The Football Program is a select entry program, delivering opportunities for talented footballers to balance both their sporting and academic pursuits in an "athlete friendly" environment. In addition to a Year’s 7-12 academic program students are involved in a Technical Football Program and a comprehensive Athlete Development Program (ADP).
The Program has been designed to develop a training schedule to assist elite youth football players in their pathway towards State, National and International representation.
Student-athletes have access to strength and conditioning, injury prevention programs, sports science, nutrition, match analysis and sport psychology.
In 2018 Maribyrnong Sports Academy became the first and only “FFA High Performance Football School” in Victoria.
The purpose of High Performance Football Schools (HPFS),is to provide potentially talented players aged 14 to 18, who have been identified as potential national team players, with additional training to support them in reaching their football potential. The HPFS supplements the development undertaken at clubs and NTC programs.
In order to achieve our main aims, the college enlists the services of a Football Technical Director and team of highly qualified and experienced coaches.
Technical Director of Football
Adrian Mazzarella:UEFA Licenses: Senior B, Youth & Children’s A Licenses. U16 Australian School Boys Head Coach. U13 Victorian TIDC Head Coach. Former - u19 & u16 Victorian Schools State Coach, NPL Club Technical Director, Melbourne City FC Youth Assistant, coach of FFV State Squads, Crystal Palace Academy & Chelsea FC Development Centre Coach.
Year 7/8 Head Coach - Agim Sherifovski, current Melbourne Victory u15 coach.
Year 9/10 Head Coach – Simon Zappia, current Melbourne City u15 Head Coach.
Year 11/12 Head Coach – Adrian Mazzarella, current Technical Director
Female Program Head Coach – Adrian Mazzarella, current Technical Director
Goalkeeper Head Coach - Peter Zois, former Melbourne Heart Youth Goalkeeper Head Coach. Former Melbourne Victory Youth Goalkeeper Head Coach, former Professional Player in the Eredivisie (Dutch Premier League).
FFA Program Head Coach – Brian Vanega, former Melbourne Victory youth coach.
Jayden Anderson– Former Melbourne Victory Strength & Conditioning coach. Former College/Sports Academy student-athlete, captain of Bill Turner Cup winning team.
Seb Zancan–Junior NTC Girls Head Coach. Football Victoria Miniroos coordinator.
Joshua Barresi– Former AIS scholarship member, A-League player for Western Sydney Wanderers & Newcastle Jets. Current NPL Senior Player for Bentleigh Greens.