articles & news

YPT brings you the latest news and information from the worlds best academies

There must be magic in the water at Borussia Dortmund.

The Bundesligaclub has gained a reputation of finding and fostering world-class talent; taking young players with potential and developing them into world beaters.

Its record speaks for itself.
The likes of Christian Pulisic and Ousmane Dembélé have all, at different stages, walked through Dortmund’s halls and gone on to play at the very highest level, making the club a handsome profit in return.


On the ball together: Porsche and Borussia Mönchengladbach New Youth Development Programme partnership

Stuttgart . Porsche AG will partner Borussia Mönchengladbach in the youth development sector from the beginning of the 2020/2021 Bundesliga season. The sports car manufacturer is therefore systematically expanding its commitment in junior football. At Borussia Mönchengladbach, Porsche will sponsor the young footballers and will lend its name to the renowned so-called “Fohlenstall” (“Foal Stables” in allusion to the club’s nickname) academy. Over and above this, the Porsche Youth Development Programme going by the name of “Turbo for Talents” will be displayed on the perimeter boards at the top tier club’s home games

We’re used to hearing that results are everything in football, which is why last season looked so grim for Sunderland’s Academy.

Their Under-23s drew one and lost 16 of their 17 matches in Premier League 2 Division 2, while the ledger was even worse for the U18s: played 16, lost 16.

Such tallies are unprecedented in modern elite youth competitions and have inevitably clouded commentary about Paul Reid’s two-and-a-bit years as Academy Manager of the club.

A host of young hopefuls from the Capital academies will study at the institution as part of the pilot

Hearts and Hibernian have signed an agreement with Edinburgh Napier University to provide some of their brightest prospects with a university qualification alongside their footballing education.

As part of a new part-time programme, academy stars from the Capital duo – as well as a handful of youngsters from the youth setups at Celtic and Rangers – will develop important academic and business-related skills in an elite sport context.


The Red Bull Academy is a cutting-edge training facility in Salzburg’s Liefering neighbourhood. We went behind closed doors at the football talent factory that’s already showing unparalleled results.ainty caused by the expansion of the pandemic Coronavirus it has especially affected non-professional football. Everyone who is neither First neither Second division. From Second Division B down there is no return date for the competition at this time. Both the Spanish Federation and the Madrid Federation are working on an action protocol that guarantees the safety of all athletes who play football.

The uncertainty caused by the expansion of the pandemic Coronavirus it has especially affected non-professional football. Everyone who is neither First neither Second division. From Second Division B down there is no return date for the competition at this time. Both the Spanish Federation and the Madrid Federation are working on an action protocol that guarantees the safety of all athletes who play football.

Manchester City have confirmed the management structure for our Elite Development Squad and Under 18s ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.

Enzo Maresca has been appointed as manager of our EDS group in succession to Paul Harsley following the expiry of his contract.

The 40-year-old Italian enjoyed a highly successful near 20-year playing career, representing a host of Clubs including Juventus, with whom he won both Serie A and the Italian Super Cup, and Sevilla where Maresca was part of the Spanish side that won five major honours including two UEFA Cups and the Copa del Rey.

Manchester United’s Academy have pulled out all the stops to return to training at the club’s Littleton Road facilities in Salford.

A great effort has taken place to enable the youngsters to prepare for the 2020/21 season, in safe and secure conditions, with the friendly campaign already under way.

Two large marquees have been set up at the venue, close to The Cliff, and staff are working around the clock to ensure each individual is cared for in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Neil Bath and Sam Page tell Goal how the staff at Cobham managed to transform the Blues into a world leader at under-age level

For over a decade, the staff at Chelsea’s academy knew that the work they were doing was ground-breaking but they nonetheless had a weak defence against criticism over the lack of homegrown talents in the first team.

With exciting young talents such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek struggling to break into the senior squad, the Blues were accused of merely stockpiling promising players in order to sell them on at a later date for a healthy profit.

In December last year, Manchester United celebrated an impressive milestone.

Its game against Everton was the 4,000th match in succession where at least one former youth team player was named in the first team or matchday squad.

Since the run began, in 1937, the likes of Duncan Edwards, Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham have progressed from United’s famed academy.

Passing accuracy and “vision” are critical skills demanded by the world’s top coaches and showcased by the world’s best players.

This is evidenced by the names and teams on a top-10 list of the most accurate, high-volume passers from Europe’s top-five leagues since the start of the 2017/18, with a minimum 70 matches played and 3,000 passes attempted (midfielders and forwards only).

CHELSEA released a throwback image of Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount together as youngsters.

The picture was taken as the Blues’ Cobham training ground in 2010, when the pair were both 11.

