From September 2018, the Arsenal Women WSL Academy Programme will replace our Development Squad as an integral part of our female talent pathway.
The new programme will ensure our young players continue to develop their football as well as continuing with their education to ensure that players have a dual career pathway.
The new FA initiative will provide support for players in the elite player pathway who aspire to make the step from U16s Academy/RTC football into our Arsenal Women's 1st team by bridging the gap with a new 16-21’s WSL Academy programme.
The new Academy aims to prepare girls for the next step in their football journey, and provide them with the opportunity to fulfil their potential technically, physically, psychologically & socially while ensuring they also commit to an education or work related training programme.
Players within the WSL Academy Programme will play within the FA WSL Academy League Programme with national fixtures against other WSL teams, with games taking place on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Players will to commit to 10-15 hours of weekly football contact time, receiving an extensive individualised coaching programmes, weekly S&C provision, Medical, Education, Lifestyle and Wellbeing support to help players manage the demands of maintaining a dual career.
We have a very strict recruitment policy. We only take the most gifted and talented female players, between the ages of 16 and 21 with International or under-16s RTC playing experience is a minimum requirement.
The training programme for the Arsenal WSL Academy follows an intensive schedule that includes squad training sessions, strength and conditioning sessions, as well as opportunities to train with our first team. Training takes place within high-quality learning environments and access world class facilities at the Arsenal Training Centre.
In the past, our youth programme has produced and prepared the many players who have become part of our first-team squad. Many others have gone on to play for other WSL clubs or have achieved scholarships at universities in both the UK & USA.
Players that are offered a place will benefit from the following:
- High level training three times per week
- Competitive matches in the WSL Academy League programme, international fixtures and tournaments
- Constant feedback on performance and progression
- Opportunities to train with our first team
We expect the following from players:
- Commitment to attend all training sessions and matches
- A dedicated mindset to want to learn and improve
- Understanding and demonstrating the Arsenal values
- Determination to become the best player you can be
We have a very strict criteria to be considered for the squad, given many of our current players play at international level at U17, U18 and U19 age groups. Therefore players must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Have played U16s football at an FA Regional Talent Club or similar elite level
- Have played at international youth level from U15s upwards
Players who meet the above criteria must also live within 90 mins of the Arsenal FC Training Centre (AL2 1DR)
To be part of the FA WSL Academy Programme, Players must also be in FE/HE Education or in an employment related training programme to be eligible.
If you meet the above criteria, and wish to be considered, please email your footballing CV to AWFCtalentid@arsenal.co.uk
Please note that you may not be invited to trial or be contacted if you do not meet the above criteria.
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