Girls Skill Acquisition Program
The Football West Girls Skill Acquisition Program provides selected players with weekly opportunities to attend training sessions conducted by accredited coaches.
The objective of the Girls SAP is to identify and assemble potentially talented 9-12 year old girls, in order to teach them perfect functional game skills, and to provide them with the necessary technical tools to be able to play the game at the highest possible level in years to come.
The program forms part of the Football West Female Talented Player Pathway and complements the player’s in-season club commitments.
The desired outcome for the Girls SAP is that a high percentage of players will seamlessly progress into the Girls NTC or Girls TSP, and WA State squads.
Training sessions in the SAP phase focus upon developing the four core skills of:
Striking the Ball – This includes all forms of striking the ball such as short/long passing, shooting and crossing.
First Touch – Controlling the ball with all allowed body parts.
1v1 – All moves, feints and accelerations to get past and away from an opponent.
Running with the Ball – At speed (with a lot of space) or ‘dribbling’ (in tight areas), this includes techniques for protecting the ball and changing direction
Sessions are held each Saturday morning at Gibbney Reserve in Maylands throughout the school terms.
The objectives of the program are to:
Provide young female players with an opportunity to participate in an enhanced training environment
Supplement the training that players receive at their clubs
Increase the number of female players for potential selection with the Girls NTC, State and National teams
Provide development pathways to female players
Increase the exposure of football for females
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