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FFA announce new National Football Curriculum

Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced another new landmark initiative with the unveiling of a new National Football Curriculum (NFC) which has the long term aim of improving the skill level, quality and performance of Australia's top players and teams.

"The National Football Curriculum is the next important stage of the Talent Identification Development Review and the National Football Development Plan that was announced in November 2007," said FFA CEO, Ben Buckley.

"It sets the blueprint for the quality and style of Australian football for the future and aims to significantly improve our skill levels.

"It is the first time we have had a national curriculum which sets the basis for the development of all young players and coaches, whether at community or elite level.

"The key objective is to create a talented player development program that emphasises skill and sustains international success for generations to come, as well as a coach development system that produces quality coaches who are able to implement the curriculum and realise similar goals," Buckley said.

The NFC has been developed by researching best practice in talent development and identification in football and other sports and tailoring it to football in Australia.

The evidence-based curriculum has been developed by FFA's National Technical Director, Han Berger, following on from preliminary work by the previous National Technical Director, Rob Baan.

Berger, who started in the role in January, will oversee implementation of the NFC.

"The new national curriculum recognises two streams of development," Berger said.

"The first is for talented players who aim to play the highest level possible, and the second is for community players who just want to play the game and enjoy the sport."

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