Football Youth Academy

Shanghai Lions Football Youth AcademyBackground of our Shanghai Lions Football Youth Academy

We started our Lions football youth academy back in 2012 as we felt there were no playing opportunities for the older aged youth beside their school games in Shanghai ! 

At first, we organized friendly games for U18 against our legends and participated in an international tournament organized by the Shanghai Football Association. Then, we start to organize training at Century Park. When the SPL U19 11-aside started, we were happy to join !  At the end, this model (older youth) proved being hard to sustain as players in their final exam year will have less free time to play. Additionally, they could only play with us for 1 or 2 years max as most of them will move out China for further education…

In 2017, the opportunity came to take over the 14-18 year age group from Century Park. We thought that it will be an excellent base to start developing our football youth academy a step further.

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We provide training twice a week on:

  • Wednesday 19:30-21:00
  • Friday 18:30-20:00

Trainings are located at the perfect pitch of the Concordia International School & lead by Azzeddine Takouloufa who is also the trainer of our Senior and Legend teams ! Nick Sherwood is working for us as physiotherapist and fitness coach as we build in special blocks in the training which focus on strength, speed, reaction & fitness !

Coaching Team

  Name Job Age
Azzeddine Takouloufa Training Head, Coach (Youth Team) 34
Nick Sherwood Fitness Coach and Sports Therapist 30


This season we are joining the SPL U17 league on Saturdays and some of the older youth will get a chance to play with the Lions first team if they get selected.

Also, we’re starting to get players at a younger age (12-13 year old) joining our trainings. They’re of course welcome and our plan is to enter the SPL U14 league if we have enough players !


Registration to the Shanghai Lions Football Youth Academy

If you are interested to join us, you can download the form below (click the form), file it and send it back to Once this done, we’ll get back to you shortly.


SPL Youth Standings (Season 2017/2018)

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Shanghai Lions Football ClubShanghai Lions FC 10 8 0 2 59 23 36 24
2 wiss-stoke-city-academy-logoWISS Stoke City FC Academy 10 7 1 2 52 17 35 22
3 AKSIL ReUnited 10 7 0 3 51 28 23 21
4 Dulwich EarthquakesDulwich Earthquakes 9 4 0 5 21 31 -10 12
5 Ebbe Sand Soccer Academy - LogoEbbe Sand Soccer Academy 9 1 1 7 23 42 -19 4
6 Japan FC 10 1 0 9 8 73 -65 3
7 Windchaser FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Results & Fixtures (Season 2017/2018)

23 Sep, 14:00 H Japan FC SPL U18 4 - 2
21 Oct, 14:00 H Dulwich Earthquakes Dulwich Earthquakes SPL U18 3 - 1
11 Nov, 18:00 A AKSIL ReUnited SPL U18 7 - 3
25 Nov, 16:30 A Ebbe Sand Soccer Academy - Logo Ebbe Sand Soccer Academy SPL U18 1 - 7
27 Jan, 14:15 A wiss-stoke-city-academy-logo WISS Stoke City FC Academy SPL U18 3 - 1
10 Mar, 14:00 H AKSIL ReUnited SPL U18 8 - 2
24 Mar, 14:00 H Dulwich Earthquakes Dulwich Earthquakes SPL U18 6 - 2
26 May, 14:15 H Ebbe Sand Soccer Academy - Logo Ebbe Sand Soccer Academy SPL U18 7 - 3
02 Jun, 14:15 H wiss-stoke-city-academy-logo WISS Stoke City FC Academy SPL U18 5 - 2
16 Jun, 14:00 A Japan FC SPL U18 0 - 15


Media – Football Youth Academy

  1. Nicole says:

    Hi, I am writing to ask for a trial for my child Siyi born in 2008, who has been training with JSSL Singapore for more than 3 years. Would you please kindly advise the venue and timing?

    • FL says:

      Hi Nicole. Are you living in Shanghai? Your kid seems a little too young for our academy as our average age group is 14 to 18 yo…

  2. Fei Xu says:

    Hi, do you have soccer training for 7 years old kids? Or any recommendation? Thank you! 🙂

  3. August says:


    Is it possible to volunteer as a youth football coach at your academy as a foreigner? If so, I would be more than interested in joining – and maybe also joining a team as a player too! I will send further details about my experience and educations inside football if this turns out to be an opportunity.

    Thank you.

  4. Ivan says:

    Hi! My name’s Ivan, I’m from Russia (Volgograd). I’m writing to invite your team 2004 year of birth to take part in the tournament which is dedicated to the Day of Victory over fascism. The tournament will be held in May 2019, a lot of russian and belarusian teams will take part in this event. If you are interested, I will write the detailed information about this tournament and other football events that will be held in Volgograd (Russia).

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