• Why choose the SLFA?

    INTRODUCTION


    Why is the Southern League Football Academy so unique?

    The bespoke football aspect of the programme is unique to any other football & education programme in the country and a concept no other can provide.

    We are the second dedicated football and education academy league linked to a major feeder league in the country after our sister programme – the NPL Football Academy, added to that it is the second football and education league to be sanctioned by the Football Association.

    The Southern League Football Academy is only similar to programmes that are in operation at colleges, trusts, independently run or at a local hub centre in the sense of the educational national BTEC sports course being delivered, but that is where the similarities ends.

    The reason why this concept is vastly different and has caught the imagination of those involved in the professional and semi-professional game and one of the main differences with the Southern League Football Academy, is that all the students will be representing their local non-league (semi-professional) football club in the academy league and national cups, in an organisation and management structure respected and known throughout football, the Southern Football League (Evo-Stik South)

    The concept is also different in many other ways a few to mention are:-

    • All of our coaches have to be at UEFA A or B status (or on obtaining the position be working towards the award) we also have coaches working at our clubs that are currently working in professional club academies and are fomer and current professional and semi-professional players.
    • In relation to squad numbers, group size will only be of 16-23 students who will work together consistently through coaching and education and together represent the football club on and off the pitch for that year intake only. Therefore a team will not be picked from a large group or hub of students differently each week.
    • Also as a sanctioned league 85%-90% of games are played at the main stadiums of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League clubs, as opposed to college/park pitches. The Evo-Stik South also ensure officials are all of the required standard.
    • Our growing reputation has also ensured our enrichment days for students are linked to many renowned football venues such as St George’s Park home of the Football Association and Premier League Clubs.
  • Training/Games

    TRAINING/GAMES


    How often do the students train?

    Students will train specifically three/four times a week usually in the afternoon after morning studies (each club timetable is different) and will be coached and managed by UEFA A & B qualified coaches who will develop the players technically during the programme through coaching and match play. There may be added training sessions with the coach subject to availability, also there may be opportunities to join in first team training sessions.

  • Competitions

    COMPETITIONS


    What competitions will the students play in?

    As well as the Southern League Football Academy league title and the Southern League Football Academy cup to play for, they will also have opportunities to compete in the national FA Youth Cup and local County competitions the club wish to enter.

  • Expectations

    EXPECTATIONS


    What can a student expect on the football side?

    We will endeavour to ensure we work with students to provide an enrichment of football experiences throughout the year. From expert coaching through to the unique match day experience, we will treat the students with respect and look to provide a platform to allow them to receive the same football education programme as a professional football scholar would at a Football League/Premier League club and in return we will be requesting students to dedicate themselves to the programme.

    IMPORTANT:  In order to take part in the football programme students will be expected to be up to date in their education and have no outstanding assignments etc.

  • Pathways

    PATHWAYS


    Where can a student progress to?

    By being a part of the Southern League Football Academy and by already being involved in the club, students will have first chance opportunities to be able to progress into their clubs first team as a semi-professional footballer. First team coaching staff are informed regularly of a students progression (often watching games) by the academy coach and inviting students to training sessions if progressing well.

    Every season there are also opportunities to play in the ‘Inter-League’ representative side where a nominated selected squad of players from all clubs in the league will compete against professional club academies in a series of games to showcase their talents.


INTRODUCTION


Why is the Southern League Football Academy so unique?

The bespoke football aspect of the programme is unique to any other football & education programme in the country and a concept no other can provide.

We are the second dedicated football and education academy league linked to a major feeder league in the country after our sister programme – the NPL Football Academy, added to that it is the second football and education league to be sanctioned by the Football Association.

The Southern League Football Academy is only similar to programmes that are in operation at colleges, trusts, independently run or at a local hub centre in the sense of the educational national BTEC sports course being delivered, but that is where the similarities ends.

The reason why this concept is vastly different and has caught the imagination of those involved in the professional and semi-professional game and one of the main differences with the Southern League Football Academy, is that all the students will be representing their local non-league (semi-professional) football club in the academy league and national cups, in an organisation and management structure respected and known throughout football, the Southern Football League (Evo-Stik South)

The concept is also different in many other ways a few to mention are:-

  • All of our coaches have to be at UEFA A or B status (or on obtaining the position be working towards the award) we also have coaches working at our clubs that are currently working in professional club academies and are fomer and current professional and semi-professional players.
  • In relation to squad numbers, group size will only be of 16-23 students who will work together consistently through coaching and education and together represent the football club on and off the pitch for that year intake only. Therefore a team will not be picked from a large group or hub of students differently each week.
  • Also as a sanctioned league 85%-90% of games are played at the main stadiums of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League clubs, as opposed to college/park pitches. The Evo-Stik South also ensure officials are all of the required standard.
  • Our growing reputation has also ensured our enrichment days for students are linked to many renowned football venues such as St George’s Park home of the Football Association and Premier League Clubs.