Promising Youngster to Professional Player

Promising Youngster to Professional Player

6-8 Years - The Age of Fun

  • No registration forms are signed
  • Trial basis only
  • Fun football
  • Young players are prepared to join 'The Everton Way'

9-11 Years - The Age of Preparation

  • Players sign for one year only
  • Players informed in April whether they will be retained or released
  • Techniques are worked upon
  • 8v8 match programme
  • Young players are now on 'The Everton Way'

12-16 Years - The Age of Development

  • Players sign for a minimum of two years
  • Players can be asked to sign further extensions to their registrations
  • Players in year 11 will be informed by January of that year whether they have gained an Academy Scholarship
  • Period of technical, tactical, physical and mental development
  • 11v11 match programme
  • Young players are firmly on 'The Everton Way'

16-19 Years - The Age of Competition

  • Players sign an Academy Scholarship - usually for two years
  • Full-time football development with a minimum of 12 hours education per week
  • Academy League programme for matches
  • Academy scholars will be informed by February of year two whether they have gained a professional contract
  • Preparation for life as a full-time professional
  • The importance of being a winner

Professional Status

  • A select number of players will be offered a professional contract
  • Professional forms can be signed only on the player's 17th birthday or after
  • The final stages on 'The Everton Way' before hopefully joining the senior squads

Please remember: If any player is released it is not the end of the world. Everton Football Club will work hard to find a new club for him if he wishes.

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