Skill Acquisition Program (SAP) at FC Bulleen Lions

FC Bulleen Lions is licensed to run the FFA/FFV Foundation Skill Acquisition Program (SAP)

What 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 winter program is conducted over 3, 6 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 each groups SAP co-ordinator). Training will take place twice a week and takes priority over club training. The ideal week would be as follows: Monday – SAP training, Wednesday – Club Training, Friday – SAP Training and Sunday – Club Game. In total players will participate in exactly 36 sessions and 3 Gala Days.

The Aim

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 Focus

Functional game skills.

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.

Further information can be found at the FFV website:


SAP 2016 will commence on Saturday 2nd April for trials. For more information about this, please contact us on 9850 4121 or via email :

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