Friday, September 21, 2018
Sutherland Shire Football Association

SSFA (Women’s & Girls) WPL, GSAP and Academy Trial Registration for 2019 Season

Sutherland Shire Football Association (SSFA) advises that trials for the 2019 FNSW Women’s Premier League (WPL) teams, the FNSW Girls SAP (GSAP) and the SSFA Girls Junior Academy Squads will be conducted at Harrie Dening Centre, Bates Drive, Kareela.

• FNSW will be operating competitions for Women’s Premier League Football in the following age groups: U14, U15, U17, Reserve and First grade across three Leagues (WPL1, WPL2 and Conference).
• FNSW will also be operating the FNSW Girls Skills Acquisition Program (GSAP) for U13, U12, U11 and U10 age groups. The GSAP teams will also represent the SSFA playing games on a weekly basis (with players playing only for the SSFA GSAP teams)
• The SSFA will also augment the WPL and GSAP programs with the SSFA Girls Academy – a skill based training program that follows the FFA National Curriculum and is part of the FFA/ FNSW pathway for talented players.

Trials have been set down for the following weeks by FNSW:
WPL1 trials will commence on Sunday 21 October and will need to be completed by Friday 2 November.
WPL2 trials will commence on Sunday 4 November and will need to be completed by Friday 16 November.
GSAP and Academy trials will be run during this same period.

Details of exact dates and times of trials by age group will be updated on the website as soon as the Leagues are announced by FNSW (scheduled for late September at the earliest).
Players interested in trialling are required to complete (and submit) the below to Register their attendance at the trials. On line registration is COMPULSORY to participate in the trials.
Note that Players trialling/selected for the Academy program and the GSAP will be required to meet residential and/or player eligibility requirements as stipulated by FNSW and the SSFA (as noted below).

The SSFA will be conducting programs in the following Age Groups:
• U9 Girls Academy
• U10 Girls GSAP & Academy
• U11 Girls GSAP & Academy
• U12 Girls GSAP & Academy
• U13 Girls GSAP & Academy
• U14 Girls WPL & Academy
• U15 Girls WPL & Academy
• U17 Girls WPL
• First and Reserve Grade WPL (Opens)

Eligibility Criteria for the SSFA GSAP are as follows:
• Players must reside within the Sutherland Shire to participate.
• Players must be turning the age of the SSFA GSAP team in which they are participating (as determined by the age the player turns in 2019).
• Players selected in the GSAP will not be permitted to register or play with a local club.

Eligibility Criteria for the SSFA Academy are as follows:
• Players must return to and maintain registration at their 2018 club in 2019 if that Club has an A or B Grade team in that Players Age Group or if they played in an older age group and have an A or B Grade team in that Older Age Group.
• The player must be registered with an SSFA club whilst participating in the SSFA Academy.
• The player must meet current eligibility rules for Registration (in accordance with SSFA Rule 4.D) at the time of trialling.
• Age restrictions do apply for Academy participation. That is, players must be turning the age of the SSFA Academy in which they are participating (as determined by the age the player turns in 2019) – the age group they play in on the weekend is not relevant.

Failure to meet these guidelines will result in a loss of GSAP or Academy place.
Coaching Appointments
Details of Coaches appointed to the Womens Premier League (WPL) teams are listed below:
• 1st Grade WPL: Dragan Blazevic.
• Reserve Grade: Geoff Holden.
• Under 17 WPL: Mark Greenfield & Jordan Baker
• Under 15 WPL: Britt Christie.
• Under 14 WPL: Geoff Gidney & Georgia Manos

GSAP coach appointments will be advised subsequent to the SSFA coach application process being finalised.

Trial Dates & Times
Specific times and dates for each age group will be advised on the SSFA website ( as soon as Leagues are announced by FNSW (expected late September).
Players must attend all ‘open trials’ in order to maximize exposure to the selectors.

Bring Shin Pads, Water and Sunscreen.

No Representative (Sharks, St George, Met Far South, etc), Academy, FNSW/ SAP gear to be worn.

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