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“It’s obviously a challenging time for them. They’re still doing their schoolwork, and the year after they have their GCSEs,” Paul Konchesky says of the Under-15 footballers he is currently working to inspire.

“To try and weigh it up, school’s really important for a young boy, but they also just want to play football too! We try to make it as fun as possible when they come into the building.



Led by youth academies like Benfica’s, a country of 10 million people wastes no talent

The view from any office at Benfica’s practice facility here is of full-size, carefully manicured soccer fields in all directions. The club adds more of them any time it gets the chance, as if it were building a golf course one hole at a time.

But staring out at an expanse of 10 pitches here, the director of Benfica’s youth academy shakes his head. It’s still not enough.


Neil Dewsnip will take responsibility for the academy as part of his role as director of football.

Simon Hallett has highlighted improving the production line of young players from Plymouth Argyle’s academy into first team football as one of the main tasks for the club’s director of football, Neil Dewsnip.

The Pilgrims’ owner and chairman believes that will not only benefit the first team, it will provide a steady stream of transfer revenue for the club too.

Former Hearts star Neil MacFarlane is manager of Brentford B and believes the way the club has changed is the way forward.

Neil MacFarlane started his career in the last 
bastion of football 
amateurism and 
establishment tradition at Queen’s Park.

Two decades on, he couldn’t be closer to the polar opposite end of the spectrum at Brentford.


Whenever anyone talks about Chelsea’s academy, they tend to refer to the playing talent coming through the ranks. What people seem to ignore is it provides a rich production line of coaching talent too.

Real Madrid and Barcelona were united by their teenage prodigies last weekend.

Los Blancos via their brilliant 19-year-old Brazilian, Vinicius Junior, who drew three spellbound Atletico Madrid opponents toward him before releasing a magical pass so that Ferland Mendy could feed Karim Benzema for the winning goal. Barca, Spain’s reigning (but soon to be deposed) champions, offered prayers of thanks to 17-year-old Ansu Fati, whose rampant precocity continues to set new Camp Nou, La Liga and Champions League records.


The Institut National du Football de Clairefontaine, a football academy located in Northern France, is setting the standard for youth programs across the globe.

INF Clairefontaine’s model is simple: focus on the individual player’s development, and this will ultimately lead to the benefit of the collective team.

Ex-Town forward on the club achieving Category Two status

Luton Town’s bid to upgrade their Academy status from EPPP level Three to Two will allow the next crop of Hatters youngsters to develop even quicker according to head of academy coaching and professional player development Adrian Forbes.

JOSE ANTONIO REYES’ son scored four goals and scooped the MVP award to help Real Madrid win the final of the La Liga Promises international tournament.

Six months after his father lost his life in a car accident in his homeland in June, the 12-year-old featured in a match between two of his former clubs.

Millions dream of becoming a professional but here’s what Liverpool look for in players. 

It is the dream  of millions – to become a professional footballer.

But what is it clubs like Liverpool look for when bringing in any new youth  players?

The fourth and final part of James Pearce’s exclusive interview with Liverpool Academy director Alex Inglethorpe.

There’s a giant magnetic board on the wall in Alex Inglethorpe’s office which includes a counter for every player on the books at the Liverpool Academy.

EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool’s Academy director Alex Inglethorpe sat down for a chat with James Pearce.

Alex Inglethorpe can see the giant steel structure taking shape from his office window.

Liverpool’s Academy director recently took a stroll with Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon around what will be the club’s new £50million training complex.

I’m sitting with Co Founder of APFCBernat Franquesa. His program includes camps, training and private lessons, player video analysis, cognitive virtual reality, European tours, consulting for youth clubs/academies and courses for coaches. Full disclaimer: I have known and spent time on the pitch with Bernat for the past 3 years. His vision is clear and his program allows youth players from all ages to learn the game from a Catalan perspective. “APFC” stands for Albert Puig Football Concepts.

LISBON — The way they tell the story at Sporting Lisbon, they did not even have to watch Cristiano Ronaldo play to know he was special. Seeing him with a ball at his feet, the quiet, skinny 12-year-old’s every effortless touch proof of his masterly control, was enough.

Pretty much everyone at Sporting knows the tale, which is now part of the club’s folklore; pretty much everyone tells it in the same way, with a cadence and cast of characters seemingly straight out of the Nativity. It even features three wise men.

Some of the best players in the world have honed their skills at Portugal’s biggest club, educated in the four pillars of Benfica’s modus operandi,

Bernardo Silva, Joao Felix, Ederson, Andre Gomes, Fabio Coentrao, Nelson Semedo, Nemanja Matic, Renato Sanchez, Ramires, Axel Witsel, Rodrigo, Lazar Markovic, Enzo Perez, Victor Lindelof, Goncalo Guedes, Jan Oblak, David Luiz, Angel di Maria, Nico Gaitan, Ivan Cavaleiro, Nelson Oliveira and Joao Cancelo.

