Sydney FC Begins Female Football Academy Pathway

A bright future for women’s football in Australia has become even brighter with the start of Sydney FC’s female pathway to the club’s inaugural Female Football Academy.

The completion of Sydney FC’s Centre of Excellence Sky Park next year will bring about the first intake of young talented girls into the program.  

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This month the pathway for those girls became clearer with the creation of places for female under 12 (2010 born), under 13 (2009 born) and under 14 (2008 born) squads in Sydney FC’s Academy Training Program which is likely to form the basis for the inaugural group.

Young Sky Blues W-League scholarship player Mary Stanic-Floody is already on the road to success and believes the first intake will benefit immensely by becoming part of the ATP.

Mary Stanic Floody As A Kid
Mary as a young Sydney FC Member at a Sydney Derby

“The Female Football Academy will provide the perfect pathway to the professional game and the future is bright for women’s football,” she said.

“Sydney FC’s Academy Training Program is the first step to allow it to happen, so it’s important girls want to become a part of that to show they are capable of stepping up into Academy football.”

Stanic-Floody was recently named in Sydney FC’s W-League squad for the 2021-22 season as a scholarship player and is learning the benefits of joining a good pathway.

“Young girls will have the best chance to be a part of Sydney FC’s Female Football Academy by trying out for the Academy Training Programs which are based in Kareela and Macquarie Park,” she continued.

Mary Stanic Floody With Sydney FC W-League Players
Mary Stanic-Floody as a child with her hero Sydney FC W-League players

The boys Academy Training Program started at the club’s Macquarie University base three years ago and it’s the most common way for selection into the under 13 boys Academy squad.

It will become the same for the new girls Academy and places in the program are limited and by application.

To become a part of the girls Academy Training Program the talented young players must apply and be aged 12 or 13.

The ATP sessions will take place every Sunday night at Macquarie Park and Kareela, providing easy access for young players from all across Sydney.

Applications are still open for those wishing to join the program with applications set to close on Friday 17th September.

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