England international Mount has been a top prospect at Chelsea since he was six and finally broke into the first-team this season.

UE Cornella has established itself as a feeder club for Barcelona’s La Masia academy and they are getting closer to promotion to Spain’s second tier for the first time

Ask your average football fan how many clubs there are in Barcelona and they will probably say two; Barcelona and Espanyol. Ask any Catalonian, however, and they will more likely say three.

While Lionel Messi’s Blaugrana have stagnated in La Liga this season, and Espanyol plunged back into La Segunda after 26 years, there is a third team – UE Cornella – on the rise.

No player under the age of 19 will be let go by the Red Devils due to the unique circumstances brought about by Covid-19

Manchester United academy chief Nick Cox believes young people have “never faced such a difficult time” and underlined the club’s duty of care in helping players cope with the impact of coronavirus.

While the club’s first team prepare to jet off to Germany for the Europa League on the back of their third-placed Premier League finish, life is more uncertain and unsettling for those trying to progress through the ranks.

Wolves under-23s will drop into Premier League 2 Division 2 after the Academy Games Programme was concluded via Points Per Game.

Following the curtailment of the Academy Games Programme for 2019/20, clubs agreed to determine the final standings using a Points Per Game system.

It means Wolves finish 12th in PL2 Division 1 on an overall point total of 13.4 points, with Southampton clear by more than four points in 11th.    

Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjær have set a new precedent for promoting youth talent.

The club finished third in the Premier League this season, only the second time that the top-three spots have been open to them after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. What is remarkable here is that they did this with an largely youthful team and often their lineups consisted of fresh legs.

This is rendered further impressive when one reckons the number of academy graduates of their famed youth set-up who have played a vital role all season.

Huddersfield Town’s Academy players continue to work hard individual and in small groups ahead of the new season.

Due to specific COVID-19 restrictions, the players are still only able to work in small groups of five with one coach.

Mason Greenwood, Brandon Williams and Scott McTominay are the more recent Man Utd players to have been promoted from the academy.

Manchester United value the character and personality of players just as much as their ability.

That is according to the club’s managing director Richard Arnold, who has opened up on how United select and develop academy players.

The likes of Brandon Williams and Scott McTominay are recent examples of players whose work ethic and attitude has impressed United coaching staff and led to first team call-ups from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

THEY were born with great expectations.

Offspring of legends like Zinedine Zidane and Patrick Kluivert are looking to make their own way in the footballing world while dealing with the pressure of their iconic surnames.

Sport Scientist Dr Bahdur offers a sport scientist’s insight into the La Liga club’s operations and the underlying psychological impact

The curtains closed on La Liga over this past weekend. Villarreal ended the season in style with a 4-0 win over Eibar that saw Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa score off a Santi Cazorla assist.

The match was the final one for Cazorla and team captain Bruno Soriano. Anguissa’s future is yet to be decided, with the midfielder on loan from Fulham. The Yellow Submarines were one of the in-form teams post-lockdown, and seven wins in 11 matches saw them return to European football for the 2020/2021 season.

In South America, the world’s longest mountain range stretches 7,000 kilometres from the very bottom tip of Argentina in the south to the Caribbean coast of Venezuela in the north. When one thinks of the peculiarities the continent’s topography has thrown up in football, it is the stories of giant killings in Bolivia’s Estadio Hernando Siles, in La Paz, that first come to mind. At 3,637 metres above sea level, the hosts have a natural ally in the altitude they are acclimatised to but that plays havoc with the preparation of their visitors. 

Manchester United’s Under-23s and Under-18s squads have resumed training this week.

Due to the first-team ‘bubble’ at the Aon Training Complex, the club is making the most of our other facilities at Littleton Road and The Cliff, after a great effort from the staff to ensure a timely, and safe, return to work.

The Reds are one of the first Academies to restart after the coronavirus pandemic that interrupted the campaign, reacting well in testing and unprecedented circumstances.


Normally the FC Bayern Campus is teeming with players, coaches and staff. Then came coronavirus – and quiet set in at the academy. Only four players continued to reside there during the whole period. Here they tell us how they spent those weeks, from training and cooking to unusual ways of filling the time.

Anyone who’s young and has the time can be found on TikTok nowadays. What’s TikTok? It’s the hottest social media app right now, a platform full of funny, short videos, where Leon Dajaku has also recently been playing around. He uploaded over 20 clips from the end of March to the end of April, showing him dancing and lip-synching, playing pranks and sketches. 

In March the UK went into lockdown and football was stopped. The coronavirus pandemic had spent the early months of 2020 crawling its way around the world, and as terraces fell silent, there was a very real fear that the country could be overrun by the virus.

