Football Program in South Australia

ACS in partnership with Football Federation SA is pleased to announce a high performance program that prepares South Australian Football athletes for professional sport.

The FFSA Football Program, to be located at the Elite Systems Football Centre will see athletes enter as school leavers and exit with the experience of professional athletes and dual nationally accredited Diplomas in Sport Development and Leadership & Management.

The Program will be headed up by former A League Head Coach, Phil Stubbins who has a wealth of experience in managing elite athletes.

“I am excited to get underway in this new role that will offer young athletes a unique opportunity to further develop their skills in a full time environment. One of the many strengths of this program is that an education outcome will be achieved by students" Director of Coaching Phil Stubbins said.

ACS CEO, Stuart Roberts is excited to roll the program out in South Australia in partnership with Football Federation SA.

“This partnership is lead by a collective passion from both organisations to offer the very best in athlete development through nationally accredited qualifications"

"It is exciting news for aspiring football professionals in this State, and will resonate positively with many stakeholder groups including parents of athletes, Clubs, industry participants and higher education institutions.”

The FFSA Football Program will deliver technical, physical, mental and tactical training along with sport science, personal development, sport management and practical business theory that will provide students with the ultimate experience in professional athlete training for football on the world stage.

Football Federation SA Chief Executive Officer Michael Carter stated that the launch of the FFSA Football Program will have a significant impact on the continued development of players in South Australia.

“This program presents an opportunity for young school leavers who aspire to become a professional athlete."

“To train in a full time environment and gain formal Diploma qualifications in Sport Management is a unique opportunity for young athletes."

“I am delighted to have appointed Phil to the Director of Coaching role and we will build a strong team of quality coaches around him that will support the development of players in the program.”

Student intake for the inaugural FFSA Football Program will commence in February 2016

For further information on the FFSA Football Program or to register your interest in upcoming information sessions, please click here to complete an athlete enquiry.