A key aspect of the new Football Federation Australia National Curriculum is the implementation of the Skills Acquisition Program to perfect and accelerate the skill development of identified players at the critical ages of 9-12. The Skills Acquisition Program forms the foundation of the FFA National Talent Pathway, and plays an important role in developing individual players to play at a higher level. The SAP Academy is designed to enhance the skill development of the most talented 9, 10, 11 and 112 year old players. This is achieved by forming a “best of the best” training group and giving them the opportunity to develop the key components within the Skill Acquisition Program by the best coaches and working under the best environment. By taking the four core skills identified by the FFA and overloading them through training, players can fine tune these cognitive techniques and develop them to autonomous stage of learning where execution becomes effortless and natural, in opposed situations.

The FFA’s Four Core Skills are:

  1. Striking the ball – This includes all forms of striking the ball such as short / long passing; shooting & crossing
  2. First touch – Controlling the ball with all allowed body parts.
  3. 1 v 1 – All moves, feints and accelerations to get past and away from an opponent.
  4. 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.

The focus on SAP is on functional game skills with an immediate skills transfer into positioning and small sided games being an absolute requirement. It is based on World’s Best Practice and has been developed by Internationally acclaimed Technical Coaches and the FFA Technical Department.


Olympic Football Club’s elite player development foundations have been recognised and endorsed with a Gold Rating for its 2020 Skills Acquisition Phase (SAP) program by Football Queensland.

The Gold Rating is the highest level of attainment for SAP programs for club’s in South East Queensland following a detailed review by Football Queensland.

Football Queensland introduced the SAP Rating Regulations for SAP licensed clubs to assist its clubs to achieve best practice skill development for players, protect SAP Licensee clubs’ investment and create a quality assurance process and compliance in line with the SAP Licence Agreement.

The Gold Rating recognises Olympic’s investment in high quality coaches and mentors, infrastructure, training programs, scholarships and player development pathways.

Olympics SAP program provides fundamental skills development for players aged 9 to 12 years and is the foundation for elevating young footballers into the club’s National Premier Leagues (NPL) junior teams.