Academy Ground: Southampton FC Training Ground, Long Lane, Marchwood, Southampton, Hampshire, SO40 4WR


Academy Director/Manager:                               Craig Fleming – Under 18’s Coach


First Team Players:                                                 Southampton First Team


Academy Team Players:                                        Southampton Under-23’s Team

                                                                                  Southampton Under-18’s Team


Ladies Team Players:                                              Southampton Ladies Team


Southampton Fan Club:                                         Southampton Fan Club


The Southampton Academy:

There is a clear focus on producing self-made talent at the saints. With a realistic goal of having a 50% graduate first team each year, they clearly have the right idea for their academy. The saints give all of their development players an ‘Elite Player Performance Plan’ with the intention of candidates hitting set targets whilst supplying players with all the tools they need to become a professional in the today’s game. FootieBugs agrees with this concept and have started to give each individual child their own homework in areas of their game that need minor adjustments, we feel this is vital for player progression.

Southampton now have around 20 international selected players across them under 15’s to under 21’s which gives an indication to the coaches work at the club. Southampton also try to develop a player into a young man, who is able to represent them on and off the pitch, this is important because it keeps them grounded as people which is more valuable in the long-term than just a skilled technical player.


Did you know?

Ex-Southampton player Sadio Mane has the fastest ever Premier league hat-trick that came in exactly 2 minutes 56 seconds against now relegated side, Aston Villa. Do you think you can beat that?


Academy Status: Southampton is a category 1 status academy

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Southampton Academy Staff:

Craig Fleming is one of the best in the business at getting behind his players, with setbacks in the Youth Cup losing on penalties to Blackpool, he is convinced that his team has done enough for him to be satisfied. This might be the perfect coach for an up and coming player who is low on confidence and needs a patient mentor to develop them.
Under-23’s manager Martin Hunter is often the final hurdle for these young players and can decide in a moment who has the talent to proceed into the first team. He is a very knowledgeable mentor of the game which is why he is also the technical director for Southampton’s senior team. Over the years he has overlooked some the the academy players like Jay Rodriguez, Nathaniel Clyne and many more which has meant that he is a well-respected member of the club.  


How to get noticed by a scout

Generally, premier league clubs are closely following open trials as a way of pinpointing the newest talent, as well as having a vast network of scouts across the UK. Scouts are often preferential over structured leagues or with players of a high standard, playing together. This is one thing that FootieBugs academy can offer through our weekly training sessions and games against local teams managed by professional coaches. Because we cover a range of age groups at U6’s-U14’s we have a high demand for young upcoming talent and receive frequent scouts visiting our training sessions and matches. Due to the professional coaches we have available that have all played at a high level, we are able to distinguish which players are leagues above in terms of skill and can refer them onto Premier League clubs.



“If you’re good enough, generally they’ll find you.”


Southampton Academy Scouting System:

After a scout has seen a player, they will usually contact them and invite them to a trial day, otherwise the more common method of finding talents from all over are through football trial days and football camps. FootieBugs goes the extra mile in making your job easier as a parent and a young footballer. With our focused training sessions, the FootieBugs Academy will try it’s best to match your ability with a club who will nurture your talent . We will shape a football player into a footballer, by working on improving the child’s overall game and their image to scouts at Premier League Clubs.

This is where the FootieBugs Academy thrives, not only will FootieBugs look to put players forward to Southampton when they feel they are ready, but FootieBugs will also ensure Southampton will be fully aware of what training each player will have received from the FootieBugs Academy and why the player has shown enough (Footballing skill as well as dedication and attitude) to be worthy of a trial.


If you feel your child shows promise and would like us to help them reach the level for us to recommend them to the Southampton scouting network then please complete the following form:

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Southampton Academy trials

As you can imagine, a large number of young football players would like to join the Southampton Academy set up and with clubs like Southampton receiving trial requests all the time it’s very difficult to get noticed.

FootieBugs Academy believes that with correct training and dedication we can dramatically increase your chances of getting a trial with the Southampton Academy.

Once a player reaches the standards that a club of Southampton’s stature would expect then the FootieBugs team will do everything in its powers to introduce the player to the relevant Southampton scout. 




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FootieBugs Academy FAQ’s

The FootieBugs Academy is an independent organization and not part of any specific football club. This allows us to offer an honest and fair view of any players’ ability and suitability to join a professional Football Club. Although we will do everything in our power to help young players develop, we are unable to guarantee every player a trial. If you are looking for official club information then please visit the club’s official website as we can-not guarantee that all information is correct and up to date at the time of reading.

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