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For the first time in New Zealand, football has a National Player Development Framework backed by all regional federations, providing a definable pathway to guide players to a level of football that helps them fulfil their potential and keep them in the game.

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The framework sets out a vision for re-aligning all aspects of our game to form one cohesive system that can bring long-term success for our sport. It provides the game in New Zealand with an exciting model which aims to meet the needs of players at all levels in the game. It is a plan that is based on best practice and extensive evidence and research from around the world. It is a plan that bridges the gap between our grassroots and high performance objectives and ensures that regional Federations, clubs and schools have clear direction in helping football achieve two interrelated key objectives: Get as many Kiwi kids enthused about playing football from a young age, and create long term success at the highest levels.

The new National Player Development Framework offers direction for all coaches and football providers.

According to league and age class the coaches (as well as the club personnel, parents and football teachers at schools) get a first overview of:

  • Training objectives and focus which can be accurately adjusted to the players’ current abilities and motivations
  • How to meet the specific wants and needs of the players as they progress through football towards adulthood
  • Ideal competition formats, optimally complementing football development of the particular development stage
  • Guidelines for coaches to establish motivating and learning-enhancing club football according to the particular development stage

The National Player Development Framework considers sports-scientific and pedagogical awareness/knowledge and principles. It is the basis for future resources with detailed information about contents and methods in the separate training stages.

The roll-out starts with a national pilot of the Junior Framework which lays the foundation for long-term player development since junior football is where eager kids and their parents get their first taste of sport.

The pilot will feature no more than 100 clubs across the country, who will lead the way with the standardisation of small-sided games and philosophies of player and coach development. The pilot is a crucial step in the plan’s introduction and the feedback from clubs will be vitally important in shaping the wider roll-out in 2012.

An increased workforce of 40 dedicated and Football Development staff – spread throughout the federations – are already on the ground to help pilot clubs implement new programmes in the upcoming season. They will also be involved in ongoing coach education for every club.

Supported by their federation, the pilot clubs will be provided with supporting resources to kick off the programmes, including manuals and DVDs for coaches and coordinators, posters for your club and flyers for parents. Game leaders and coordinators will receive ongoing training and support to help bring the programmes to life for your junior players. 

More Information

National Player Development Framework

To find out more about the National Player Framework Development open a copy below or contact your local Football Development Officer.

 National Player Development Framework

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