Manchester City Decade in data

Developing future stars

Manchester City has transformed its Academy over the last decade: improving the facilities and quality of coaching, expanding it to include girls’ teams, and co-locating it with the first teams on the Etihad Campus so that players of all ages are based on the same site.

The Academy vision – which has evolved over time – is to develop young players of the highest quality, who are rooted in the culture and style of play of Manchester City



Brian Marwood, Chief Football Administration Officer, begins Academy review process as the first stage of a long-term development strategy.

2008-09 - Key matchday developments


City partner with St Bede’s College for a unique football and education partnership.

2009-10 - Key matchday developments


Manchester City Academy granted Category One status under the Premier League’s Elite Player Performance Plan.

2010-11 - Key matchday developments


The Academy relocates from Platt Lane to City Football Academy (CFA). City recruit ‘houseparents’ to live at the CFA, supporting the needs and welfare of young players. City become the first Premier League Club licensed to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh award.

2011-12 - Key matchday developments


Having received status as a Tier 1 Regional Talent Club from the FA, City open their girls’ academy.

2012-13 - Key matchday developments


FA Regional Talent Club launches at CFA, now home to 80 U10 – U16 girls who will train up to three times a week.

2013-14 - Key matchday developments

More than 100 academy graduates from the last decade have gone on to careers in professional football. Nine have played (at least 450 minutes in competitive matches) for Manchester City’s first team

Rounded individuals

Alongside football training, the Academy now includes an integrated education programme. Through this, the Academy seeks to gives players the best opportunities to succeed in adult life, whether their future career lies in football or elsewhere.

Winning performances over the last decade

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Academy men’s graduates from the last ten years who have developed their career path in football

played in manchester city first team
played in premier league for other clubs
played in lower leagues in england
played for clubs in other countries

The programme exceeds the requirements of the Premier League’s Elite Player Performance Plan. Its purpose is to foster the talents of elite players in a holistic way – playing, personal and academic – so that they have the necessary skills for a career in professional football if they make the grade, and qualifications which they can use at any time in their lives

Aggregate school report

Education achievements of the Academy boys and girls over the last ten years.

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