Sydney FC Academy Football Schools



The Sydney FC Academy Football Schools program commenced operation in 2015 and is fully aligned and coordinated with the vision, philosophy and delivery of the Sydney FC Academy.

The program is delivered in combination with a network of schools and delivered by highly-qualified, Sydney FC Academy-approved coaches in a full time year round training environment.

Programming reflects the Sydney FC Academy philosophies on playing, coaching, learning and talent identification. It is designed to provide additional training opportunities to support young players motivated to reach their potential while at the same time pursuing a first-class education.

By utilising schools and facilities in geographically diverse locations we place the players at the centre of our development model. This provides a more holistic and sustainable model to increase the volume and quality of training players receive while still allowing them to fully engage with all the benefits and opportunities made available at a school close to home and combine this with their club and association training out of school.

The program is intended to collaborate not compete with existing club programs and reflects our desire and obligation as a professional club to expand development opportunities to a larger pool of talent, proactively engage late developers, encourage players who have not yet realized their potential and welcome more members of the community to the Sydney FC family. Our Academy Football School training is focussed on individual improvement.

Entry into Sydney FC Academy Football School programs is by application and trial. In general the application and trial process takes place in Term 1 and 2 for students entering Year 7 the following year. Entry points and trials for students in other years vary based upon availability.


  • Full time program-year round football program
  • Fully aligned with the Academy
  • Expands opportunities for both Talent ID and Talent Development
  • Provides more opportunity for more players
  • Focuses on Individual development in a team environment
  • Aims to maximize individual athletic and academic potential
  • Increases individual volume of training
  • Holistic and sustainable
  • Cost effective and value for investment
  • Expands the Sydney FC family
  • Proven pathway to the Academy
  • Fully accredited staff
  • Specialised goalkeeper training*

The Program

Three training sessions per week, Sydney FC Academy-approved coaching staff, Sydney FC training kit, First class training environment, Match day visits, Training ground visits, Talent ID days, 11 v 11 days, International tours, Individual assessments, Digital player development platform, Injury prevention program, Skills Testing, Wellbeing program, Physiotherapy and rehabilitation support