SAP & Development Squads
Skill Acquisition Program
The Skill Acquisition Program (SAP) is a full time elite program for boys aged U9 to U12s and girls aged U9s – U13s. Both programs have 4 age groups that compete in the NSW Skill Acquisition Competition.
U9s – 16 players/squad
U10s, U11s & U12s – 20 players/squad
U10s, U11s, U12s & U13s – 14 players/squad
The Boy’s SAP program has 2 licences, MUFC and MWFA for a total of 154 players. The Girl’s SAP program has one licence, MUFC, for a total of 56 players. The Boy’s U9 SAP squads are a mix of ability while the U10s – U12s are split based on ability at the start of the season.
The program is full time and runs for 40 weeks, 3 times a week for a total of 120 sessions. In addition to this the players will play between 20 and 30 matches including gala days. There may be additional matches or tournaments the teams are entered into for the 2019 season. Information on these will be released in due course.
As this is a high performance program, there is an expectation that players will attend all matches and training sessions unless sick. We understand that academic commitments are important and exceptions will be made for training when there is a clash with school. Part of the involvement in the club is some volunteer work from parents which includes the occasional BBQ/canteen duty and field set up on match day.
The cost for the program is $1500 for the season. This includes all training sessions, matches, training and playing kit.
Trial information for the SAP Programs 2019 can be found HERE.
Please note that there might not be all spots available in all teams due to player retention based on the year’s performance.
Manly United FC’s Development Squad program is a 2-fold. Both branches of the program run for 60 sessions, 2 sessions a week for 30 weeks. The cost of the program is $1100. This includes all training sessions, 2 lots of training apparel and a tracksuit.
U6/7 & U8 program
Running from February to September the U6/7 focuses on developing younger players ability with the ball at their feet. The sessions strive to encourage comfort on the ball in a fun football environment to ensure players are developing their love for the game as well as developing their football ability at the same time.
The U8s takes this to the next level with more ball manipulation and an introduction to the four core skills. The U8s program is designed to prepare players for the Skill Acquisition Phase and giving them a technical base that will allow them to continue to develop in realistic football situations.
Players must be register for an MWFA Club prior to the commencement of the first trial to be eligible and then must remain registered with that club for the 2018 season in order to accept their place in the Development Squad should they be selected.
Trials take place in late January/early February and information will be posted here in due course for details of the trials.
U9 – U12 boys & U10 – U13 girls
These programs are designed to underpin the Skill Acquisition Program and the coaches from both programs work closely to ensure there is consistent content delivered.
Trials for the Development Squads run in conjunction with the SAP trials details of which can be found HERE.
The cost of the Development Squad program is $1100.
If selected in the Development Squads players must register with the club they were registered with in 2018.
Please note: One of the conditions for selection in a Development Squad is any player selected must register for the same MWFA Club in 2018 as they were registered in 2018. If a player is not willing to meet this requirement, that player should not try out for the Development Squad. Any player, who is selected in a Development Squad and in the 2018 season is found to have registered for a different Club to their 2018 Club, will be removed from the Development Squad and replaced by a player who meets this requirement.