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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Once this done, we'll get back to you shortly.
Latest News of the Football Youth Academy
- Join Shanghai Lions Youth Academy (8/7/2019)
- Youth team had a great end of season event during dragon boat festival (6/10/2019)
- U15 DEQ match cancelled but we had great match among ourselves (6/10/2019)