SAP Frequently Asked Questions

What is SAP?

A key aspect of the FFA National Curriculum is the implementation of the Skill Acquisition Program (SAP) to perfect and accelerate the skill development of identified players at the critical ages of 9 to 13. Murray United FC is an FFV approved licensee to deliver the SAP program to ensure that players are equipped to transition into the NPL pathway.

How do I join SAP?

Players born in 2006, 2007 & 2008 are eligible to trial for selection into the 2017 SAP program. Players born later than 2008 are welcome to register to trial however will be trialed with 2008 born players. Eligible players are selected to participate in the SAP program based on selection trials.

How do I register to Trial?

Eligible players can register for selection trials by completing the Trial Registration Form. Pre-registration is recommended to ensure information regarding selection trials can be communicated to you by the club. There is no cost to trial.

How many players are selected per squad?

For the 2017 SAP program, Murray United FC will select 12 players per squad listed below:

2006 Boys, 2007 Boys, 2008 Boys, Girls only

The above age groups are subject to change with respect to player numbers following selection trials. Where an age group has insufficient player numbers, players will be considered for selection in another age group if deemed suitable by the SAP Coordinator and Technical Director.

Is the program open to goalkeepers?

Yes, the program does cater for goalkeepers. The modern goalkeeper needs to be competent in each of the four core skills. There is no specific goalkeeper training offered as part of the SAP program.

Is the program open to girls?

Yes, the program does cater for girls. Where there are not girls only squads, girls are eligible to trial with the boys. In some cases girls may be offered the opportunity of a position in the boys group, subject to approval from the SAP Coordinator and Technical Director.

When and where is training?

The 2017 SAP program will be conducted from March to September. Training for the SAP program will be held at Latrobe University Soccer Complex, Wodonga. Training will be conducted on Mondays & Wednesdays.


The program cost is $400 (inc GST) inclusive of coaches’ fees, equipment and facility hire.

Club apparel can be purchased from the club at an additional cost. The minimum each player will need: 1 x Training Shirts, 1 x Training Shorts, 1 x Training Socks. Previous SAP players are able to use the same club apparel from the previous year’s program in 2017.

Costs associated with attending training and SAP Gala Days are not included. Full payment or Direct debit payment options will be required upon acceptance of a position in the program.


Adam Carty is the SAP Coordinator for Murray United FC and is responsible for delivering the SAP program in accordance with the FFA National Curriculum. All SAP Trainers working within the program are FFA accredited and trained to deliver the SAP methodology provided by FFA/FFV.


Yes, players will still train and play with their local club each week however it is an expectation that players attend two SAP training sessions weekly to benefit from the development of participating in the SAP program. If there is a clash with your club training, it is expected that SAP is prioritised. Where possible, training for the SAP program is scheduled on non-traditional training nights to avoid potential clashes with club training.


The SAP program is about the development of the four core skills. At the end of each training cycle (typically 6-8 weeks) a Gala Day is generally conducted by FFV to allow players the opportunity to apply their developing core skills in a non-competitive game environment with other SAP licensed clubs.


Murray United FC also conducts the Bright Red Academy providing a great chance for players from any club to attend an extra night of focused training during the season to improve their game and skill level. The Bright Red Academy runs for 10 weeks during school terms throughout the year. For further information visit BRIGHT RED Academy.