Fußballclub Union Berlin e. V., commonly known as 1. FC Union Berlin, is a professional German association football club based in Köpenick, Berlin, Germany. The club competes in the Bundesliga, the top flight of German football.
FC Union Berlin Youth Development System
FC Union Berlin Academy
From the U8 to the U19, 11 teams play in the youth department of 1. FC Union Berlin eV
As a licensed club, we have been running a youth performance center according to the guidelines of the German Football League (DFL) since June 2002 with the aim of providing optimal development conditions for the young footballers to accomplish.
The athletic training takes place in accordance with the binding training concept based on the long-term, age-appropriate performance build-up. Clear learning goals related to the respective development phases are formulated for all age groups.
The trainee training, which traditionally has a very high priority in the association, has grown considerably longer in terms of its structures and has worked with important partners, e. B. in the football cooperative Berlin and through club partnerships, excellently networked. A large number of our players attend the Flatow High School from the 7th grade onwards. As an elite school of sports and an elite school of football, the Flatow Oberschule is ideally suited to the requirements of competitive sports training and, in addition to football training, enables optimal academic support for our players.
In addition to comprehensive medical care, in particular through the cooperation with the Unfall-Krankenhaus Berlin, the club offers its players the opportunity to do homework and take tutoring or remedial lessons in the specially set up learning center.
We want to enable as many young footballers as possible to become licensed players. Knowing about the possibilities and dangers, we pay attention to the dual path of competitive sport and school.
We cordially invite you to visit the games of our youth teams.
FC Union Berlin Training Concepts
HOW TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER
- outstanding strengths in 1 against 1
- excellent technical skill level
- high tactical flexibility
- very good decision-making skills paired with very high speed of action
- high physical and psychological stress tolerance.
In order to have these skills developed to the highest degree for entry into men’s football, we divide the training of our players into four phases.
In the children’s football of the E and F juniors, general sporting and basic football content is trained in a playful, age-appropriate way. “Short legs – short distances” is the guiding principle for all forms of play. The goal is within easy reach for the children, because scoring goals and preventing goals is and will remain the number one basic rule in football life. One on one is at the center of training and matches. We provide the freedom to try out and try again in these age groups!
In the transition to youth football, the D and C juniors train. In the so-called advanced training there is a high specialization of the technical skill level. The transition to the large soccer field takes place. The principle of our training in this age group is: ´By “playing” a unit of technique – tactics – stamina is conveyed.`. For further training, the following applies increasingly and permanently: “Possession of the ball is the greatest good!”.
Our core element, the one against one, is conveyed in a targeted manner. Learn, coach on the defensive – decide and enforce on the offensive!
Position specialization, increased training of conditional skills, in-depth tactical training – and a lot more follows in the age group of the A and B juniors, the performance training. The competitive performance of each individual is increasingly becoming the focus and contributes to the successful team result. Training measures are increasingly individually tailored and accompanied.
In close coordination with the first team, we enable our top talents to enter the licensing area.
Our training concept is based on long-term, age-appropriate performance development. We know that victories and defeats accompany every footballer, that competitive sports training creates the basis for many paths in life and that football can inspire people for a lifetime.
FC Union Berlin Academy Recruitment & Trials
Large field area (U19 to U14)
Invitations to a trial training in the large field area are only given sporadically, for example in the event of a position-specific requirement and special athletic suitability. Particularly athletic aptitude is given if the player takes part in a match in a higher league or in selection measures or is assessed by our scouts / trainers as being exceptionally talented.
Small field area (U13 to U8)
In addition to the chance of being recommended for trial training through competitive performance, there is another access route for talented young footballers to take part in open viewing measures at the young talent center (e.g. talent days).
The Union Talent Days (U13 to U10) and other viewing measures (U9 / U8) take place twice a year (autumn and spring). Registration for this takes place via the contact form and is only possible once the respective dates have been set. The exact dates will be published on this page in good time.
Important! By registering, the players undertake to inform their current club of their participation. This is a requirement for registration.
Please send inquiries about other years toe-mail to our junior scouting department.
To fill out trial application form, please click here.
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FC Union Berlin History
After the city and the country were reunified in 1990, Union moved its headquarters from East Berlin, where it had been located throughout the Cold War, to West Berlin, where it is now a member of the common German league organization.
The home stadium, known as the Stadion An der Alten Forsterei (Stadium by the Old Forester’s House), is the single-purpose football stadium in the German capital that holds the most spectators. Since its opening in 1920, it has served as the headquarters for Union Berlin and the companies that came before it. As a result of concerts and events such as the annual Weihnachtssingen (Christmas Carols Event) and the WM-Wohnzimmer (World Cup Living Room) in 2014, the stadium gained widespread recognition on an international scale.
The football stadium known as Stadion An der Alten Forsterei is located in Kopenick and is the largest single-purpose football stadium in the city of Berlin, Germany. The stadium’s English name translates to “Stadium at the old forester’s house.” Since its founding in 1920, it has served as the headquarters of the football club known as 1. FC Union Berlin as well as its predecessors.
The stadium’s seating capacity had its most recent renovation in 2009, and expansion work was completed in 2013. Over 2,300 people who support Union Berlin lent a hand with various aspects of the redevelopment effort by volunteering their services. The stadium has a capacity of 22,012 people for when league matches are being played there. While the majority of the stadium is made up of terracing, there are 3,617 seats available to the public.