There are a number of variables to look at when searching for a football academy which is why I have compiled a list of football academies in England – and I mean the top ones.
Promotion of academy players to first team positions within a club is something you should look put for.
But then again, with competition at the top clubs across England and Europe this criteria could prove a tough indicator to follow.
The list could go on and on.
However, you should look out for academy team success.
Team success would of course be based on silverware won by each academy team.
Whether you want to know which football club has the best youth academy in England or you’re asking for the best football academy in England, it’s going to become debatable if I were to address that subject.
However, I could recommend couple of them based on the amount of academy graduates in their current first team, how many of their academy graduates play in Europe’s top 5 leagues, and the most successful youth academies for winning silverware.
Here we go:
- AFC Bournemouth Academy
- Arsenal F.C. Academy
- Aston Villa F.C. Academy
How To Get Into A Football Academy In England
Before I list the requirements, you need to know that football academies in England combine an intensive professional football training program with a secondary or university education, thus you are acquiring a secondary school certificate or a university degree too.
The age range of students most football academies in England admit is between 16 and 21.
Now read below to have an idea of what is required of you to join a football academy in England.
- You will need to attend an Open Day and play in a trial match. If successful, an official offer will be sent
- Accept the offer by completing relevant forms, terms and conditions and return with the first installment of fees by the deadline set
- Confirm if you require a tier 4 student visa and learn how to obtain one
- If you require a student visa, it is likely you will need to prove your knowledge of English Language, this can be done through arranging and sitting a recognized qualification such as the IELTS test
- The College will conduct an interview (face to face or Skype) with curriculum staff to ensure that the course is appropriate and that you understand the course content. Once this has been completed the College will proceed with the CAS application to issue the student visa
- Apply for a visa if required through the relevant embassy
- Complete and return further Academy registration forms as instructed
- Make travel arrangements
- Inform Football Academy of Visa confirmation (if applicable) and travel arrangements
- And then join the academy
Note: This is just a general step by step guide to apply to a football academy in England, each club may have their own specifics. Be sure to check out their individual websites.
Now that the problem of how to join a football academy in England from Nigeria is out of the way, let’s take a look at my list of top football academies in England.
Top football academies in England
David Beckham Academy
Arsenal F.C. Under-23s and Academy
AFC Bournemouth Under-21s and Academy
Bolton Wanderers F.C. Reserves and Academy
Aston Villa F.C. Under-23s and Academy
Birmingham City F.C. Reserves and Academy
Blackburn Rovers F.C. Under-23s and Academy
Brentford F.C. Reserves and Academy
Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. Reserves and Academy
Burnley F.C. Under-23s and Academy
Charlton Athletic F.C. Under-23s and Academy
Chelsea F.C. Under-23s and Academy
Colchester United F.C. Under-23s and Academy
Crewe Alexandra F.C. Academy
Crystal Palace F.C. Under-23s and Academy
Doncaster Rovers F.C. Academy
Derby County F.C. Reserves and Academy
Everton F.C. Reserves and Academy
Fulham F.C. Academy
Glenn Hoddle Academy
Huddersfield Town A.F.C. Reserves and Academy
Hull City A.F.C. Reserves and Juniors
Ipswich Town F.C. Under-23s and Academy
Leeds United F.C. Reserves and Youth Team
Leicester City F.C. Under-23s and Academy
Academy of Light
Liverpool F.C. Reserves and Academy
Manchester City F.C. EDS and Academy
Manchester United F.C. Reserves and Academy
Middlesbrough F.C. Reserves and Academy
Newcastle United F.C. Reserves and Academy
Norwich City F.C. Under-23s and Academy
Nottingham Forest F.C. Under-23s, Under-18s and Academy
Portsmouth F.C. Reserves and Academy
Reading F.C. Under-23s and Academy
Sheffield United F.C. Academy
Sheffield Wednesday F.C. Academy
Southampton F.C. B team and Academy
St George's Park National Football Centre
Stoke City F.C. Under-23s and Academy
Sunderland A.F.C. Reserves and Academy
Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Under-23s and Academy
Wallsend Boys Club
Watford F.C. Under-23s and Academy
West Bromwich Albion F.C. Reserves and Academy
West Ham United F.C. Under-23s and Academy
AFC Wimbledon Development Squad and Academy
Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. Development Squad and Academy
That's all the England football academy list there is. If there are any more top ones I didn't mention, you have the floor – just drop them in the comment box below.
This article was most recently revised and updated 7 months ago