Modeled on the best youth academies in Europe, the IFTS Football Program is an integrated, holistic, age specific program aimed at optimum player development.
The key objective is to develop each individual player’s technical ability. This provides a strong foundation with a step-by-step progressive plan that enables players to achieve ball mastery and develop the qualities and skill set required for higher level competition.
Adhering to Football Federation Australia’s National Curriculum the playing style encouraged is proactive, based on effective possession with creative individuals at the forefront. Our curriculum comprises an annual plan divided into training phases with specific goals and objectives that enable quantifiable improvement. Each week comprises three field sessions, one recovery/yoga session and one game match day.
Training the Whole Person
A fundamental component of the curriculum is our fitness regime. After testing, students receive an individualised program which, when performed regularly and correctly, can decrease the likelihood of injury and increase overall performance.
With a focus on the complete picture rather than isolated parts, athletes also participate in various disciplines such as yoga, football co-ordination and agility training.
Players are educated about the importance of recovery, sleep, nutrition, psychology and mindset – all elements that are pivotal to sporting excellence and peak performance.
Each student has their own personal page on our Performance Management website. This includes individual fitness/agility test results and other performance management information for players to continually utilise to assist in their own development
IFTS students gain match practice through participating in IFS FC matches, also against other clubs and school teams.
Part of the school football program is to introduce our students to Futsal. Futsal training forms an important component of our training program. Top Brazilians like Pele, Zico, Socrates and Ronaldo, and closer to home Australian star Tom Rogic, all attribute their soccer success to playing futsal. Sanctioned by FIFA, futsal is a fast paced, 5-a-side indoor version of football. Using a smaller ball in a more confined space, frequency of touches is increased and players are forced to make quick decisions, developing skills at a rapid rate.
Whilst our students do attend some futsal training throughout the school year, students and parents are welcome to join the IFS Futsal Club which participates in a weekly competition at either Niagara Park, PLC – Woy Woy and Cessnock. Students also have the opportunity to be selected to play for the school in state and national futsal titles.
IFS offers access to some of this country’s best coaches – the likes of ex-Matildas Julie Dolan, Joey Peters, ex-Mariners players André Gumprecht, Brad Porter, Patrick Zwaanswijk, Adam Kwasnik and Daniel McBreen. These coaches not only bring a wealth of technical knowledge and qualifications, but also they add world’s best practice within the curriculum.