Months on, we have all lived the same collective trauma of not being able to see loved ones, and of roll calls of the dead being announced on the nightly news. Through most of this, our lifeblood – football – has not been there to comfort us.

Academy football is facing a huge crisis in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Clubs are finally preparing for their youth teams to return to training later this month – most are back on Monday July 27 – after finally being given their own separate training protocols and risk assessment programmes similar to Premier League level.

LEEDS UNITED have been awarded Category One Academy status on what has been described as a “landmark day” for the club.

The news follows announcements earlier in the week from Burnley and Crystal Palace, who have both also been elevated to the top tier, meaning there are now 27 Cat 1 clubs.

Leeds have been Cat 2 since the introduction of the EPPP system in 2012 and last year Sporting Director Victor Orta told the TGG Podcast how important it was for the club to go Cat 1.

Real Madrid have often made plenty of money from selling their academy graduates, but especially in recent years.

In fact, each of the top five transfer fees received for La Fabrica products in the club’s history have come in the last four years.

They are Alvaro Morata, Marcos Llorente, Jese Rodriguez, Raul de Tomas and now, after recently completing a move to Inter, Achraf Hakimi.

Morata became the most expensive Real Madrid academy graduate in the club’s history when he was sold to Chelsea for 66 million euros in 2017.

Crystal Palace’s Academy has officially been awarded Category One status by the Premier League

Crystal Palace
have been looking to stamp their mark since making their arrival to the Premier League in 2013.

The redevelopment of Selhurst Park had been at the forefront of Steve Parish‘s mind for a number of seasons. However, due to Palace’s prestigious history of developing local talent, enhancing one of their most valuable assets, the academy, had, in recent years, been a top priority.


Chelsea football club has launched a sports nutrition app that draws up meal plans using supplements, energy boosters and bars trialled by its Premier League stars.

The app, called Blue Fuel, is the first is what is expected to be a series of commercial spin outs from its new Chelsea Digital Ventures arm.

It was developed with Stamford Bridge nutritionists and experts and was tested on the first men’s team, older academy players, and women’s teams.

It has been almost four months since Manchester United won at Everton in the Under-18 Premier League in what proved to be the final fixture of the Academy games programme.

THE Premier League will not restart the Academy games programme until 12th September at the earliest following a vote of shareholders last week – and no date has yet been set for a return to training.

It has been almost four months since Manchester United won at Everton in the Under-18 Premier League in what proved to be the final fixture of the Academy games programme.

Renovation work will now commence on the building interiors, creating new classrooms for the 220 young players and office space for staff. A state of the art gym facility will also be prioritised in the coming months, whilst cladding the original pavilion building, and the creation of a new terrace is planned for later in the summer.

Pitch enhancements have also begun, and a contractor has been appointed for the covered pitch, with works due to begin in August.

FORMER Celtic scouting chief John Park has urged the SFA to act quickly to prevent a generation of young Scottish players being thrown onto the scrapheap.

Hibernian are one side with a pedigree for producing young players who have announced they are to mothball their academy during the coronavirus crisis.

SunSport told you earlier this month about fears over Scotland’s reserve and academy game.

Promoters of the Barca Academy in Nigeria, the Blaugrana Group International, have explained that they decided to build world-class training facilities in the country to give their students the same type of structures available to youth footballers in Barcelona.

The academy in Lagos is modeled after the parent club’s facilities in Barcelona and according to the Blaugrana Group, the essence is to ensure that players produced in Nigeria meet the standard set by the Spanish club.

Speaking while inspecting work on the academy’s facilit

June 19 – Italian giants Inter Milan have added their 21st international academy project with the launch of the Inter Academy Turkey in local partnership with 3H Sport Okullari, part of Altun Logisitics.

“The project will provide important support to the development of young local football players and coaches in the country… Turkish children and young people will have the chance to train according to the high technical and ethical standards synonymous with Inter while remaining in their own countries – the perfect place for them to develop as both footballers and human beings,” said an Inter press release.

Even at a young age of 22, Chennaiyin FC’s Anirudh Thapa has established himself as one of the best midfielders in India, with consistent performances for both club and country.

A lot of credit for Thapa’s rise in stature over the years lies with the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) Elite Academy which identified his talent and gave him an opportunity to fulfill it. Thapa was also sent on a three-month long training stint to Ligue 1 side FC Metz which he feels has been highly beneficial in his growth.

HOW do you judge the success of an Academy?

Nick Cox, who oversees Manchester United’s, admits: “The most obvious measure is helping young people to make debuts and have successful careers as footballers.”

On that marker, United are doing exceptionally well. Homegrown players like Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe, Paul Pogba, Brandon Williams and Jesse Lingard are all regulars in the first team.