Arsenal Academy Trials

Arsenal has a category one academy and has a successful history of promoting players to their first team but how do you get a trial with Arsenal Academy.

Arsenal have an extensive scouting network and a lot of modern-day football’s methods were brought to England by manager Arsene Wenger.

A refined appreciation of technical aspects of the game and an understanding of diet and nutrition is now part and parcel of the game but it wasn’t like that in the 80’s and 90’s.

English football was very insular and there were not the same amount of foreign managers and players as we see today.

Not only do Arsenal give their academy players a opportunity but they have a sourced a number of young players from Europe who have been given first team games from an early age.

Nicolas Anelka was signed from Paris Saint-Germain for £500,000 as a 16-year-old, given his first team debut at 17 and sold for £22.3 million two years later.

Cesc Fàbregas was another player who joined Arsenal at 16-years-old from Barcelona and was named captain at just 21-years-old before returning to Barcelona in £35 million deal.

How to Get a Trial with Arsenal Academy

Arsenal are always looking for their next academy star but competition is tough and they are very selective.

category one clubs like Arsenal are not restricted to the 90 minute travel restrictions for players 12-years-old and above, this is because the FA feel that the best prospects should have a chance to play at the best academies regardless of where they are born.

Arsenal also have a number of host families to help house academy players from all over the world so they can live in a safe family environment.


As you would imagine Arsenal have one of the best scouting networks in England and look to recruit players from an early age with the long-term aim of them reaching the first team.

The best way to get into Arsenal academy is by being invited for trial or attending an Arsenal soccer school.

You can also send a video showcasing your skills.

You should send a football CV along with a cover letter and fixtures of your current club in case they want to send a scout to see you live to

Don’t be surprised if you don’t get a replay, they get far too many emails to respond to every email but if they are interested they will contact you or send a scout to watch you.

About Arsenal Academy

The Arsenal academy have two training grounds, The Hale End training ground for players aged 8-16 with 1 artificial pitch and 5 grass.

The second ground is the London Colney Training Ground for players over 16-year-old. It has 11 pitches spit in to three areas with an indoor pitch, swimming pool and fitness room.

Using some of the most advanced technological equipment and training methods, Arsenal give its players every chance to succeed on their path to becoming a professional footballer.

Address: 56 Grove Park Ave, Walthamstow, London E4 8SS



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