The Real Madrid midfielder gave an interview to Libero and spoke about the values he learned at the club’s academy and what it’s like to pull on the white shirt.

Casemiro has given an interview to Libero magazine about playing for Real Madrid Castilla and representing the club. The midfielder says playing for the club is the dream of any footballer.

The Real Madrid midfielder gave an interview to Libero and spoke about the values he learned at the club’s academy and what it’s like to pull on the white shirt.

Casemiro has given an interview to Libero magazine about playing for Real Madrid Castilla and representing the club. The midfielder says playing for the club is the dream of any footballer.

From the likes of World Cup heroes Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst to more recent graduates like Declan Rice and Grady Diangana, no shortage of work has gone towards harnessing top talents at the Academy of Football.

Now, driven by the vision of Academy Manager Ricky Martin, the operations at Chadwell Heath are all-encompassing as staff work to provide a platform for the next generation of Claret and Blue heroes.

Phil Foden has almost been too good for his own good at Manchester City.

So talented was he that Pep Guardiola quickly decided the youngster would be going nowhere under his watch. Having not played up the age groups in the academy to help his game and slight frame develop, Foden had been parachuted into the first team squad by the summer of 2017.

HE now gets stopped in the street by people saying ‘Oh my days’.

But it’s the long nights Jeremie Frimpong thinks back on.

The three buses to get to training at Manchester City’s academy. The hours standing shivering in the cold, wind and rain while he watched his team-mates being picked up.


Manchester United’s commitment to developing our own players – a tradition that would gift the likes of Best, Charlton, Edwards, Giggs and Scholes to the beautiful game – can be traced back to the 1930s, when club chairman James Gibson was the driving force.

Manchester United named an academy graduate in their matchday squad yesterday for the 4000th consecutive game.

Undoubtedly viewed as one of the most successful and prestigious football academies in world football, we take a look at which other clubs occupy a similar position, and continue to produce elite-level talent year after year. 

Here are the top 10 academies in world football.

Scott McTominay has revealed that he doesn’t like the rule that means youth players at Manchester United must wear black boots, but admitted that the rule is the reason for the academy’s success.

Nicky Butt has a unique way of explaining the role of Manchester United’s academy when it comes to turning a young footballer into, hopefully, one of the best in the world.

Man United celebrate 4,000 consecutive games with a youth teamer in a matchday squad this week and the MEN spoke to academy head Nick Cox.

Winners of five out of the last six Primeira Liga titles and mainstays in the Champions League, SL Benfica is Portugal’s most dominant and resonant team. But how it achieves and sustains that success is what makes the club uniquely proficient in its quest to maintain its status in the top flight of European and world soccer.

The academy of Barcelona has produced some of the greatest talents in world football.

On 20th of October this year, La Masia, the very renowned youth academy of FC Barcelona, reached 40 years since its foundation back in 1979. It was exactly 40 years ago when the Masia de Can Planes became the first-ever footballing residence in Spain.

Kalam Mooniaruck – Coaching coaches at West Ham United’s Academy of Football…

“Does how we coach lead to how we want to play? Or does how we play dictate how we coach?” 

The Man United striker has been one of several academy graduates to star in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first team this season.

Philip Tallentire spent a day at Boro’s highly-rated Rockliffe Park Academy to find out how the club identify and develop talented young players

Middlesbrough Football Club have a well-deserved reputation for developing their own players.

The club’s Academy is rightly regarded as one of the best in the UK, if not Europe.

Manchester United were lucky to have a bunch of players together in 1992.

It was early 1992. Manchester United had gone 25 years without winning the League title. Their youth team had won the FA Cup that year and those group of footballers, popularly known as Class of ’92, were being compared to Sir Matt Busby’s ‘1950 Busby Babe Youth’.

Perhaps the most interesting part of an interview with Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold this week was his recollections of how tough the club’s coaches were with him when he was trying to make the step from academy player to first-team regular.

The ex-football player, Àlex Delmàs, analyses the importance of teaching, transmitting and maintaining the seal of Barça football

“I kept seeing my friends get released. They had the ability to play in the lower leagues, but they didn’t have an agent, weren’t really connected and they’d fall out of love with football. That’s where the energy to create the app came from.”

Bluebirds want to see more Welsh youngsters given an opportunity in the first team, a more sustainable business model for the club which would also benefit Wales

​One of the greatest legends in ​FC Barcelona‘s history, midfield maestro ​Xavi Hernandez was something special. 

And now, a scouting report on the midfielder from when he was just 14 gives proof of how highly he was rated by Barcelona coaches.


Arsenal’s head of development has discussed how the club is looking at sides like AFC Ajax in its attempt to develop the next generation of players.

It looks as if Arsenal’s academy is currently going through an excellent spell with an impressive crop of young players.

The likes of Joe Willock, Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson, and Bukayo Saka have all come through Hale End at the same time.