Click here to download Football Academy Application Form



The Underdale High School Football (Soccer) program develops student’s ability and understanding of the modern game and provides opportunities for students to pursue their sporting goals and/or vocational pathways.

This successful program caters for students in Years 7 to 11 and has attracted student interest from across South Australia and internationally. Several graduates of our Football Academy have secured senior and international playing positions, as well as obtaining employment within the sporting industry.


In 2015 the Underdale High School Football Academy celebrated one of the most successful years in its short history:


  • The Year 8/9 Boys knockout team was crowned State Champions for the 3rd time in 5 years.
  • The Year 10 Boys team were State Finalists
  • The Open Boys team were State Knock Out Football Champions.
  • The Open Boys and Girls and Year 8/9 Boys were Indoor Football State Champions.
  • The Year 8/9 Boys and Open Boys were also Interstate Challenge State champions.
  • The Open Boys 5 a side team were Outdoor State champions.
  • The Open Girls Knock out team finished 4th overall in the state.

The Underdale High School Football Academy Program is fully endorsed by Football South Australia and has close links with the NTC and Adelaide United FC. It also has links with the State Development squads and follows the FFA National Curriculum Guidelines.


Students from Year 7 – Year 11 receive a formal, structured and holistic program where a high level of commitment takes place in a safe, happy and caring environment.


Football Academy Mission Statement and Philosophy

We aspire to achieve the highest standards in the development of Underdale High School students to be the best that they can be both on and off the field, through diligence, commitment, respect, discipline, collaboration, resilience, optimism, courage and persistence.

Program Aims

We aim to make the student the focal point of the Academy and all of our efforts will be directed at improving the student’s ability and welfare by:

  • Setting high football and social standards
  • Providing a disciplined setting where players work together taking pride in themselves and their environment
  • Ensuring all aims and set tasks on and off the field are implemented efficiently
  • Promoting and supporting positive outcomes in terms of health, development and educational achievement
  • Providing good models of behaviour, being honest and compassionate
  • Celebrating student’s success and recognising outstanding achievement, effort and behaviour.

In essence, our aim is to produce intelligent and technically solid players who achieve their full potential and are equipped to cope with the demands of the modern game on and off the field.

The Middle School Program (Year 7 and 9)

The Academy technical program is the focal point of the players’ football education in all year levels. For the Year 7 and 9 students, the course is designed to prepare the player with the knowledge and competency of the technical fundamentals of the game of football. It offers both boys and girls an opportunity to pursue a comprehensive study of football by imparting a high level of expertise in theoretical knowledge, technique and skills, fitness and game awareness.
The program also contains a theoretical component where the Australian Curriculum will be covered through a series of assessment tasks. The Academy wants to produce low maintenance players who have an understanding of factors that affect football players such as sport science, injury prevention, nutrition, fitness and the important role that mental preparation now plays in the life of a footballer.

The Senior School Program (Year 10 and11)

This course aims to provide a pathway and accreditation to fulfill a professional football (soccer) playing career or employment in the community by providing:

  • A high level of technical, physical, social and psychological player development whilst completing the SA Certificate of Education and maximizing the ATAR
  • A practical link to a career or part time employment pathway to the Sport and Recreation Industry (VET units) and the attainment of associated certificates and accreditation
  • Specific practical strategies to support leadership roles such as player, coach, referee, administrator, trainer or mentor in the school system or the community
  • The course allows students to attain a Football Federation of Australia Level 5 Referee’s Certificate and a Grassroots Certificate as well as a Level 1 Sports Medicine Certificate and Senior First Aid Certificate.

Students also complete work placements at Adelaide United, Football Federation of SA, SSSSA and various Primary Schools.

Entry to our Year 7 Football Program

Year 6 and 7 students may apply to come to Underdale High School as a member of the Football Academy. All students wishing to participate in this program need to:
• Submit a written application (Football Academy Application Form) by the deadline
• Provide previous school reports (and samples of school work to support the application)
• Evidence of their sporting commitment, which may include a reference from a Football (Soccer) coach.


Applicants are then invited to participate in a Football (soccer) trial at Underdale High School.

Click here to download Football Academy Application Form


Call us on 8301 8000 to receive a Football (Soccer) Academy Information Package and/or arrange to join a tour of the school.