Soccer Excellence Program

Soccer Excellence Program

As one of the Department of Education’s Approved Specialist Programs, John Curtin College of the Arts’ Soccer Excellence Program is an elite program for aspiring athletes from across the State.

Established in 1990, this is Western Australia’s leading soccer program in secondary schools. A significant number of former students play in professional teams internationally and the program has produced many State and national representatives. Learn more about our Elite Players…

The program helps students develop skills, attitudes and knowledge to enable them to compete successfully in soccer at the highest level.

Football West fully supports the course with assistance in coaching and organisation provided by Football West personnel.

Instruction is given by specially selected teachers who have exhibited a high level of proficiency in both soccer and teaching.

Students are expected to play normal club competition soccer on weekends and train with their club during the week.

Students will play in a college team against selected sides, including visiting interstate and international teams as well as the Champion Schools Soccer Competition, organised by School Sport WA.

Throughout the year guest coaches are invited to the college to impart their knowledge, skill and experience to the players. Players also learn to be comfortable with different coaching styles.

Our students participate in interstate and overseas tours.

Specialised Coaching

Your child will learn from specialist soccer teachers who are accredited with the Asian Football Confederation and with the Football Federation of Australia. Accreditations are held at the highest levels.

Your child will have access to soccer industry based professionals. This unique opportunity is supported by the Football Federation of Australia and Football West.

Your child will benefit from guest coaches who share their knowledge, skills and experience. This provides flexibility and diversity to the program and enables students to experience different coaching styles. Our visiting coaches have State and national accreditation.

If your child is a goalkeeper, they will work with experienced goalkeeper coaches at least once a week on physiological and technical abilities to improve strength, power, speed and agility.

Course Curriculum

In Years 7  to 10 your child will learn match tactics and strategies, develop refereeing skills and study the history of soccer. They will participate in intense technical and skills development four hours a week.

In Years 11 and 12 your child will participate in intense technical development for three hours a week with increased focus on strategies and tactics. Students are able to complete SIS20115 Certificate II in Sport and Recreation: Soccer Excellence. This course runs over two years with students commencing in Year 11. Students  learn the theory of coaching and complete the Football Federation of Australia Junior Coaching Licence and the Level 4 Referees accreditation. This course will provide pathways into TAFE and points for WACE graduation.


Students can apply for Years 7  to 11. Applications are directly to the college in Term 1 and 2 of the year applicants are in Year 6 with trials in June. Applications close May the year prior to entry.

A maximum of 18 boys and 18 girls participate in the program in each year group.

Entry into this program is through selection trials, interviews and school reports.

The course costs include match fees, equipment and some travel. The purchase of a course tracksuit is also required.

For further information about the program contact the college on 9433 7200. To download an application form click


Applications for 2018 close May, 2017. Email application to


Our Soccer graduates

Brad Jones Player, Liverpool FC English Premier League; Australian Olympic Soccer team Athens 2004
Chris Herd Player, Aston Villa FC English Premier League
David Tarka Player, Perth Glory Hyundai A League; Australian Olympic Soccer team Athens 2004
Lisa de Vanna Player, Adelaide Sensation; Australian Olympic Soccer team Athens 2004; part of world’s best 16 female players