AFA aim to be a leading Football Academy in Australia by utilising sports science and progressive training methods.
To create young footballers into being the best they can be on an off the pitch.
We believe the biggest obstacle in football is the ball. This being the case AFA train often and purposefully with the ball being the focal point.
I believe that every player must have control of the ball, and do it well. So that there first touch can create an advantage for them in the game or set themselves up for a decision.
A player on has the ball for 2-3 minutes per game at an absolute maximum. So my belief is that the player should know their next pass and decision before they receive the ball, they must be one step ahead. During the moment that the player does not have the ball they need to think of factors such as how they will receive the ball, where and when. And what movements they must make to make this happen. Then how they can create an advantage for their team mate through their distribution.
Ball possession opponent
I believe that when we don’t have the ball, we must win it back, and win it back quickly. If we can position ourselves and react in a manor in which we aim to win the ball back as soon as we have lost it, then we will dominate the ball. But we need to be effective in how, where and when we do this.
Footballs main moments are transitions, because the ball is a game with two teams in which are both fighting for the one ball. You have to know what to do with the ball, and also without the ball. You can have an advantage in both, but you must know what to do and what your plan is when in the moment of BP<BPO and BPO<BP.
AFA adopts a culture in which we aim to build personalities and characters as well as footballers. We do this by implementing three methods, Cage football, Black boots and a white band around the non preferred foot. All these three methods develop different mentalities for players. Cage football is a small sided game with around 10v10. The small spaces forces quick decisions, physical competition and faced pace games just like street football. Wearing black boots creates a mentality that no player is bigger than another, egos tend to get in the way so by having a dress code for everyone to follow keeps the players humble. Wearing a band around the non dominant foot during training creates a challenge and accountable atmosphere as we aim to support players to become two footed.
Your Chance To Play With The AFA In 2020!
WHY NERANG AND THE AFA?
- Affordable // the best value for money professional youth academy in the region
- Partnerships // established pathways with professional clubs here and abroad
- Proven // real results on the field, and a track record of qualified success
- Unique // real world coaching that is fluid, evolving, dynamic and to the highest possible standard with systems not found elsewhere
- Foundations // built on the foundations of Nerang’s 45-year history of club pride, football excellence and camaraderie
- Family // genuine and supportive family environment on and off the field building character, confidence and competence
- Dedicated // 48 weeks in every year, every session counts
The Academy of Football of Australia is the home of Football on the Gold Coast. You will find us at Recreation Drive, Nerang.
Jan-Sept - Monday - Thursday 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Oct-Dec Post Season contact us to find out details.
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