Girls SAP and Development Squads
What is the Girls Skill Acquisition Program (GSAP)?
Manly United FC’s GSAP football development program offers the FFA’s Skill Acquisition Phase Training (based on the National Curriculum) for talented girls entering the FNSW/FFA representative player pathway. The focus is on core skill development and lays the foundation for players moving into the next football development phase (game training) and the National Premier Youth Leagues.
What does the Girls Skill Acquisition Program involve?
Manly United FC’s GSAP is a 40 week program for girls only, and runs from November to September. The players train three nights a week and represent Manly United FC in the Football NSW GSAP League. Matches are played from February to August.
What is the Girls Development Squad Program (GDEV)?
Manly United FC’s GDEV Program is for girls only and delivers the FFA’s Skill Acquisition Phase Training (based on the National Curriculum), which is designed to equip the players with the functional game (technical) skills required for this age and phase of development. Our GDEV program underpins the MUFC GSAP squads. Players who are unsuccessful in being selected in GSAP are offered a position in the GDEV program. GDEV squads train alongside GSAP and within the same parameters and plan as GSAP.
The GDEV program runs for 40 weeks from November to September. The players train two nights a week with Manly United FC. Additionally players train once a week and play games with their local grassroots club in the MWFA competition. Players are not registered with Manly United.
Eligibility Criteria for GSAP and GDEV?
GSAP players must reside within the boundaries of the Metropolitan North State Titles. Proof of residency is required upon selection which is a rule of FNSW. GDEV players must be registered with an MWFA club.
Can my daughter play in mixed (boys) SAP?
Girls can play in the mixed (boys) SAP program. All trialists are considered on their merits consistent with the trial procedure.
Can my daughter register for GSAP and their local MWFA team during season 2020?
Players are not permitted to register for more than one club in the current season. This is a FNSW/FFA regulation.
How many players are in each GSAP/GDEV age group?
GSAP U9/U10 (9v9) -14
GSAP U11 (9v9) – 14
GSAP U12 (9v9) – 14
GSAP U13 (10 v 10) – 15
GDEV U9/U10 -14
GDEV U11 – 14
GDEV U12 – 14
GDEV U13 – 14
How do the trials work?
ALL players attend ALL GSAP/GDEV trials unless otherwise stipulated by the Technical Director in writing. Following the first trial (Day 1), players who have been identified to continue in the trial process will be invited to attend Day 2. Following the Day 2 trials, players who have been identified to continue in the trial process will be invited to attend Day 3 and so on until the GSAP/GDEV squads have been finalized.
Please be aware that the trial process has been in place during the season and player reports along with regular updates, including attendance, commitment, attitude, work ethic and of course technical skill are all taken into account when deciding on final squad positions.
Manly United FC DO NOT retain players in the GSAP at the end of the season. ALL players are invited to re-trial every year.
When do GSAP/GDEV train?
All GSAP and GDEV squads have a pre-Christmas six week training block (two sessions per week – days TBC) directly following the trials.
All GSAP and GDEV squads return to post-Christmas (in season) training in the first week of February. GSAP – 3 x times per week. GDEV 2 x times per week.
GSAP train Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 4pm – 5.15pm.
GDEV train Tuesday and Friday from 4pm – 5.15pm.
When do GSAP play games?
Which day? – mostly Sunday but some opposition clubs play on Saturday.
Home Games are played at Cromer Park 1 & 2 (synthetic).
Home Game KO times?
U9/10 – 8.30am
U11 – 8.30am
U12 – 9.30am
U13 – 10.30am
Away Game KO times? – Determined by opposition club
Who coaches in the GSAP/GDEV program?
All coaches in the GSAP hold a C Youth Licence which is the minimum level of qualification required by FNSW. All GDEV coaches either hold or are working toward their C Licence. Additionally, all coaching staff at MUFC hold their Working with Children Check. GK training is offered where appropriate.
GSAP is overseen by the MUFC Technical Director of Women, Sharon Egger alongside Tom Hopley, the GSAP administrator, who both coach in the program.
What are the fees for GSAP/GDEV?
GSAP fees are set by FNSW and will be communicated at the first trial.
GDEV fees are set by MUFC and will be communicated at the first trial.
Can players trial for an age group above or below their age?
All players need to register to trial in their correct age (at 31 December of current year).
If players wish to be considered for RAE status (play an age group down), they need to make contact prior to the trials by emailing the Technical Director at email@example.com so the appropriate application can be submitted to FNSW for consideration.
If players wish to be considered to play in the age group above, they need to make this known to the Technical Director at the FIRST trial and the coaching staff will assess the player in their correct age group first and be advised by the coaching staff.
Can I trial to play as a GK?
Players can trial for a GK position and if selected, specific GK training is provided.
What happens if I am not selected in GSAP?
After the GSAP positions in each squad are finalised, the remaining players are then considered for a position in the GDEV program. If you intend trialling but DO NOT wish to be in the GDEV program, you must make this known at the first trial to enable us to plan and eliminate your daughter from GDEV consideration. There is no expectation that players will take up a position in GDEV but it is the best pathway to being selected in GSAP the following year.
What is the player pathway for female players in the MWFA?
Manly United FC GSAP is the beginning of the Talented Girls Player Pathway for female players in the MWFA. Our GSAP is the feeder program for the Manly United FC National Premier League Girls Youth League teams, which then lead to the National Premier League Senior Women’s teams of which many players have progressed into W-League, Junior Matildas, Young Matildas and Matildas.
Our GSAP is underpinned by our GDEV program, of which many players have progressed from to GSAP and Girls Youth League at Manly United.
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