The Wellington Phoenix Academy is our youth development system that provides pathways into professional football through our A-League Men’s (ALM) & A-League Women’s (ALW) teams.
The Wellington Phoenix is committed to the development of talented young footballers from around New Zealand. It offers a proven youth development programme and pathway that brings together football, personal development and education through an inspirational and creative environment.
The Academy started in 2013 with a Football School of Excellence Programme (FSE) and has had great success with many Academy players graduating to the Clubs 1st team and overseas leagues.
The Academy is based at Ricoh Centre, Fraser Park, Lower Hutt, Wellington.
Our programme focuses on providing the highest quality of coaching, with the best sports science, medical, education, and well-being support. Being the only professional football club in New Zealand creates a unique landscape within the local game. Our Academy teams are invited by New Zealand Football to play in regional and national competitions in the Capital Football region.
Capital Football runs a Capital Development League (CDL) for clubs with Talent Development Programmes (TDP’s). The combination of youth football and senior competitions at a young age builds unique player profiles compared to Academies overseas.