial with the boys. In some cases girls may be offered the opportunity of a position in the boys group, subject to approval from FFV.
  11. Why are the birth years for eligibility different between the boys programs and girls programs?
    The difference in ages is due to the fact that there is a talented player pathway for Under 12 boys playing at NPL level, whereas at present there is no girls equivalent. In order to close this gap, Girls SAP is open to Under 12 girls. The next logical progression after this for girls is playing at NPL level in the Under 13 girls age group.

More information

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Training resumes 11th January for all MUFC teams!

Training Resumption Pre season Janu 2016

SAP Gala - Historic first outing for MUFC

SAP Dec 12 2015 croppedSaturday 2 December 2015 marked the historic first appearance of Melbourne United FC at the Skills Acquisition Program (SAP) Gala Day held at Bulleen.
Daniel Jarvis reported on proceedings:
“It was a wonderfully sunny Saturday morning at the Veneto Club in Bulleen. The MUFC SAP girls arrived early and were excited to be playing in the first ever FFV SAP gala day.
For may of them it was their first ever tournament experience. The girls played magnificently and were able to implement many of the technical areas (1st touch, RWTB, STB and 1v1) that we have been working on for the past 6 weeks. There were many highlights over the course of the three matches as we were one of the youngest teams there, which you wouldn't have known based on the way the girls played. They played with a truly UNITED spirit keeping possession, working hard for each other, winning the ball back and play with a composure beyond their years. They kept possession of the ball in tight areas and grew with each game, to create multiple goal scoring opportunities and looked really dangerous going forward in their final game.
Hats off to this fantastic group of players and their supportive families.
It has been a honour and pleasure to work with these girls and I look forward to progressing their development in new year.
Bring on the MUFC SAP 2016 season.”
Daniel Jarvis MUFC SAP
Head Coach

WNPL Ready for Takeoff in 2016

NPLfront3 860x351Women's and Girls' football embarks on exciting new era

Women's and Girls' football Victoria will be bigger and better in 2016 with the formation of the PlayStation® 4 Women’s National Premier Leagues.

This exciting new women's and girls' competition will see eight clubs set a new benchmark on and off the pitch.

Women's and girls' football is experiencing a significant rise in popularity and participation in Victoria. High-profile role models in football are growing the game, be it the FIFA World Cup quarter-finalist Westfield Matildas, or Westfield W-League clubs Melbourne Victory and newly formed Melbourne City.

PS4 WNPL Clubs - 2016

FC Bulleen Lions Galaxy United (Geelong)
Heidelberg United Melbourne United (Ashburton)
Box Hill United Keilor United
Bayside United Southern United (Greater Frankston and Casey area)

With almost 11,00 registered female players in Victoria in 2015, the PS4 WNPL will provide a Talented Player Pathway for players aspiring to the highest possible level.

The PS4 WNPL will consist of eight clubs and about 550 players in 2016. Community Clubs outside the PS4 WNPL will continue to provide football to more than 10,500 female players in 2016.

Players in Melbourne an Geelong's fastest growing hot-spots for football participation increase will now have a representative Premier club to aspire to.

Strong local government support will be a hallmark of the PS4 WNPL. All eight inaugural clubs received letters of support for their bids from their respective Councils.

Inaugural WNPL Clubs Announced - Read More

The sound procedural integrity forming criteria and assessing the 22 bids for PS4 WNPL licences means the new competition will start with a model designed for sustainable long-term high standards.

Player development, coaching, refereeing, facilities and club governance will all be enhanced for women's and girls' football by the creation of PS4 WNPL Victoria.

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