ASSOCIATION DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM TO COMMENCE EARLY 2014
As the concept of SSG (Small Sided Games) has been part of the football scene for a few years now it has become evident that the best place to target skills development of our young players is when they are most willing and eager to play the game and learn the skills required to succeed. We have targeted this age as it is deemed to be the golden age of learning.
The coaching methodology that we are embracing is the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) National Curriculum and as such the participants will be both boys and girls in the 9 to 11 age bracket that want to progress to the next level of learning.
The FFA National Curriculum is a structured development pathway from U/6 through to senior competition football. It is a National initiative and as a stakeholder in the promotion and development of football in Australia the MDSFA, are pleased to be able to support and promote this National initiative.
The area that we will begin our development is termed the SKILL ACQUISITION PHASE (9 – 13 year olds). The SKILL ACQUISITION PHASE concentrates on four core fundamentals:
1. Striking the ball and passing,
2. Running with the ball,
3. First touch
4. 1 v 1
Our aim is to develop the fundamental skills while the young player continues to be involved in community football at their local club and is not designed to be a “representative level” program.
Each child selected will attend a training session once a week for 20 weeks for an hour long session with a qualified coach. The child will then train as per normal with their club team during the week and play with their club team on the weekend. We will organise 1 or 2 gala days against other Associations during the course of the season. These gala days will not interfere with any club games and will be played on a Sunday. We will be looking at squads of 12 players per group and also a dedicated girl's squad.
The Association Development Program, whilst delivering the FFA National Curriculum and developing fundamental skills, is not designed to be part of the elite pathway for representative football. Macarthur Rams are part of our football family and the SAP Program as outlined on the Macarthur Rams website should be considered if you want a more involved representative pathway experience.