Arsenal Women

Girls Youth Academy

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Girls Youth Academy (RTC) Trials - 2019/20 

Arsenal Women FC Academy are now accepting applications for players to trial for the following age groups at our FA Regional Talent Club (RTC) for the 2019-20 season:

  • U9s & 10s – Year 4/5 – Born Sept 1st 2009 -Aug 31st 2011
  • U12s – Year 6/7 – Born Sept 1st 2007 – Aug 31st 2009
  • U14s – Year 8/9 – Born Sept 1st 2005 – Aug 31st 2007
  • U16s – Year 10/11 – Born Sept 1st 2003 – Aug 31st 2005

We will be holding OPEN trials for U9, U10 and U12 age groups and INVITE ONLY trials for U14 and U16 age groups.

Spaces at our INVITE ONLY trials are limited and players will be invited to attend trials based on the information submitted in the below application form. If your daughter is not invited to attend a trial for the Academy, they will instead be offered an opportunity to attend trials for our PDP (Player Development Programme) in July 2019.

Players MUST meet the following criteria to trial for the U16 OR U14 Age groups:

  • Have previously or currently play for an FA Regional Talent Club or FA Advanced Coaching Centre or in Boys Football
  • Must live within 90 mins of the Arsenal FC Training Centre (AL2 1DR)
  • Have an English Parent or English Grandparent or have been educated in England for at least 5 consecutive years

Under-16s lift the Youth Cup

International or Regional Experience is desirable

Players MUST meet the following criteria to trial for the U9, U10 OR U12 Age groups:

  • Are currently playing for a school, grassroots team or RTC
  • Must live within 90 mins of the Arsenal FC Training Centre (AL2 1DR)
  • Have an English parent or English grandparent or have been educated in England for at least 5 consecutive years.

Please complete all the information via the link below:

Please click here to complete a Trial Application Form:

 If you do not meet the above criteria, unfortunately your application will not be considered.

Deadline for applications to trial for next season close on 17th May 2019.

Please be aware that all players that attend our trials will also be considered for our Player Development Programme, which sits beneath our Girls Youth Academy (RTC). This ensures we continually monitor progress and support the development of those players that may not have been successful in gaining a place in our Girls Youth Academy (RTC) squads but we feel have potential to achieve this in the future.

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.