Junior Teams

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.

Our 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.

Click on the 2 pictures below if you'd like to know more about each of our youth category.

U18 Squad

U15 Squad

More information about our Youth Academy

Overall, our playing location for training & competition is always in Pudong at the Concordia International School in Jinqiao. As Shanghai is a large city, the place where you are living is indeed an important criteria when it comes to decide what's the best football academy for your kids. For instance, the travel time to the training & games shall be reasonable.

  • Address: 
    • 345 Huangyang Road Pudong, Shanghai China 201206 (EN)
    • 上海 浦东新区 黄杨路345号 (CN)
  • How to get there: subway line 9, exit Lantian road. After that 10 min walk

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

We organise training twice a week on Wednesday and Friday. Usually, the season start from late August until early June.

  • Each Wednesday from 19:00 to 21:00
  • Each Friday from 19:30 to 21:00

Our youth teams are participating into Shanghai Premier League (SPL) youth leagues on Saturdays in in Jinqiao Pudong. Usually, the season start from mid-October until early June.

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.

Overall, we welcome any boy or girl to enrol in our football youth academy as long as they fit-in our age group. Our players are basically coming from all over the world. As china amateur football is still in it's development stage, there is no need for transfer from previous football club. Then, if you consider joining us, you can come try out at a training session to have a feel about our coaches & teams.

  • From 12 to 15 years old for U15
  • From 15 to 18 years old for U18

As for the registration, we'll need some information from you. Then, you can download the form below (click the form), file it and send it back to info@shanghai-lions.com. Once this done, we'll get back to you shortly.

We have not set yet the membership fee for the new season... It will be updated very soon

  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.

  7. Justine Jankie says:

    Good day, do u take international students? My son is 17 and he would like to move to China to train football.

    • FL says:

      Yes, we do have a few international students in our team. After, I’m not sure moving to China just to train football is the right motive. We’re an amateur club… nothing else.

  8. Rishabh Deo says:

    Hi I’m Rishabh I’m from Fiji. I’m 15 years old. Is it possible for me to join the Academy because I’m living in Suva,Fiji

  9. Federico says:

    Hi, i’m Federico, i live in Shanghai since 2010 and, next december 4th, i’ll be.15 years old. I’ve always played as goalkeeper and would like to know if is possible join your Academy

  10. Calum Campbell says:

    I hope this finds you well.

    My name is Calum Campbell and I am the Director of Research at a production company called HTYT Films, based in London. We recently produced the official documentary movie on the story of the Paralympic Games, called Rising Phoenix, which was shown around the world in 190 countries on Netflix.

    I am writing to you about a film we have in development which we would love to discuss with you. The idea behind the film is to create a definitive account of the story of women’s football for a global audience that can also talk to the cultural and societal forces at play in many parts of the world that are helping the growth or hindering the development of the women’s game.

    Women’s football made the most progress in the history of the sport at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. The event was the greatest display of passion, tenacity and talent reaching 1.8 billion people worldwide.

    We wish to tell the definitive story of women’s football, and we wish to reflect what the sport means to the whole world. History is repeating itself in different ways, and is being played out in different cultures – the one thing that the world is united on, is that girls and women just want to play and they will stop at nothing for equality. We hope our film will inspire the next generation of players to fight for more than that.

    Over the course of the next two years, we will select a group of countries, and we will focus on stories about people within those countries that are pushing the sport forward for women. There has never been a more exciting time to watch how women’s football progresses internationally. There is so much adversity to overcome, so much development to be made – each story will inspire another as we weave the present with the past and capture at the same time what will happen in the future, climaxing of course ahead of World Cup 2023, the greatest there ever will be.

    In the first instance as part of strengthening our research for the documentary film, we would love to talk to someone from the academy about your junior teams on the girls’ side and the work you are doing to promote girls’ football in China. If you would be up for chatting with us about this, I can happily set up a call in the near future with myself and the director of the series, Olivia Cappuccini. She recently directed the documentary about the Tennis player, Andy Murray.

    All the best,

    Calum Campbell
    Director of Research
    HTYT Films

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