Christchurch Football Academy, located at Yaldhurst, has been operating since the 17th of March 2014 as the first South Island club offering year-round training for football players.

In 2016, Christchurch United Football Academy merged with Christchurch United Football Club, which was recognised as the best NZ club between 1970-1995.

Christchurch United Football Club was one of the founding clubs of the New Zealand National Soccer League in 1970.

We have won six National League Titles, six English Cups, and six Chatham Cups. Including the two famous doubles in 1975 and 1991. In 2022 our Mens First Team won the Southern League and our Womens First Team won the Championship.

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Home of Ambitious Players
The Club produced a number of great players including 44 who went on to play for the All Whites.

Steve Sumner and Ryan Nelsen were the captains of the NZ National teams at the 1982 and 2010 World Cups.

All these legendary players wore the blue and white uniform of CUFC in the prime of their careers.

The Academy is at the heart of the Christchurch United Football Club and our goal is to help our players become the best version of themselves while maximising their full potential.
Download Our Academy Book 2023

Christchurch United Football Academy offers all year round, holistic advanced youth development program. This is divided into 4 terms, which are based on the New Zealand school curriculum, with approximately 10 weeks each term.

Welcome to the Christchurch United Football Academy: "Home of Ambitious Players".
This book introduces our Academy Programme and outlines the pathway for Young Player Development. It has been developed to help young players and their parents make an informed decision about joining the Christchurch United Football Academy. The Academy is the heart of our Club, so our goal is to develop each Academy player to their full potential and build life-long skills.
Our motto is One Club One Dream.
What does our vision of success look like?

  • We want to win titles with our home grown Academy players
  • We want to be proud of our players who represent the National Team and continue their Football career at universities and professional clubs around the world
  • We want to create a culture of high performance to maximise individual player development
  • We want to be the best organisation for our coaches and staff to excel in

I wish our players, coaches and staff lots of new experiences and learning for their development in 2023.

I welcome new young players to join Christchurch United Football Academy - Home of Ambitious Players.

Slava Meyn
Christchurch United Football Club President

Learn More about the Club and our values

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What Sets Us Apart
Rethinking Talent Development together with TOVO Academy Barcelona, which is regarded the best holistic program in Europe for players aiming to excel in football and beyond.
We focus on quality rather than quantity, therefore, players in our programs receive great individual attention. The program is designed to develop players to their full potential
We offer structured, progressive and age specific holistic youth development program. This is a player centered approach - in contrast to a coach centered approach.
Why Choose Christchurch United Football Academy?
  • Modern Innovative and Creative Methodology
    We are proactively Rethinking Talent Development inspired by TOVO Academy Barcelona which is regarded the best holistic program in Europe for players aiming to excel in football and beyond.
  • World Class Facilities Christchurch Football Centre
    All trainings at state-of-the-art facility at Christchurch Football Centre with two full sized artificial fields, three natural full size fields, café, changing rooms and club office on site.
  • Ongoing Coach Education
    Christchurch United employs only qualified coaches passionate about beautiful game and dedicated to ongoing professional development to provide world class coaching.
  • Advanced Technology Solutions
    We use games video analysis using world leading technology Spiideo, so that we can help our teams to excel. We also use Smartabase software for daily monitoring of weekly load.
  • Enriching Culture
    We aim to create a culture of success and comradery based on our values: Respect, Discipline, Intelligence, Passion, Responsibility, Unity.
  • Play All Year Round
    To support our ambitions players we offer dynamic year round, four terms program. All Academy Teams play in Mainland Football Premier Youth Divisions.




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