Tuesday, November 1, 2011

South Africa Football Association conducts successful Financial Assistance Programme Trials

The South Africa Football Association (SAFA) held the FIFA™ (Financial Assistance Programme) FAP Talent Identification programme over the past weekend (29 - 31 October 2011). It was held in Edenvale, Johannesburg.

This the second one, with the first being held four years ago.
But the current programme is different in that it’s first of its kind where the selectors was able to go around the country to select players over a year to invite to the session.

The programme is funded by the World Football governing body (FIFA™) with the aim of assisting Confederations and Associations with the development of talent in their respective regions.

The talent identification trials were successfully concluded with many of the 40 invited players being identified as potential candidates for the SAFA High Performance Centre as well as the Under 17 Women’s National team.

SAFA's Assistant Technical Director, Fran Hilton-Smith was positive with the outcome of the whole process.

“The talent on display was of the highest quality, and a number of outstanding players were identified for further monitoring. But I can confirm that we have identified 12 players that are national team material, so we will be working with them going forward. Thanks to SAFA and FIFA™ we can now start preparing the next Under 17 Women’s National Team for 2014. A number of players were identified for inclusion in next year’s intake at the SAFA High Performance Centre as well as the present Under 17 Women’s National Team, and this has without doubt increased the pool of the players we have,” Hilton-Smith.

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