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Arsenal Women Academy Expression of Interest 20-21

Due to the current Covid-19 Situation Arsenal Women FC Academy will not be running any scheduled open trials for the 20-21 season. We are pleased however that we have been able to retain a large number of our current players for next season, therefore we expect available spaces in our Academy to be very limited.

We appreciate this decision to not run trials may be disappointing however we hope you appreciate that the safety of all players, coaches and parents is the most important thing in the current situation.

There may be an opportunity later this year for individual players to be invited in for a trial session if a squad space becomes available, however this is not guaranteed.

If you would like to express an interest in the above, please complete this form:

 Please note to be eligible to play for an FA Regional Talent Club for the 20-21 season:

  • Players must be born 1st September 2004 - 31st August 2012
  • Must live within 90 mins of the Arsenal FC Training Centre (AL2 1DR)
  • Must have a UK Passport & have been educated in England for at least 5 consecutive years or have previously completed the FA's International Clearance Process

For more information regarding our Player Development Programme, please click here

Arsenal Women Talent Pathway 

In 2016, The Football Association launched a new Talent Pathway for Women's Football, The Plan aimed to provide a sound structure for the development of elite talent in the female game.

An integral part of this plan was the establishment and development of opportunities for elite girls aged 9 to 16 through "Regional Talent Clubs or RTC's as they are known".

The purpose of the Arsenal Girls Youth Academy (RTC) is to identify female players of outstanding ability and place them in a development programme that is designed to produce excellent players and well balanced young people.

At Arsenal Women, this part of the pathway enables girls up to the age of 16 to play football at elite level, with our aim being that many of these players will then progress into our U-21s FA WSL Academy Team.

Alex Scott

Arsenal Women’s captain and England international Alex Scott MBE joined our youth programme at eight years old

Alex Scott

Leah Williamson 

Leah Williamson starred in our FA Cup Final win in 2016 also played for us as part of our youth programme from the age of nine


Girls Youth Academy (RTC) Commitments

Those who are successful in gaining a place within the Girls Youth Academy will receive weekly coaching from our highly-qualified, experienced coaches and support from a highly-qualified team of goalkeeper coaches, physios, sports therapists, strength and conditioning coaches, sports psychologists and education/lifestyle support.

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Training Programme

The U9s Development Squad train one night per week while they continue to play and train for their grassroots club team.

All other age groups complete a comprehensive training programme (including Strength and Conditioning) at various training venues around Hertfordshire including Arsenal FC Training Centre.

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Games Programme

  • U10's and U12's will play fixtures in local Charter Standard Boys (Mixed) Leagues
  • U14's and U16's will take part in FA Organised Fixture programmes against other RTC's and also fixtures against Boy's Teams.
  • Our U16's will compete in the Girls FA Youth Cup, which they have won on four occasions in 2012-13, 2014-15, 2015-16 & 2016-17

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Trips, Tours and Preseason Camps

Another vital part of our player development programme is the opportunity to travel with their teams and play foreign opposition.

Each season features tours and matches against sides from various clubs in Europe and the United States. In recent years, teams have visited Italy, France, Germany and also the USA to play in the Dallas Cup.

All age groups also attend a pre-season training camp at Oakham School which offers girls from all age groups the opportunity to spend time away from home with their team-mates as part of a personal development and team-building programme to prepare for the start of the season.

Girls Youth Academy (RTC) Player Support Team

Responsibility for the delivery of the programme rests with our Academy Manager, Tessa Payne, who is a UEFA A Licence coach and previously worked for The FA within various roles including coaching within the England Women's youth set-up, Regional Coach Development Manager and Regional Talent ID Coordinator. Tessa is also an FA Coach Educator and Talent ID Tutor.

Holly Skinner is the Academy Operations Co-ordinator who manages the logistics of the programme on a daily basis. Holly has been involved in the Elite Talent Pathway for several years including logistics officer with the FA Regional Development Programme and her previous role of Club Manager at MK Dons. Holly also holds the UEFA A Licence qualification.

All the coaching and support team that are employed by Arsenal Women come with exceptional knowledge, vast experience and are highly-qualified to help develop the next generation of female elite players for the club.

All staff also hold FA Enhanced DBS/CRB checks, up-to-date FA Safeguarding and Emergency Aid qualifications and all attend regular Continuing Professional Development seminars and meetings.

The Girls Youth Academy offers superb training and playing facilities and, as well as playing football, the girls benefit from individualised technical and tactical training programmes, strength and conditioning programmes, sports psychology support, health awareness as well as nutrition and lifestyle workshops.

The Arsenal Women's youth programme is now entering its 20th year and many well-known female players have progressed through the youth system and since gone on to represent Arsenal Women first team as well as gaining international honours.

Job Opportunities

Our coaches and support team rarely leave us, but when they do any vacancies are advertised at

We look for well-qualified ambitious, enthusiastic and deeply-committed coaches, physiotherapists, sports therapists, strength and conditioning coaches as well as performance analysts to provide support to all our teams.

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