The Australian Institute of Sport Football Program
is an association football
talent identification and player development program run by the Australian Institute of Sport
, in Canberra
. The AIS runs this program for both men and women: the men's program was one of the eight founding sports of the AIS in 1981, with the women's program being added in 1998.
The AIS football program is funded by the Australian Federal Government, through the Australian Sports Commission
. In 2005-2006 this funding amounted to A$
, 1 July 2006 Currently, 20 students per year are selected for an initial period of 12 months training and study, with the additional option of a second year. The men's program is residential, while the women's is training camp-based. Students are generally 15–17 years old when selected and the only compulsory requirement is that they have current, or pending, Australian citizenship.
The original stated aim of the men's program was <blockquote>"To identify and develop players for the national under-20 youth team and to develop coaches through the Scholarship Coaching scheme".
Following the decision of several football graduates to represent other countries at a senior national level (e.g. Josip Simunic
), the AIS implemented contracts whereby the cost of the scholarship will have to be repaid by any graduate that goes on... Read More