Association Development Program

Macarthur Football Association are pleased to announce that we are currently taking registrations (see link at the bottom of page) for children to take part in our 2021 Association Development Program (ADP). Please note we child must be registered for the 2021 season at one of our local clubs in the Macarthur Football Association area, unless otherwise communicated.

If you are already familiar with the Association Development Program (ADP), you will understand how great this program is for a young player’s development, and to help them reach their full potential. But for those who are not familiar with the ADP, please see the below information with everything you need to know before deciding if this is something you want your child to be a part of.

Boys and Girls in the Macarthur Football Association aged between 5 and 13 are invited to participate in the 2021 ADP. The ADP is designed to supplement the club player’s local training and provide the technical assistance needed to build a set of skills which will enhance the player’s ability to perform better on match days, at training, and trials for future representative squads. This year, the program will be running on Monday or Friday evenings, commencing on the week of Monday 12th April 2021. The program will be held at the following locations in 2021:

  1.  Lynwood Park, Rangers Road, St Helens Park – Monday nights
  2. Blinman Oval, Harrow Rd, Glenfield – Monday nights
  3. Nugget Beames Reserve, Waterworth Drive, Narellan Vale – Friday nights
  4. *NEWLY ADDED* – Belgenny Reserve, Belgenny Ave, Camden – Monday nights

*Please note we are currently looking at confirming more locations to this year’s options. Upon registration please choose a current option, we will communicate other options once confirmed.

  • Players aged up to U8-9 will train from 5:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Players aged U9-10 and above will train from 6:45pm – 7:45pm


The program will consist of: 

  • ONE Training Session per week over 20 weeks
  • Qualified coaches
  • Training Uniform ($30)
  • Ball
  • Player Progression Reports

The cost of the ADP is $250 at the time of registration. Please also note that participants are required to wear the Macarthur Football Association kit, which can be purchased for $30 if the 2020 uniform no longer fits or if you are new to the program. We do offer a discount for siblings.

The ADP exists to: 

  • Provide our community club players with the opportunity to undertake supplementary training that is development based in a structured and periodised program that seeks to train players who are ‘like-minded’ and intrinsically driven to reach their footballing potential outside their normal club training at a local venue where possible.

  • Identify talented players as early as possible and help them develop better playing and training habits along with an attitude that is essential to helping a footballer fulfil their potential.

  • Help track a player’s development and create a footballing ‘profile’ for the child which can be used when assessing players at future representative trials, rather than depending solely on the player’s performance at the trial i.e., they might be sick or not play well on that particular trial day.  This way they can be assessed over a 20-week period.

  • Provide an opportunity for community club players to be introduced to the MFA SAP/AYL or Rams SAP/Youth League training environments where selected and possible during the 20-week period.


Benefits for Players:

  • One of the main benefits of the program is that players will be provided with more personalised attention to their needs during sessions as the coaches are not trying to prepare a ‘team’ for an upcoming club match.

  • The program focuses on improving individual and collective skills as well as developing decision making through a ‘game centred’ approach to the sessions.

  • Players will be constantly monitored and reports collated to assist with their development progress, which can also be supplied to the club for ongoing development purposes, should they require them.

  • MOST IMPORTANTLY the players who participate in this program will train with like-minded players who are intrinsically motivated to improve their technique and decision making abilities.

Register Here for the 2021 Program