Fulham Football Club is an English professional association football club based in Fulham, London. They currently compete in the Premier League, the highest level of the English football league system.
Fulham FC Youth Development System
Fulham FC Academy
Fulham is proud of its long history of playing a part in developing young people and players for the Club’s First Team, the professional game, and many other industries both in and away from sport.
Just some of those who have come through our system include; Johnny Haynes, George Cohen, Paul Parker, Sean Davis, Moussa Dembélé, Marcus Bettinelli, Ryan & Steven Sessegnon and Harvey Elliott, to name a few.
It’s a philosophy which the current Fulham Academy is proudly carrying on today, with 40 players – and counting – having made their senior debuts since the start of the 2011/12 season.
In July 2012, the Club announced that the Academy had been awarded Category One status under the new Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP), something that it has retained ever since. The Academy is central to the Club’s current and future plans, as was evidenced by the significant redevelopment of our Motspur Park Training Ground in the summer of 2016, to keep the facilities in line with the best.
A rigorous scouting programme means the Academy boasts a blend of local, regional and international talent, with a number of the boys representing their respective nations across their various age groups.
The Academy is very focused on individual development within a high-performance environment. This is complimented by a closer, more personal culture.
All players, from the younger Foundation Phase up to the Under-23s, live and train by the Academy values, known as the 3 Hs; Honesty, Humility, Hard Work.
Fulham FC Tryouts
How does recruitment work at Fulham Football Academy?
The Academy has a network of scouts dedicated to the Club on a local, national and international basis. They regularly watch games and identify players from Under-7s to Under-18s. When a scout highlights a prospective player to the Recruitment Department, it is then taken through an expansive process to see whether there is potential for the recommendation to proceed.
Does the club run open trials, and how do I get a trial?
We hold open trials, these are age specific and on a sporadic basis. All information will be distributed online and within the area of selection. We are continually observing players at their local clubs or schools before inviting them for a training period.
If you wish to forward a playing CV to the academy, please include a fixture list with kick-off times and venues for your team.
In addition to the fixture information, we will need to know about your football background, including information such as; date of birth, playing position, clubs previously played for and any representative achievements.
Please supply any letters of reference and/or recommendation which will help support an application. We are only able to trial players who hold an EU passport, or who have ‘leave to remain’ documentation.
How do I know if a scout has been to watch me?
Our scouts are generally not in FFC apparel so you may be unaware of the presence of a scout. We feel that this avoids affecting the player’s game to ensure that no additional unnecessary pressure is placed upon the players. You will only know if we have been at the game when we make contact via your current club – we will always approach your coach or manager before making contact with a player’s parents.
What are we looking for?
We understand that players come in all different varieties with a mixture of strengths and weaknesses. We take into account a player’s technical, tactical, physical, psychological and social attributes, as well as looking at relative age effect and maturation rates. We also have to compare with our current player cohort in the Academy to assess whether a target player has the potential to be better than the players we already have registered. Character is a very big facet in terms of what the Academy recruitment department look for. This will be observed before, throughout and after the fixture in which the scout has attended.
I keep contacting clubs, but never seem to get invited in. What can I do to get scouted?
Football is a competitive profession in which to ‘make it’ and there is a huge amount of players that wish to be seen.
Some people are noticed early on, and others develop later, so keep working hard, and keep emailing clubs at a variety of levels.
The higher the level you are currently playing at, the more likely you are to be noticed, and so even if you don’t get a trial at Fulham Football Club, look to move up the leagues at whatever level you can. Don’t lose heart, and however far you get, do it for the enjoyment of the game – professional recognition is an obvious bonus, but a love of the game will give you satisfaction whatever the outcome!
Please email your information to [email protected] Please remember we get hundreds of trial applications each week, so are not able to respond to emails.
Fulham FC Academy Graduates
Fulham is proud of the number of players who have come through our Academy to make their First Team debut. Below is a comprehensive list of Academy graduates from our recent history, and details of their senior debut.
To see a full list of graduates from the academy, please click here.
Fulham FC Academy News
For the latest official news, please click here.
Fulham FC Foundation
Fulham Football Club Foundation was formed in 2002 with the aim of building better lives through sport.
Fulham FC Soccer Schools
Fulham FC Foundation soccer schools provide various programs in the community. These programs include, holiday camps, weekly clubs, performance, school clubs, female football, disability specific, and adult health.
To see a list of upcoming events, please click here.
Fulham FC Player Pathways
We harness the talent of young people and support them on and off the pitch, so that they can make the most of future opportunities.
Our Player Pathway programme is a football development programme for talented and promising players. The programme aims to develop a player’s technical and tactical knowledge and understanding of the game through top level coaching.
The Player Pathway programme places a large emphasis on the holistic development of the young people engaged, ensuring that character and personality are developed throughout the player’s journey with us.
Open to both boys and girls (we also host a Girls Development Centre) from ages 6 to 16.
For more information and to get involved, please contact Ed Turnbull, Football Development and Education Officer, [email protected]
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Between the years 1879 and 1896, when Fulham finally had a venue to call their own, they played at a number of different stadiums. Only some of these stadiums were recorded, therefore this list should not be considered a full or complete list of the stadiums at which they played. Queens Park Rangers, their archrivals and previous landlords, have played at more home venues than any other team.
There is a good chance that some of the early sites that are described below were parks and parkland, but those areas have since been developed. Even when the club bought Craven Cottage and the area around it in 1894, they were required to wait another two years before they were allowed to play a game at the new location.
Shahid Khan is the current owner of Fulham Football Club. On July 12, 2013, Khan finalised the purchase of the club from Mohamed Al-Fayed for a price that was rumored to be between 150 and 200 million pounds. During the time that Al-Fayed owned Fulham, the club received a total of £187 million in interest-free loans from Al-Fayed.
Al-Fayed stated in March 2011 that he will “continue to make cash available to fulfill our aims both on and off the pitch” and that “the sustained success of Fulham and its eventual financial self-sustainability is my priority.” In March 2011, Fulham reported annual losses of £16.9 million. Due to Al-conversion Fayed’s of the debts into stock in the club, Fulham had essentially no debt as of January 2013, when the month began.