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The FFA Curriculum and The Gap FC Training Plan

The Gap FC Training Plan

The FFA curriculum is the coaching standard for the club and is followed by all age groups. The Technical Director also provides a periodisation training plan for the U6 - U9 age groups which prescribes the schedule for implementing the curriculum. The required resources can be found here:

The sessions for the respective phases in the curriculum can be found as follows:

  • U6 - U9 The Discovery Phase – pages 85-126
  • U10 - U13 The Skill Acquisition Phase (SAP) – pages 127-188
  • U14 - U17 The Game Training Phase – pages 189-266

Training sessions from the curriculum can also be found here.

What is the FFA Curriculum?

The FFA curriculum is a comprehensive program developed by the FFA to develop players from U6 to the open age group to develop a style of football that is described as follows:

A proactive brand of football, based on effective possession with the cutting edge provided by creative individuals. Defensively the key components are quick transition and intelligent collective pressing. The Playing Style is underpinned by a strong ‘team mentality’, capitalising on Australia’s traditional strengths.

The phases in the curriculum are as follows:

  • U6 - U9 The Discovery Phase
  • U10 - U13 The Skill Acquisition Phase (SAP)
  • U14 - U17 The Game Training Phase
  • U17 and above Performance Phase

Please see the FFA Coaching Resource website for a very interesting and comprehensive article by the FFA on why coach education and the curriculum  is so important for the development of Australian football.