Term 4 Talented Player Program
FTS Technical Program 2016
Our program has evolved considerably since its origins in 2005. We are now into our 11th year of youth specific technical training and the rewards are now showing, with many of our older players now stepping into professional clubs both here in Australia and abroad.
You can have a scroll down through our Facebook page to see some of these older players.
In recent years we have added FTS Development Squads and have just relaunched our FTS Futsal Club, both now instrumental to ensuring our players receive best practice youth player development.
The link between technical ability and intelligence is vital for player development and is pivotal within our curriculum.
For information on our programs, again visit our up to date Facebook page.
FTS Futsal 2015 and onwards
FTS Roll Steps (Players aged 9-12 years)
This video highlights a series of little combinations to develop a close relationship with the ball and further refine the synchronicity between the left and the right to assist when in 'tight areas under pressure'.
FTS NIKE Uniform
Please see below an image of the current FTS Nike Uniform.
Return from Study Trip to Europe
KEY IS TECHNICAL ABILITY
"...a must for every player"
The photo above is taken at Stade Rennais F.C. (or Rennes) which is widely recognised as the best youth academy in France.
In a whirlwind trip to 11 clubs and academies throughout England, Denmark, France and Holland, the message was clear and simple, a players technical ability is the KEY.
The purpose of the trip was to benchmark the current FTS program, learn from high level developmental coaches and gain insights into the future of youth development in Europe.
It was an amazing experience, the staff at each Academy were extremely welcoming and very forthcoming with insights and guidance. It was just great to be able to sit down and discuss key elements of their training programs.
The coaches themselves were experienced and talented, each very competent in demonstrating the relevant techniques and movements to the players. Not all the coaches played at the highest level, however the ability to demonstrate was instrumental.
The respect shown to the coaches from the players was impressive, each player was very courteous, listened intently and focused on the training session task.
From a general context, it was clear that each Academy had its own unique methodology in developing youth players. However, despite the differences, every Academy shared the same philosophy in closely focusing on developing each individual players technical ability.
It was also evident that the identification of players was consistent - each player had to have advanced technical ability.
The plan in the short-term now is to correlate the new information and subsequently introduce key changes to the FTS program over the next 12 months.
FFA SIGNALS NEW APPROACH - skill and technique is the key
In the past few years, across all areas of football here in Australia, FFA have been gradually implementing change. The New FFA National Curriculum was the instrument used to finally place youth development into the spotlight. Below is a small section from the document which summarises the 'Win At All Costs' mentality that still exists here in Australia.