Skill Acquisition Program


About the League

The Skill Acquisition Program provides a clear, professionally delivered development opportunity for young footballers in NSW which underpins the National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s and Women’s competitions.

Registration & Eligibility

2024 SAP licensees will only be permitted to register Players from the Football NSW State Titles Boundaries within which the licensee’s home ground is located (See table below).

Football NSW may provide exemptions for Players to participate out of area should they believe there is genuine merit in the application. The exemptions will remain valid for the duration of the Player’s participation in SAP unless their circumstances supporting the exemption change or they seek to change Clubs.

Breaches of the eligibility criteria will result in a fine to the licensee and possible expulsion from the competition.

The State Title Boundaries and Clubs within them are:

Metro NorthGladesville Ryde MagicNorth West Sydney Football
Manly United FCManly-Warringah FA
Manly Warringah FAManly-Warringah FA
NWS Spirit FCNorth West Sydney Football
Metro SouthBankstown City FCBankstown District AFA
Bankstown United FCBankstown District AFA
Bonnyrigg White Eagles FCSouthern Districts SFA
Canterbury Bankstown FCBankstown District AFA
Macarthur FAMacarthur FA
Macarthur Rams FCMacarthur FA
Marconi Stallions FCSouthern Districts SFA
Mounties Wanderers FCSouthern Districts SFA
Southern Districts SFASouthern Districts SFA
Sydney United 58 FCSouthern Districts SFA
Metro WestBlacktown & Districts SFABlacktown Districts SFA
Blacktown City FCBlacktown Districts SFA
Blacktown Spartans FCBlacktown Districts SFA
Granville RageGranville Districts SFA
Hawkesbury City FCNepean District SFA
Hills United FCHills Football
Mt Druitt Town Rangers FCBlacktown Districts SFA
Nepean FANepean District SFA
Parramatta FCGranville Districts SFA
Rydalmere Lions FCGranville Districts SFA
Metro EastAPIA Leichhardt FCCanterbury Districts SFA
Eastern Suburbs FAEastern Surburbs FA
Fraser Park FCCanterbury Districts SFA
Hakoah Sydney City East FCEastern Surburbs FA
Rockdale Ilinden FCFootball St George
St George City FAFootball St George
St George FCFootball St George
Sydney Olympic FCCanterbury Districts SFA
Sydney University SFCCanterbury Districts SFA
Metro Far NorthCentral Coast Mariners FCCentral Coast Football
Northern Tigers FCNorthern Suburbs FA
Metro Far SouthFootball South CoastFootball South Coast
Sutherland Sharks FCSutherland Shire Football Association
Sutherland Shire Football AssociationSutherland Shire Football Association
Wollongong Wolves FCFootball South Coast
Country RiverinaNILGriffith & District AFA, South West Slopes FA, Football Albury Wodonga, Wagga Wagga & District FA
Country SouthernSouthern Branch Inc.Eurobodalla FA, Far South Coast FA, Shoalhaven District FA, Southern Tablelands FA
Country WesternWestern NSW FCDubbo & District FA, Lachlan AFA, Orange & District FA, Western Plains FA, Lithgow FA, Bathurst FA

Players Per Team

Permissible players per team are identified in the following table:

Age GroupField PlayersSubstitutesLicensee Squad Totals
U97320 (16 boys + 4 girls)
U109324 (20 boys + 4 girls)
U119324 (20 boys + 4 girls)
U129324 (20 boys + 4 girls)

Match Format

Matches will be scheduled over four (4) time slots, as follows:

Match SlotHalf Field AHalf Field B
1U9 match 1U10 match 1
2U9 match 2U10 match 2
3U11 match 1U12 match 1
4U11 match 2U12 match 2

League Table and Points

Consistent with the MiniRoos guidelines, League tables will not be kept during the game phase of the 2024 SAP. Similarly, points will not be attributed to the result of any Match in the SAP game phase.

Joining a Skill Acquisition Program

Participating Clubs select their players for their teams. This is usually through player trials. For more information please contact the Clubs within your region directly. Contacts for each club can be found at the following link:

Skill Acquisition Program (SAP) Club Directory