Chelsea have a category one academy and has a successful history of producing some of the best youth players in England but how do you get a trial with Chelsea Academy.
The Chelsea academy is by far the most successful in England over the last five years.
They have won countless trophies including four FA Youth Cup triumphs to four in a row but do not have a great track record of promoting players to their first team squad.
A number of talented youngsters are given professional debuts and use the loan system to the advantage of the club sometimes having as many as 35 player of loan all over the world.
Loan deals offer vital opportunities for Chelsea’s youth players to impress with the likes of Thibaut Courtois and Andreas Christensen spending time out on loan before becoming regulars at Chelsea.
Chelsea do however give players in their academy first class coaching and their facilities are fantastic.
How to Get a Trial with Chelsea Academy
Chelsea are always looking for their next academy star but competition is tough and they are very selective.
They have a massive scouting network that looks at players all over the world, often signing young players with potential from leagues not at good as the Premier League but have already made their first team debuts.
Chelsea also look at every level in England, including non-league, Tushaun Walters (Abbey Rangers) and Renedi Masampu (Met Police) joined Chelsea Under-18’s this season.
Category one clubs like Chelsea 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.
Chelsea 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 Chelsea 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 Chelsea academy is by being invited for trial or attending a Chelsea soccer school.
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 play to the address below.
Chelsea Football Club Academy
Cobham Training Ground
64 Stoke Road
All correspondence received will be acknowledged within 14 days.
Don’t be surprised if you don’t get a replay, they get far too many letters to respond to every email but if they are interested they will contact you or send a scout to watch you.
If the scout feels that you might have the potential to play at Academy level, an approach will be made to the manager of your club as well as your parents and you will be invited in for a trial with Chelsea.
The trial will last for a maximum of six weeks during which time the player will train and play with the current registered players in your age group.
During your trial period you will be monitored by your age group coach, the assistant Academy manager, Academy manager and recruitment staff.
A decision will be made within three to six weeks whether to sign you as a Chelsea player or release you from your trial and monitor you at your club.
About Chelsea Academy
The Chelsea academy train at the Cobham Training Centre which they have used since 2005, costing a reported £20 million.
A 140-acre site that houses all of the club’s football activities, from the first team to the academy, reserve and women’s teams.
It has the latest in training, rehabilitation, medical, pitch and media technology” with 30 football pitches (three with undersoil heating and six to Premier League standard), an indoor artificial pitch, a media centre, gyms, cold immersion pools, a sauna, a steam room and a 56 ft HydroWorx hydrotherapy pool.
The main building also has a turf roof in order to help it blend into its surroundings and to improve air quality. Water from the surrounding area is collected in a reservoir for use on the pitch irrigation system.
Chelsea give its academy players every chance to succeed on their path to becoming a professional footballer.
Address: Cobham Training Ground, 64 Stoke Road, Stoke D’Abernon, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3PT