Sydney FC Academy Opens

Sydney FC has announced the establishment of an elite academy that will develop young players the club hopes will be the Sky Blues stars of the future.


Sydney FC has announced the establishment of an elite academy that will develop young players the club hopes will be the Sky Blues stars of the future.

The Sydney FC Academy officially opened on Monday when the first intake of 26 players trained at Macquarie University.

It signifies a continued commitment from Sydney FC to invest in and develop junior talent for the benefit of grassroots football.

The squad of players has been drawn from the NSW State League clubs and consists of junior players aged from 14-18.

The aim of the academy is to provide technical and tactical knowledge to produce better players and identify potential new talent that can represent Sydney FC in the National Youth League and Hyundai A League in future seasons.

Sydney FC Head of Youth Development Steve O-Connor will run the program and is looking forward to seeing the players improve, no matter what level they go on to reach.

“It-s an exciting opportunity to further develop players in the Sydney metropolitan area and offers an elite academy pathway for young talented players to go on to play for Sydney FC. They will train at least once a week and hopefully three or four times a week once State League commitments are completed.”

O-Connor is excited about the academy-s establishment and its potential.

“Hopefully it will grow and develop. The possibilities and potential are extensive. We must thank the State League clubs for being so willing to be part of this program. Our promise to them is that the young players will be much improved due to their participation in the Sydney FC Academy program.”

Sony-s Ruben Lawrence, Sponsorship Manager, said the organisation is delighted to be part of developing young football talent.

“As an official football partner around the world and here in Australia, Sony embraces the emotion, inspiration and passion of the world-s favourite game. It-s important to capture, harness and develop this passion and talent from a young age, and we are so proud to be involved in a program that allows Australians to realise their dreams.”