Take your football to the next level with an 8-week training program offered through NIAS. Offered to any player in the u12's - u15s age group currently registered with any club in the New England North West region. Beginning the week of Monday 19th July, this 8 week program aims to enhance on field playing skills to better your game!

Get in touch to secure your place now! Download the REGISTRATION FORM HERE, fill it out and return it to


Cost of the program is approximately $50 per child.


8-Week Training Program Additional Information

Day: Occurring every Monday afternoon, commencing on 19th July and concluding the 6th September.

Time (TBC):

U12-U13 years - 4:30pm-5:30pm

U14-U15 years - 5:45pm-6:45pm

Cost: Approximately $50 per person (TBC)



NIAS FC Weekly Training Days

Please see below for training days/times for each squad, noting that training sessions run in alignment with the NSW school terms. 


     U7's - Every Wednesday afternoon (16:30-17:30)

     U8's - Every Friday afternoon (16:30-17:30)

     U9's/U10's - Every Wednesday and Friday afternoon (18:00-19:30)

     U11's/U12's - Every Wednesday and Friday afternoon (18:00-19:30)

     U13's/U14's -  Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon (18:00-19:30)

     U15's - Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon (18:00-19:30)


Coach Nominations for the 2020/2021 season are CLOSED. Download the form here.

If you require more information, please contact the NIAS office.

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Congratualtions to all athletes who have been named to represent NIAS FC in 2021, You can find squad names HERE.



Application Details

Who is Eligible

This program is offered to both Boys and Girls for all age groups out of three hubs: Football Gunnedah, Football Tamworth and Football Inverell. All three of these hubs will have the following programs running:

- NIAS FC Junior U7s and U8s (born 2013-2014)

- NIAS Regional HP (underpinning to SAP): U9, U10, U11 and U12 years (born 2009-2012)

- Skill Acquisition Program (SAP): U9, U10, U11 and U12 years (born 2009-2012)

- Regional HP U13/U14, U15/16 (born 2005-2008)

- Northern League 1: U13, U14, U15 & U16 years (born 2005-2008)

When filling out your application below, please use the drop down arrow to select the correct Football Hub as your sport (i.e Football Tamworth, Football Gunnedah or Football Inverell).

Selection Process & Criteria

The number of athletes selected into each squad will be determined by age group requirements under the direction of the state sporting body (Northern NSW Football). Selection criteria will be based on the following skills:

  1. 1st Touch quality
  2. Off ball awareness
  3. Off Ball movement
  4. Endurance- 20m shuttle run or similar test
  5. Decision making with the ball
  6. Passion to succeed and attitude towards learning
  7. Speed
  8. Receiving/performing under pressure
  9. Defensive/attacking skills.
  10. 1 V 1
  11. Striking the Ball
  12. Running with the ball

Program year

Scholarship offered is for a 40 week period for all programs other than the junior program which will be 30 weeks. Trials will be in the first week of February 2021, with the program to operate across the calendar year to December 2021. Training sessions will be run 1-2 times a week dependant on individual programs.  Training sessions will be either 60 or 90 minutes in duration, program dependent. Please note all training sessions are compulsory, exceptions are made for illness, injury, school excursions and competing at a  high level football based event. An email must be sent to your head coach with a copy to the NIAS Office prior.  Failure to attend and abide by NIAS program expectations may result in the loss of your position in the 2021 NIAS Football program.

Please find below the confirmed dates for the 2021 Football Program.


Program content

Skill sessions and camps are held both within and outside the Northern Inland New England region throughout February to December. The skills program follows a structured approach concentrating on a range of individual skills early in the program which lead into team skills involving concept skills and game strategies. Quality coaches ensure that the program remains fresh and interesting and athletes build new skills across the program.

Fitness sessions focus on the importance of building core strength to improve posture, balance and technique.

Sessions will be held in the respective hub areas being Gunnedah, Tamworth or Inverell. 

To view a break down of the content offered for each program, please CLICK HERE

Program Outcomes

This program is designed to provide athletes with increased skills and education to better prepare them for competition nationally and internationally. The program aligns with the national pathway. i.e The Northern League 1 program aligns with the pathway through Northern NSW Football as part of the Football Federation Australia's (FFA) player pathway to high performance. 


Subjectivity is an unavoidable element in all selections. Athletes who feel the selection criteria has not been adhered to should be aware that NIAS has a formal 'Appeals' process available.

Contact NIAS if you would like to make an appeal and recieve feedback on your application. 

Athlete Benefits:

  • Intensive training support by quality coaches
  • NIAS Football Club clthing pack
  • Sport Science fitness testing and support
  • Travel Assistance to attend out of region camps
  • Financial assistance if selected into a national team
  • Athlete Levy scholarships due to financial hardship are available (reach out to NIAS for further info)

Athlete Commitment

  • Attend all program training sessions/ related activities
  • Football is number one sport while on scholarship
  • Be committed to a holistic approach to their development, both on and off the field
  • Comply with the training requirements and respond in a positive manner to any suggestion or criticism
  • Maintain an appropriate performance standard to continue to receive a scholarship
  • Behave and dress in a professional and dignified manner when representing the NIAS and its sponsors
  • Make yourself available (within reason) to sponsors and the media for promotional purposes
  • Adhere to NIAS anti-Doping policy
  • Maintain communication with NIAS and coaching staff as required


Costs for each program offered may include regional training, HP coach support, NIAS clohting pack, match play opportuntiies, out of the region tours, regional gala days, education support and a ticket to the annual awards night. 


Junior Development Program: 

Cost = $500 per athlete

Regional HP Program (underpinning SAP Program)

Cost = $930 per athlete

Skill Aquisition Program (SAP):

Cost = $950 per athlete

Regional HP Program:

Cost = $900 per athlete

Northern League One (Newcastle):

Cost = $1550 per athlete


Football clothing packs will be provided specific to the squad outlined above.

Please note that NIAS offeres payment plans to best work with your situation. We're here to work with you! 

When filling out your application below, please use the drop down arrow to select the correct Football Hub as your sport (i.e Football Tamworth, Football Gunnedah or Football Inverell).


Open Date: 07 December 2020
Close Date: 03 June 2021

For further information please contact the NIAS office on 67 662526 or email

Applications currently closed


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