About Us

Our story

The Elite Futbol Development Academy (E.F.D.A) was established in 2015 by coach Jean-Noel (Jean) Dimanche. The idea came about as a result of ongoing requests from both players and their parents for Jean to undertake private training sessions to assist the players in improving their skillsets and confidence. The skill gap can restrict young players when trying to take their football career to the next level, particularly among those who strive to play at an elite level in Australia.

After 15 years experienced coaching with various age groups and playing the beautiful game himself, Jean believes there is a distinct gap in young player's skill levels. That skill gap can restrict young players to take their football career to the next level, particularly among those who strive to play at an elite level in Australia. We at E.F.D.A strive to provide the best coaching we can for our players to achieve their goals at ALL levels of football, both in Australia and abroad; through maintaining a fun, patient, inclusive, flexible and FAMILY environment for both players and parents to feel at home when they come to training.

Meet Our Staff

 

FOOTBALL COACHES

 

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Jean Dimanche

Academy Head Coach/Director

Achievements:

  • NPL Coach Youth Level for the past 5 years since its introduction
  • Victorian Champions League (Southern Blue Tongues, champions U13)
  • Former State League NSW Player
  • AFC/FFA Senior ‘C’ License, NOW completed AFC ‘B’ License

Focus:

Development, technique and ball mastering
Technically skilled with both feet
Good ball control, first touch and the ability to read the play are essential.

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Marcus Dimanche

Youth Elite Coach

Achievements:

  • FFA NTC (VIC U15) Champions
  • Melbourne Victory Youth
  • Melbourne City Youth & NPL
  • Mauritius National Team (seniors and youth)
  • NPL Senior Player from age 17 (Currently Oakleigh Cannons FC)

Focus:

Attacking Play: shooting, crossing and finishingBall Mastering: Dribbling, First Touch, Technique, Confidence: 1v1 dribbling

I aim to make good players, great; and great players, elite

 

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Dominique Bijoux

Academy Coach

Achievements:

  • Assistant coach Noble Park seniors
  • Involved in coaching at numerous NPL and community clubs
  • “Karate” stuff

Focus:

Developing young and beginning players the technical skills and technique of the game. Building confidence, resilience and harnessing a players talent to the edge of his/her capabilities.

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES

 

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Ricky Nguyen

Onsite, weekly strength & conditioning coach

Qualifications:

  • NPL Coach Youth Level for the past

Gym/exercise base location:


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John Cara

Elite Sports Conditioning

Qualifications:

  • Vic State Team

Gym/Exercie base location:

Melbourne East-North East, Doncaster

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Liz Dimanche

Operations Manager

Elizabeth manages our resources, develops and implements our plans, ensures that our health and safety procedures are carried out effectively, and is your point of contact for questions queries and session fees at EFDA!

 

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KIARA CURSIO

Media Manager

With Kiara’s current studies in Occupational Therapy she has a vested interest in the health and wellbeing of young athletes. Kiara has experience with social media profiles, developing innovative ideas and media approaches to capture our players at EFDA

 

“Football is about mastering as many skills and techniques to make the right decisions in games”

“Our Vision”

 

Our Skill Acquisition Training Programs (S.A.T.P) are dynamic sessions, catered to boys and girls aged 10 to 18 years with specific focus on ball mastering skills, technical skills and building self-confidence. We welcome all beginners to the football code!

We also offer training sessions, specifically tailored to players with advanced skills and techniques where special attention is paid to an individual’s football insight and decision making.

We strongly believe that maintaining smaller group sessions enables our coaches to monitor, and improve the individual’s weakness, and also enhances our quality of coaching. For this reason we aim to limit player numbers to a maximum of 12 per coach.

 

Technical
Skills


  • Acquisitions
  • Ball Mastering
  • Ball Control and First Touch
  • Dribbling the Ball with
  • Confidence
  • Running with the Ball
  • Striking the Ball
  • Receiving and Passing

Mental
Strengths


  • Concentration
  • Decision-making
  • Game Awareness
  • Game Insights
  • Learning
  • Self-motivation
  • Hard Work
  • Mental State of Mind
  • Enjoyment
  • Having Fun
  • Never Give Up
  • Applying Yourself and Repetitions

Physical
Attributes


  • Power and Body Strength,
  • Speed
  • Agility
  • Dynamic and Explosive Runs
  • Body Shape
  • Vertical Leaps
  • Good Balance
  • Body Co-ordination,
  • Endurance and Stamina.
  • Yourself and Repetitions

Our Training Focus

TECHNICAL

  • Acquisitions
  • Ball Mastering
  • Ball Control and First Touch
  • Dribbling & 1v1 scenarios
  • Running with the Ball
  • Striking the Ball
  • Shooting
  • Finishing
  • Crossing
  • Receiving and Passing

TACTICAL

  • Game Awareness
  • Game Insights
  • Reading & understanding the game
  • Positional understanding
  • Transition

PHYSICAL

  • Power and Body Strength
  • Speed
  • Agility
  • Dynamic and Explosive Runs
  • Body Shape
  • Jumping & Landing
  • Balance
  • Body Co-ordination
  • Endurance and Stamina

MENTAL

  • Concentration
  • Decision-making
  • Learning
  • Hard Work
  • Mental State of Mind
  • Self-motivation
  • Enjoyment
  • Applying Yourself and Repetitions