English Football Academies 2016/17

Getting a place in top a top English football academy is a dream for most children that love football, and as you would expect the competition is incredibly tough. Simply turning up hoping to be spotted will not get you a place in a football academy.




For those lucky few that do get in, you will be in aw of the depth of professionalism that goes into not only your diet and well-being, but your team play, mentality on and off the pitch and most of all your training ethics.

Children learn to develop their footballing skills, mental strength, physical agility and fitness, amongst more strategic game play, and learning how to think under pressure about the pass, cross, shot or run you will make as part of your wider team.

It is important for parents to understand which academies to target, and below shows the list of all the football academies in the UK Premier League and Championship. Find out about how each academy varies and which ones suit you best.




Have a general question about football academies, check out out football academies FAQ’s page.

Premier League Football Academies

Premier League football academies will teach you about the clubs unique footballing philosophy and approach to the game, so each academy will have different focuses and modules.

For a full list of Premier League football academies, browse through this page. It is kept up to date and contains more information than some of the official club pages since they are often so inundated with requests for trials that they keep public information to a minimum.

Academies are the follow on from soccer schools and are different in that you have to be accepted to join an academy by taking trials against peers of your age groups. Places are much more limited, so competition is much tougher than a soccer school, which is open to anyone.

The main football club scouts often monitor and watch academy training and matches, working closely with the academy staff to assess the home grown talent they are producing, and look at how they can develop and progress players into the next age group…which means more academy trials.

Championship Football Academies

Don’t underestimate the quality of Championship footballing academies. Football Academies are given ratings by the FA (Football Association) and there are some key academies in the Championship such as Reading FC that are ranked category one. To put this into perspective not all Premiership Academies achieve a category one ranking, so it is definitely worth checking them out.




See the full list of Championship football academies below:

Sky Bet League One Academies

And whilst a Sky Bet League One Academy might not seem as glamorous, the coaching again is of really high quality with just as many scouts watching games, so if you are after developing your footballing career as a professional, if a Sky Bet League One Academy is closer to you, then it definitely worth checking out.

All Football Academies

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English Football Academies

Accrington Stanley FC Academy
AFC Bournemouth Academy
Arsenal Academy
Aston Villa Academy
Barnet FC Academy
Barnsley FC Academy
Birmingham City FC Academy
Blackburn Rovers Academy
Blackpool FC Academy
Bolton Wanderers Academy
Bradford City FC Academy
Brentford FC Academy
Brighton & Hove Albion Academy
Bristol City FC Academy
Burnley FC Academy
Burton Albion FC Academy
Bury FC Academy
Cambridge United FC Academy
Cardiff City Academy
Carlisle United FC Academy
Charlton Athletic Academy
Chelsea FC Academy
Cheltenham Town FC Academy
Chesterfield FC Academy
Colchester United FC Academy
Coventry City FC Academy
Crewe Alexandra Academy
Crystal Palace Academy
Derby County Academy
Doncaster Rovers FC Academy
Everton FC Academy
Exeter City FC Academy
Fleetwood Town FC Academy
Fulham Academy
Gillingham FC Academy
Grimsby Town FC Academy
Hartlepool United FC Academy
Huddersfield Town Academy
Hull City Academy
Ipswich Town FC Academy
Leeds United Academy
Leicester City Academy
Leyton Orient FC Academy
Liverpool FC Academy
Luton Town FC Academy
Manchester City Academy
Manchester United Academy
Mansfield Town FC Academy
Middlesbrough FC Academy
Millwall Academy
MK Dons FC Academy
Morecambe FC Academy
Newcastle United Academy
Newport County FC Academy
Norwich City Academy
Nottingham County FC Academy
Nottingham Forest Academy
Oldham Athletic FC Academy
Peterborough United FC Academy
Plymouth Argyle FC Academy
Port Vale FC Academy
Portsmouth FC Academy
Preston North End FC Academy
Queens Park Rangers Academy
Reading FC Academy
Rochdale FC Academy
Rotherham United Academy
Scunthorpe United FC Academy
Sheffield United FC Academy
Sheffield Wednesday Academy
Shrewsbury Town FC Academy
Southend United FC Academy
Southampton FC Academy
Stevenage FC Academy
Stoke City Academy
Sunderland Academy
Swansea City Academy
Swindon Town FC Academy
Tottenham Academy
Walsall FC Academy
Watford Academy
West Brom Academy
West Ham United
Wigan Athletic Academy
Wolves Academy
Yeovil Town FC Academy

Scottish Football Academies

Aberdeen FC Academy
Celtic FC Academy
Dundee FC Academy
Dundee United FC Academy
Hamilton Academical FC Academy
Hearts FC Academy
Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC Academy
Kilmarnock FC Academy
Motherwell FC Academy
Partick Thistle FC Academy
Rangers FC Academy
St Johnstone FC Academy
St Mirren FC Academy

Football Trials

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