Player Development Pathway

The Player Development Pathway plots a course from community-based football to the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League and beyond, with programs built to assist players at each of the vital stages of their development.

From age nine, boys and girls can be admitted into the Club’s Pre-Academy Centres where they will be exposed to both practical and fun training that improves their technical and tactical understanding of the game.

Successful graduates will move into the Club’s Academy to continue their football education, which will bring them into competition at National Youth League and National Premier League level.

From their first steps in the program, players will be prepared to play and perform at the highest level possible; whether their ambition is to compete for enjoyment or train to excel, the Player Development Pathway is there to get the best out of the players.

The Pathway

  • Training for fun: For players at community level
  • Training to develop: For players who want to support their community football with additional training
  • Training to perform: For players in our Academy teams
  • Training to excel: For players at National Premier League level
  • Professional: For players at the elite Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League level


Pre-Academy Programs

Open to boys and girls aged 9-12, Melbourne Victory’s Pre-Academy Centres are the stepping stone into the Melbourne Victory Academy program. Via regular contact with Melbourne Victory coaches players will improve key skills and develop confidence in their ability to take the next step in their football journey.

Club Partnership Program

A 40-week program designed to support the training and development of a player’s community Club, which takes place at that club during the school term. A quality junior development program, the course provides a link to the Pre-Academy Program and Academy itself.

Schools Program

A member of Melbourne Victory’s Academy program will design and implement a football curriculum for a High School, with the emphasis on participation, excellence or both, encouraging pupils to grow through their football experience.