Pascoe Vale Soccer Club awarded SAP accreditation

Pascoe Vale Soccer Club awarded SAP accreditation

Pascoe Vale Soccer Club is proud to announce its accreditation to deliver the SAP Foundation program for 2014. This will provide an opportunity for young boys and girls born in 2003 and 2004 to gain a place in a program that aims to fast track player development.

All players from the north/west zone are invited to register here - players MUST register in order to take part in the trials.

Program details


Hosken Reserve, Sheppard St (off Shorts Rd), North Coburg


Phase 1 - Saturday 17th May (Time TBC when registrations close)

Phase 2 - Monday 19 May

Phase 3 - Saturday 24 May

The program will commence Monday 26 May


Monday 6.30 pm - 7.45 pmSoccer players

Saturday 10 am - 11.15 am

*Training kit provided


20 weeks


$400 ($10 per session)

Gala Day

Saturday 31st May, Ballarat

Program background

Our main aim is to establish a program of Football Training and education that will help young players improve technically, tactically, physically, mentally, and socially while preparing them for professional and international football.

Football skills are vital to a player’s development at all levels, but essentially at the elite level where success is determined by the ability to perform a range of core skills effectively under match conditions.

Of course not all players will attain these heights, but all will benefit from being part of the SAP program in a number of ways. They will be exposed to a total Football education process and experience, which will benefit each individual Footballer and help prepare them for whatever their Football future may bring.

Players will be given the opportunity to improve both technically and tactically while learning the value of a disciplined approach, punctuality and the need to practice effectively and regularly if they aspire to be a professional player in the A-League or W-League.

We will help players to develop socially, to be polite, to interact with others and achieve a high level of self esteem. Players will also learn to appreciate the value of setting high standards and the value of hard work, whilst learning about the benefits of living a healthy Football lifestyle.

Players will ascertain the importance of teamwork, team spirit and sportsmanship, as well as providing an enjoyable and fun environment for them to thrive in.


For many years there has been the recognition at the elite level of Australian football that our players fall behind the world’s best football nations in terms of technical development. (Source: FFA National Curriculum, FIFA Technical Reports Fewer than 17s, Under 20s, and FIFA World Cups).

Players representing Australia are seen as highly competitive but lack the technical and tactical skills necessary to compete consistently on a world stage. The traditional Australian coaching model at youth level could be generalised as being a ‘win at all cost’ mentality that promotes a very direct ‘long ball’ style based on the physical prowess of players. The most highly developed football nations recognise that coaching skilful players to play an ‘effective possession’ based style of football will bring a superior outcome.

There is also a strong recognition that many coaches at key age groups see very little difference in coaching young players to adults. Their focus is results driven rather than creating a learning environment and it is clear that this impacts on player and parent behaviour in a negative way.

Building blocks

For this reason the National Curriculum has created the Building Blocks methodology which is the framework that provides the practical guidelines for coaches working at all levels of youth development.

Skill acquisition phase

The phase for the ‘golden age’ of motor learning (9 years to 13 years) is known as the Skill Acquisition Phase and it is from this methodology that our program derives its name and its focus.

Capital Football see the Skill Acquisition Program (SAP) having a twofold purpose:

  1. To deliver the best possible Football education for the players.
  2. To educate the wider football community in the methodology of coaching in the skill acquisition phase of youth development.

The SAP coaches will have a responsibility to work in the wider football community. They will be coaching assets in their area and will assist in coaching coaches and promoting the program.

The program will aid in the development of elite coaches in the Skill Acquisition Phase of youth development. The flow on effect will be the increase of opportunities for players, both boys and girls, to be better prepared technically and tactically to develop through the Talented Player Pathway. We view these football coaches as football educators and are confident that in further assisting their professional development in their field of expertise, we will make significant improvements to the standard of football.


Capital Football SAP provides a pathway for identified talented football players in which players aged U9-U13 years are selected into one regional training centre. The structure of the SAP involves the best players in each age group training up to 3 sessions per week for 40 weeks of the year in addition to playing in SAP elite matches and coached games against other State Associations, regions and club teams. 

Development vs results

Many coaches have embraced the National Curriculum and the 1:4:3:3 formations to be frustrated by others that favour a long ball direct style of football which can bring short term results but which smothers long term development. If we are looking to create a football culture consistent with the world’s best football nations then our youth development needs to focus on development instead of results.

Capital Football believes that these initiatives will fundamentally shift youth development away from a results driven model to a development driven model. It will have a substantial impact on the future focus of youth football and produce a larger talent pool for clubs and the National Player Development Pathway.

Selection of players for the SAP Program

The Head Coach of each squad and the assistant coach is responsible for the selection of players nominated by clubs, scouting or ACTAS coaching staff and in conjunction with the Technical Director.

Selection criteria

The process they will take into account:

  • Performances at club level
  • The player’s performance and discipline at SAP training and matches
  • Application of the  4 x  key skills
  • The player’s tactical understanding (age specific)
  • The player’s mental strength (commitment to improve)
  • Compatibility on and off the field with players and all allied staff.
  • Injury issues relating to overuse, overplaying, or general football injuries (with Appropriate medical advice)
  • Amount of other activities the player is participating in besides football.

The player’s potential for future selection for:

  • U13 Boys & Girls National Championships.
  • U14 Boys National Championships.
  • U15 Girls National Championships.
  • ACTAS Male and Female Programs.

Selection conditions

  • Players recommended in this program must be registered Capital Football players (through my Football club)
  • Players selected will abide by the Capital Football’s Code of Conduct.
  • Parents to abide by Capital Football Code of Conduct
  • Players / Parents understand that this is a special program that may not suit all only the committed.
  • Players must avoid overplaying that might result in overuse injuries.