Football Youth Academy

Shanghai Lions Football Youth AcademyBackground of our 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.

Youth Teams

Today, we have 2 different categories of age.

  • U18: It is composed of boys & girls aged between 15 to 18 years old.
  • U15: It is composed of boys & girls aged between 12 to 15 years old.

U18 Squad

U15 Squad


Our youth teams are participating into Shanghai Premier League (SPL) youth leagues on Saturdays. What sets Lions youth academy apart from the others is that we are a club and give opportunities for players to play at a higher level. As an example, good U15 can play with the U18 squad and good U18 players can play with the senior team.



If you are interested to join academy, 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.


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  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).

  5. Élodie Quach says:

    I live in shanghai, at Qingpu near the french school, and I loved to join this academy to train with you guys and improve my skills.
    My name is Elodie Quach, I’m a girl, 16. I started to play soccer at 15, it’s a bit late but I work very hard and later I wanted to become a professional soccer player.
    I usually play as a goalkeeper, but I can also play defense, I have speed.

  6. Guy says:

    Which youth category do you intend to register for the coming season (2019-2020)?
    My son will be U15 this season and we are moving from Belgium to Shanghai in September.
    He used to play football in Belgium since he is U5.

    • FL says:

      Hi. Thank you for your interest in Shanghai Lions’ Youth Football Academy. We have seen your email and replied already.

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