What are the best football academies in England in 2024 ?
In the 2019/2020 Premier League season, every single club used at least one academy graduate, which is a player that was formed and shaped at the club. Prominent examples of this include Trent Alexander-Arnold at Liverpool, Bukayo Saka at Arsenal and Marcus Rashford at Manchester United. So, what are the best football academies in England ? Looking for Soccer, the go-to website for booking football camps at top professional clubs, has compiled a list of the four best football academies in England.
Manchester United Academy
Of course, Manchester United’s academy is one of the best in the world, let alone in England. The class of ’92, made up of six players including David Beckham, was what Sir Alex Ferguson relied on for a large part of his success. Famously, Alan Hansen said “You cant win anything with kids”. United’s academy graduates have been proving him wrong for decades.
Arsenal is another team that has been producing excellent player from their academy for years and years. Tony Adams, also known as Mr Arsenal, gave his whole career to the club that shaped him, which was massively beneficial for both the club and the player. Ray Parlour, Martin Keown, Andy Cole are all Premier League legends, but some graduates have been performing across Europe: Wojciech Szczesny at Juventus is a notable example.
Southampton FC Academy
The smallest club in terms of history on this list, Southampton have had one of the best academies in England for many, many years. Alan Shearer, the Premier League top scorer, was formed at the club, and other retired players like Matt le Tissier also lit up the league. Even in 2024, lots of Southamption graduates are putting in massive performances for their team: Tyrone Mings at Aston Villa, Luke Shaw at Manchester United and Gareth Bale at Tottenham Hotspur are just some examples. Southampton have been consistently producing footballers of quite some quality, and therefore thoroughly deserve their place on this list.
Manchester City Academy
Although Manchester City may not be the first club to spring to mind when considering football academies, it deserves a place on this list. Its best current representative is Phil Foden, an exceptional player who has to beat players like De Bruyne, Gundogan and Bernardo Silva just to get some game time. The academy is also well represented across Europe: Angeliño is a key player for RB Leipzig, like Denayer is for Lyon and Trippier for Atletico Madrid.
Manchester City also offers a fantastic football camp that combines education with passion for football. There is an option for learning English at the camp, but what is sure is that all the participants will have the experience of a lifetime.
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