CU Academy FAQs

Got a question about the CU Academy? The below Frequently Asked Questions should answer your queries. If you have further questions that aren't covered in this section please email media@capitalfootball.com.au. 

WHAT IS CU ACADEMY?
The CU Academy represents the Capital Football High Performance Program which, in the absence of a Hyundai A-League team in Canberra, is a key step in aligning with the FFA talented player pathway and Academy structures in other States and Territories. The structure and function of the Academy therefore conforms to expectations outlined in the FFA national technical strategy. The CU Academy caters for players from the ACT and the surrounding region. The model is similar to the FFA COE. 

WHO IS THE CU ACADEMY FOR?
The CU Academy programs are for male players from 10-19 and for female players from 11-17. 

WHAT IS THE TALENT IDENTIFICATION PROCESS?
Talent ID for the CU Academy is conducted in a variety of ways. The process is ongoing and not finite nor limited to any window or period of time. Entry and exit points for the program are also considered open, i.e. a player can enter or exit the program at any time. Talent ID is conducted in six main ways:

1) PS4 NPL Match Scouting (CUA TD, Coach or Talent developer)
2) PS4 NPL Club TD endorsement
3) PS4 NPL Club Coach endorsement
4) Invited into CU Academy short term training environment via external endorsement (parent/former club/association/zone/state program)
5) Open trial or camp
6) Invitation only trial or camp

WHAT IS THE POINT OF DIFFERENCE FOR THE CU ACADEMY?
The CU Academy provides a full-time year round program with highly qualified coaching staff who understand the FFA National Curriculum and how best to deliver highest quality results. The Academy also offers:

* Nike apparel package
* Quality grass training and playing surfaces and field equipment
* S2S player management system
* Up to six football specific sessions per week
* Three technical/tactical sessions per week
* Strength conditioning sessions per week 
* Football conditioning sessions per week 
* 50 plus match days per year 
* Individual/ group performance analysis, match tracking and player statistics
* Domestic tours to A league Academy/ NYL and NPL clubs
* PFA presentation and memberships 
* Individualised training sessions 
* Access to performance nutrition, performance psychology, personal excellence, recovery, rehabilitation, physiotherapy and career planning
*Access to out of area enrolments at Lyneham High School 

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE CU ACADEMY?
Utilising the FFA’s Technical Strategy, in conjunction with the CU Academy Pathway, the aim is to develop the most-complete footballers and to give players a solid grounding to enhance their chance to progress their career to the highest level.

IS THE CU ACADEMY FUNDED?
CU Academy is funded in cooperation with Football Federation Australia, the ACT Government and Capital Football. The NPL Youth team (U19) is fully funded and delivered at no cost to the participants while all other programs have fees ranging from $110-160 per month. This equates to less than $10.00 per session per player, e.g. U15 boys had 130 training sessions and 58 matches in 2015. All fees go directly to supporting the Academy. Fees can be subsidised through a variety of fundraising methods and there are scholarships and financial support for those requiring assistance. It is our principle that no player will be excluded due to a lack of financial resources.

DO PLAYERS GET PAID?
No players involved in the CU Academy PS4 National Premier League structure are paid to play. 

ARE THERE SHADOW SQUADS?
Under the direction of FFA, Capital Football will offer a National Development Centre (NDC) program in the age groups 10-15. These players would train with or alongside Academy players once per week as part of a collaborative approach with their NPL clubs. Players would train and play with their NPL clubs. CUA are finalising the details as on the funding, promotion and delivery of this program.