U9 - U12 SAP

Virginia United started its Junior Academy back 2015. This Academy program eventually evolved into our successful FQ licenced Skills Acquisition Program in 2020. At the end of 2021, after the Football Queensland annual assessment, the program has been elevated from Bronze to Silver tier. The club is fully committed to the ongoing development and evolution of Skills Acquisition Program and aim to reach the Gold tier in 2024.

The program is highly regarded and respected within the football community. Recently producing and assisting the movement of numerous graduates to external NPL Academy programs. As well as producing high quality players for our own FQPL Youth program.

Now proudly producing two players that received direct entry to the Brisbane Roar Youth Academy.

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How To Develop?

How do you raise the national standard of players graduating to play for the Socceroo’s or the Brisbane Roar?

The key is to start young and ensure the base of the skill pyramid is learned well. It’s very hard to adjust or fix techniques learned poorly in junior football, therefore it is imperative that skills are learned and developed in the right environment.

U8 - U12 is part of the so called ‘golden age of motor learning’. In this period before entering the growing spurt that goes hand in hand with puberty, children are well balanced and coordinated. This makes them very adaptive to developing motor skills (techniques) especially since this also is the brain’s key development period. 

In no other development phase in life will motor learning happen faster than here. As a logical consequence of the above it makes sense that we make optimal use of this period to lay a sustainable technical foundation. Therefore it’s extremely important that we have qualified professional coaches working with players showing promise at those age categories.

The Academy Program has been put in place at Virginia United FC to help guide player development.

Who is SAP for?

SAP is available in the U9, U10, U11 & U12 age categories for each season. The FQPL Youth program is available in the U13 and U16 age category.  VUFC SAP teams compete in the Football Queensland SAP competition. They are constructed to; provide promising junior players access to well qualified coaching, a challenging training environment with other promising junior players and strong opposition each week.

Playing in the SAP program at Virginia provides an environment to develop FFA target cores skills set out in the National Curriculum.

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Players interested in joining SAP should contact SAP Director Will Petcos (will.petcos@virginiaunitedfc.com.au)

Players should trial for the program if:

  • They consistently show above average football abilities on a consistent basis in games and training.
  • Are able to commit to three training sessions per week
  • Are willing to listen and learn in the training environment.
  • Have an interest in developing and being placed in a challenging environment.
  • Have competed at komodo/cross river or SAP
  • Please note that this program is not beneficial for all players. Please consider the above points before registering your child for a trial.


The SAP squad at U9 has a maximum of 10 players while U10, U11 and U12 squads have a maximum of 13 players.


All trials have now concluded for this program.
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