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Canberra United Academy


The Canberra United (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 Centre of Excellence. The CU Academy programs are for boys from 9 – 17 years of age and for girls from 10 – 17 years of age.

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 (CF TD and/or Coach)
  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 and part-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 (Game Training Squads)
  • Strength conditioning sessions per week
  • Football conditioning sessions per week
  • 50 plus match days per year (Game Training Squads)
  • Individual/ group performance analysis, match tracking and player statistics
  • Domestic tours to A league Academy/ NYL and NPL clubs
  • Individualised tracking of training loads (Game Training Squads)
  • Access to performance nutrition, performance psychology, personal excellence, recovery, rehabilitation, physiotherapy and career planning (Game Training Squads)

What is the Aim of the CU Academy?

  • Utilising Capital Football’s and FFA’s Technical Strategies, 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.
  • By the time the players graduate from the CU Academy (U17’s), they will be equipped with all of the “tools” required to progress to next level, be that the Hyundai A-League, Westfield W-League or NPL.

CU Academy Playing Style Statement

  • A proactive brand of football based on effective possession, with the cutting edge provided by creative individuals to create and convert goal scoring opportunities.
  • Defensively the key components are quick transition and intelligent collective pressing.
  • The playing style is underpinned by a strong ‘team mentality’, capitalising on Australia’s traditional strengths.

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