In 2021, our program includes 500 male players aged from 11 to 19, and 300 female players aged from 11 to 19.
The program for female footballers has almost trebled in size since it began in 2018. This year, for the first time, the Academy includes female players aged 16 to 19, mirroring the boys' program.
The Academy has 90 coaches and conditioning staff who train players at nine locations in NSW including Sydney City, North Sydney, South Sydney, Northern Beaches, Illawarra, Central Coast, Hunter, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.
The Youth Boys Academy program runs for 22 weeks every year, from February to September. In the older age groups, from U16 to U19, players train for 30 weeks a year, including a pre-season program.
The program involves weekly training and match-play sessions, providing players of all ages with a mix of skill development, fitness training and high-level competition.
All players in the QBE Sydney Swans Academy also continue to play with their local club or school side.
Please read our official policy about club football.
The QBE Sydney Swans Academy Club Policy:
We strongly advise and encourage all players selected for the Academy to remain with the same junior club they currently play with.
We strongly advise and encourage all players to remain with that club regardless of their team’s win/loss record, level of coaching, or level of competition/division the team is in.
Regular Academy Cup sessions provide every Academy player with the necessary high-level competition against talented peers.
At club level, we encourage Academy members to be leaders and role models for their team. We strongly believe this benefit outweighs any advantage that may be perceived from playing in a higher division.