FDA Academy

Are you a passionate and dedicated football (soccer) player? Take your game to a new level with Football Development Australia!
Would you like to know more? Develop your skills and play competitive soccer in 2014 with the Football Development Australia Academy. The FDA Academy squads train all year round and gain invaluable match practice against top level opposition throughout the season. You will benefit benefit from top class training and play weekend competition football throughout the year. Develop, train and play games with young players who share your ability and passion for the game. Register your interest to trial here.

The FDA Academy program is now inviting players to register to trial for our U8-U14 squads in preparation for the new 2014 season.

The FDA Academy trains at The King’s School and at  Homelands Reserve, Telopea.

 Players born in 2006 - 1999 - register your interest to trial today for the FDA Academy 2014 Competition squads here:


What is the FDA Academy?

The FDA Academy is run by Football Development Australia Pty Ltd in Sydney is an elite soccer player development program which offers the unique opportunity for young Australian players to develop in one of the most advanced soccer academies in Australia. The FDA Academy program is based on programs used by European professional academies and tailored to suit the needs of elite Australian players. The FDA Coaching team monitors young players’ development in key areas of their game. The Academy program develops players technically, tactically, physically and psychologically as if they were based in Europe.

The program aims to promote excellence in football in Australia and provide the best opportunity for players to reach their full potential in the game. While winning is often seen as the way that progress is measured, the Academy philosophy is that winning is a product of individual and team development and therefore our focus is always on development.

The FDA Academy professional coaching team focuses on reaching specific objectives in relation to the technical, tactical, physical and psychological progress of a football squad in each age group. The FDA coaching team insists on the highest degree of professionalism - all training sessions are meticulously prepared for each particular squad and progress is carefully monitored. We encourage and support all of our coaches in achieving a high level of competence through practical and theoretical training and player experience.

The FDA Academy offers its players additional services such as Strength and Conditioning Program and nutritional advice. With the help of coordination and mobility exercises, elite players can develop strength, flexibility and posture in a safe and controlled environment. As volume and intensity of training increases with age, the focus shifts heavily to injury prevention.

The FDA Academy coaching staff aims to maintain the high standard of elite player at the Academy. All new players interested in joining the program take part in selection trials. Outstanding players are selected based on skills, development potential and mental attributes.

How is the FDA Academy different? Our strengths:
• FDA coaching staff has extensive professional player experience.
Meet the coaches here. Fantastic coach/player ratio.

• FDA keeps up to date with the latest youth development methodology
and techniques around the world and draws on a wide range
of international expertise to facilitate the development of our players and coaches.

• The FDA Academy program focuses on reaching specific short
term and long term objectives in developing the squads within each
age group. Progress is carefully monitored and the program is
tailored so that the players and squads reach their objectives
individually and collectively.

• Thorough selection process – we believe that outstanding players
attract outstanding players – any new players keen to join our
program go through a selection process. Our players are selected
based on skills, development potential and mental attributes.

• Additional Services – Strength and Conditioning program
focusing on mobility exercises and injury prevention, helping our
players gain strength, flexibility and improve their posture.

• Nutritional advice. Regular updates for parents.

• The Academy uses professional equipment & accessories imported from Italy.

Can anyone attend FDA Academy?

No. Unlike the FDA Football Camps (3 day school holiday football program), and the Junior Development Program which are open to all players aged 6-14, the FDA Academy is designed for dedicated and committed players born between 2005 and 1999. To be able to attend, each player needs to go through a selection process (trials) and will be notified of the Academy’s decision in a formal letter of acceptance.  

What is the number of hours FDA Academy players will be expected to train for?

 The FDA Academy program is a professional junior football development program and targets players who are focused and dedicated to football.

FDA Academy 2014 – commencement and duration:

The 2014 FDA Academy program starts in January 2014 and finish in December 2014. Players will be required to train twice a week during each term and will play matches on weekends. Players are given time off during each school holiday to ensure a sufficient recovery time and to allow them to participate in family holidays.

Will the players attending FDA Academy play matches as a team?

Yes, in 2014 FDA Academy teams will play a series of matches against top opposition throughout each term. FDA bases it's match practice on a European youth development format.

The playing format will be as follows for the following age groups:
U8  7-a-side
U9  7-a-side
U10 & 11 9-a-side

U12 & older 11-a-side

How can parents monitor the progress of their child?

The FDA coaching team carefully monitors and reviews progress of the players and teams. Each player’s development will be assessed by the FDA Academy team in the beginning and at the end of the season.
Players are provided with a report at the completion of the program every year.

FDA also organises regular educational sessions and forums for parents.

What are the costs associated with attending the Academy?

Please contact FDA on 02-9024 5122. 

Where and when will the trials for the 2013/2014 season be held? 

If you would like to be considered for the FDA Academy 2014 squads, please register your interest to trial by clicking on the "Register for trials now" button and fill out and submit the form. FDA representative will be in touch with you shortly. Alternatively, call us on 02-9024 5122.







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