Sydney FC Tryouts

Sydney Football Club is an Australian professional soccer club based in Sydney, New South Wales. It competes in the country’s premier competition, the A-League, under license from Australian Professional Leagues (APL).

Sydney FC Youth Development System


Sydney FC has a vision with which it intends to create Australia’s number one junior football academy.

The vision reaches across a number of different elements and incorporates unique aspects and philosophies. Developed by Sydney FC Board Member Han Berger and Technical Director – Youth, Kelly Cross the vision is designed to ensure academy players are given the best environment in which to achieve their goals.

“I am very excited by the challenge of producing the next generation of Sydney FC players. The club’s plans to develop Australia’s leading elite football academy are second to none and I’m looking forward to achieving our goals. Sydney FC will lead the way in providing talented young players with an elite pathway to aspire to become professional footballers, and hopefully future Socceroos.”

Read more about Sydney FC’s Academy Vision.

Sydney FC’s Academy is one of Australia’s leading elite football academies. Sydney FC leads the way in providing talented young players with an elite pathway to aspire to become professional footballers.

AGE GROUP: Boys aged 13 – 21 years old.
ABILITY: Elite Selected Players
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Our Academy is not open to application by the public. Sydney FC works year round with scouting partners and our local associations to identify talent over a series of years prior to the squad selections at under 13.

Academy Selection/Trials
Recruitment for the teams involves a thorough and continuous process, with a network of scouts observing NPL 1 and 2 fixtures since pre-season in February. A database of targeted players is developed, and a large number of identified players are contacted.

It is unlikely that the Sydney FC Academy will have the need to hold any trials.

Expressions of Interest
Please note that if you completed the online expression of interest form, you will only be contacted if our scouts have identified you as a potential Academy player.

If you are are interested in being involved, please register your interest here.


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Sydney FC Junior Pathway

With over 125,000 children playing football across Sydney FC’s community regions, the Sky Blues have a number of established programs for all skills levels and ages.
Encompassing Community, Development and Elite stages, learn more about the various pathways to play football for the Sky Blues.

Sydney FC School Holiday Clinics

Run in Partnership with our association partners our qualified coaches are experts in helping youngsters improve their football skills in a fun, safe environment at our well-organized School Holiday Clinics. Children not only meet new friends, but develop their core skills through game-based activities designed by the Sydney FC coaching staff. It’s a great way to boost your child’s skills and confidence and have fun learning to play the Sky Blue Way. 

AGE GROUP: Boys & girls aged 5 – 13 years old
ABILITY: Open to all abilities and open to all who register.
RUNS: Each School Holiday Period across 15 locations.

For more information click here.

Sydney FC Skills Training Program

Run in partnership with our association partners this well-organized program runs each school term in various locations across Sydney.  The program helps players of all abilities develop their own Four Core Skills to improve their weekly club game. Coaches use a holistic approach to develop these four skills in game situations, which helps players transfer their newly learned techniques to their club matches and better themselves individually.

AGE GROUP: Boys & girls aged 5 -13 years old.
ABILITY: Open to all abilities and open to all who register.
RUNS: Each School Term across 15 locations.

For more information click here.

Skill Acquisition Phase (SAP) Programs

Sydney FC firmly believes the best place for young players between 9-12 years of age to develop their skills on a weekly basis is with their local association or NPL arm. As a result of this, Sydney FC do not run SAP or advanced programs in this age group. For links to our association partners and their SAP programs, please visit here.

Sydney FC Academy Training Program

This year-long program is run as a development program across 40 weeks offering talented players the chance to train once a week in addition to their SAP commitment in one centralised Sydney FC location. It provides these players a chance to train under the Sydney FC Youth philosophy prior to the start of the Academy from 13yrs and up.  This program is run by coaches who work or have worked within the Sydney FC Academy. 

AGE GROUP: 10-13 year old boys & 10-11 year old girls.
ABILITY: Open to those who are currently part of SAP or Development squads at their local association or NPL club. By application and selection only.
RUNS: Year round Term 4 to Term 3, applications open in August each year.

For more information click here.

Sydney FC Academy Schools Network

The Sydney FC Academy  Schools Network commenced operation in 2015 and is fully aligned and coordinated with the vision, philosophy and delivery of the Sydney FC Academy. The program is delivered in combination with a network of high schools and delivered by highly-qualified, Sydney FC Academy-approved coaches in a full time school-year training environment.

AGE GROUP: Year 7-12 (High School Students)
ABILITY:  By application and trial, selection is based on Sydney FC and School opinion, as academic standards may also apply. In general the application and trial process takes place in Term 1 and 2 for students entering Year 7 the following year.  Entry points and trials for students in other years vary based upon availability.
RUNS: Each year – Term 1 to Term 4.

For more information click here.


The Sydney Football Club is the most successful club in the history of association football in Australia. They have won five Championships and four Premierships in the A-League, as well as one FFA Cup and the Oceania Champions League in 2005, before Australia joined the Asian Football Confederation. In addition, they have played in the A-League for the entire history of the sport in Australia.

The team’s managers, Graham Arnold (2014–2018) and Steve Corica (2018–present), are mostly responsible for the recent increase in success inside the premier league, in which the club has become a dominant force and a constant performer.

The club has qualified for the Asian Champions League in six of the seven seasons since 2015, finished in the top two in five of those seasons, played in seven major finals, including five A-League Grand Finals and three FFA Cup Finals, and won seven major trophies. Since 2015, the club has also won seven major trophies.

Allianz Stadium in Moore Park served as the club’s home turf up to the start of the 2018–19 season. Now that stadium has been demolished, Sydney plays its home matches at Jubilee Oval and Leichhardt Oval; the team aims to return to a newly built stadium in Moore Park in 2022.

Jubilee Oval and Leichhardt Oval are both located in Sydney. Sky Park, a brand-new facility for the club’s administration and training, is now under construction in North Ryde and is likewise expected to be finished in the year 2022. Fans of the club come from all around the Sydney Metropolitan Area because, for the first seven years of the club’s existence, it was the only A-League team located in the city. “The Cove” is the name of the primary supporter group for Sydney. The name “The Cove” comes from the name “Sydney Cove,” which was the initial name given to the colonial town of Sydney.

The club’s competitions with Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne Victory, respectively known as the Sydney Derby and The Big Blue, are referred to as “rivalries.” As a result of his 83 goals scored and 267 appearances with the club, Alex Brosque holds the record for most goals scored and most matches played for the organization.