Melbourne Victory Football Club is an Australian professional soccer club based in Melbourne, Victoria. Competing in the country’s premier competition, the A-League, under license from Australian Professional Leagues (APL).
Melbourne Victory FC Youth Development System
Launched in 2010, Club Victory engages junior clubs throughout metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria to provide new opportunities for young footballers to grow their love of the game.
The program provides opportunities to access Melbourne Victory’s players, coaches and staff, as well as unique match day experiences, invitations to Club Victory tournaments, and access to a community clubs forum.
Reaching over 16,000 junior footballers each year, Club Victory gives each member club a unique opportunity to engage directly with Melbourne Victory, and young players the opportunity to experience football the Melbourne Victory way.
Benefits of the program include:
- Player appearances and exclusive communications
- Signed merchandise
- Exclusive Melbourne Victory event invitations
- Community events
- Family days
- Club visits
- Match day opportunities
The integration of junior players from all backgrounds and abilities helps to galvanise participants as part of the Melbourne Victory family, with a real focus on participation and enjoyment – no matter how little or how much experience the participants may have.
Melbourne Football Clinics
Melbourne Victory Masterclass, the Club’s junior football program, provides exclusive access to Victory’s staff and players.
The Masterclass experience is catered for 6-14 year-olds and aims to inspire the stars of the future.
Melbourne Victory Masterclass includes:
- One day of football, built by our senior coaching staff
- Learning and developing football skills
- A Melbourne Victory footballing experience
- A Masterclass top
All one-day Masterclasses take place at Ron Barassi Snr Park, Docklands, VIC 3008.
To see upcoming dates, please click here.
Victory for Schools
Melbourne Victory delivers the Victory for Schools football program to primary schools throughout Victoria. Victory for Schools is a fun, engaging, football (soccer) program, which encourages participation and skill development for young people. The program provides a positive Melbourne Victory experience and is delivered by Melbourne Victory Community football coaches who have been trained and endorsed by the club.
A key school program that Melbourne Victory deliver is through Sporting Schools. Sporting Schools is an Australian Government initiative designed to help schools increase children’s participation in sport. Schools who apply for and receive funding for a football program can book a Melbourne Victory football program through the Sporting Schools website.
Melbourne Victory also deliver an annual Teacher PD day, where teachers can come and engage with Melbourne Victory Community coaches and gain insights into football program delivery. Together with Football Federation Australia, Melbourne Victory has also developed Football Fever, which is a free educational football themed resource which can be integrated into the Australian curriculum.
For more information on the Melbourne Victory school programs, please contact [email protected] or call the Melbourne Victory office on 03 8656 0700.
School Sport Victoria
Melbourne Victory and School Sport Victoria are focused on developing grassroots football and supporting the growth of the game throughout Victorian schools.
School Sport Victoria provides regular sporting opportunities to over 74 per cent of Victorian school students. They currently operate in 2300 schools, engaging 550,000 students in government, catholic and independent schools.
Melbourne Victory and School Sport Victoria have developed a strong partnership for primary and secondary school football competitions.
This key partnership has seen the creation of the Victory Cup for primary schools competition and the Victory Cup for secondary schools competition.
Melbourne Victory and School Sport Victoria have also introduced the Premier League competition for senior secondary school students
Melbourne Victory SEDA College
Are you interested in completing Years 11 and 12 while immersed in the football, sport and recreation industries? If so, SEDA College could be a great option for you. Through the Melbourne Victory Sports Development Program you can connect your senior secondary education with an elite sporting club.
The Melbourne Victory Sports Development Program at SEDA College aims to bring out the best in you.
You will learn from and work with staff at Melbourne Victory and complete Years 11 and 12 while studying a curriculum linked to your interest. Through game day experiences and major events, you will gain an understanding of what it is like to work across different roles in the football industry.
You will create connections and networks that provide the opportunity for a variety of pathways including employment within the football and/or the sport and recreation industry, as well as the option for further study.
Opportunities and learning experiences
The Melbourne Victory Sports Development Program allows involvement in a range of participation programs and events including:
- Match day assistance at Melbourne Victory home games
- Coaching and officiating at Melbourne Victory clinics
- Delivery of the Melbourne Victory Masterclass
- Observing Melbourne Victory Training Sessions
- Gain your MiniRoos Certificate coaching qualification
The Melbourne Victory team
The Melbourne Victory Sports Development Program (SDP) teachers are experienced industry professionals with a passion for football and education. They bring their combined experience together to create a dynamic and engaging curriculum.
By attending the Melbourne Victory SDP you will also connect with Melbourne Victory staff in roles including management, marketing, administration, events and gain access to Melbourne Victory players and coaches.
To find out more, visit the website and begin your hands-on education journey.
Melbourne Victory’s Sport & Business Program
Melbourne Victory’s Sport & Business Program, powered by SEDA, is designed to give you the opportunity to study in a practical, hands-on learning environment, and gain real experience in the sports industry working alongside Melbourne Victory FC.
The one year, dual-Diploma program develops skills and knowledge across a variety of areas including sponsorship and fundraising, project and event management, talent identification, social media and marketing. You will connect and learn from sports industry experts, coaches and elite athletes. You will also gain insight into the business elements involved in a large elite sporting organisation.
You will have the opportunity to study a curriculum matched to your interests, complete a practical placement, run projects, and participate in football specific high-performance activities, designed to further develop your skills and experience. To learn more about this program and how to apply, please click here.
At the time of this writing, there is no official academy trial information for Melbourne Victory Football Club. Please come back at a later date while we monitor this club or click here to visit their official academy news section.
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Victory has won four A-League Championships, three A-League Premierships, one Pre-Season Challenge Cup, and one FFA Cup, making it the only club in the modern era of Australian soccer to have won all four domestic trophies. Victory is also recognized as the club with the most supporters and is currently the second most successful club in the league to date.
In addition, they have participated in the AFC Champions League on seven separate occasions, the most recent of which was in the year 2020. Their best performance in the competition came in the 2016 and 2020 seasons, when they advanced to the Round of 16 before being eliminated. This was their furthest ranking in the tournament.
The Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, which is currently known as AAMI Park due to sponsorship reasons, is the club’s home venue. It is a stadium with 30,050 seats and is located on Olympic Boulevard in the middle of Melbourne’s city center. In the past, home games for the Victory have been played at a variety of venues located in and around Melbourne, such as Olympic Park Stadium, Docklands Stadium, and Kardinia Park.
The primary headquarters of Victory can be found in the city proper, despite the fact that the organization enjoys support across the entirety of the Melbourne metropolitan area and in other communities around the state. The name “Northern Terrace” refers to the most prominent faction of Victory’s fanbase.
The club’s rivalries include the Melbourne Derby, which is played against Melbourne City; The Big Blue, which is played against Sydney; the Original Rivalry, which is played against Adelaide United; and the Westgate Derby or the Battle of the Bridge, which is played against Western United. Archie Thompson has a total of 97 goals to his name in all competitions, making him the all-time leading goal scorer for this club. With 405 appearances for the Victory, Leigh Broxham holds the record for the most matches played by a player for the club.