Soccer: Canberra United Academy given green light to play in 2016 National Premier League
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Soccer: Canberra United Academy given green light to play in 2016 National Premier League

Capital Football technical director Warren Grieve says the formation of the Canberra United Academy is part of the bigger picture of having an A-League team in Canberra.

Capital Football has rebranded its high performance programs under the banner of the Canberra United Academy starting next season.

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The Canberra United Academy will field a team in the ACT National Premier League first-grade competition.

The CU Academy NPL team will form the bulk of the Canberra United FC team that is expected to play in a revamped 2016-17 National Youth League competition.

The move has generated some resistance from Canberra's eight NPL clubs, but they have been encouraged to have their own training academies from as early as 2017.

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"The Canberra United brand is part of the bigger picture of one day having an A-League team in Canberra," Grieve said.

"Therefore, there will always be an academy structure here in Canberra.

"It would be great if one day we have nine high performance programs in Canberra.

"That is something we will certainly be working towards and arming the NPL clubs with more resources to fully comply with the NPL criteria."

The FFA has stated Canberra is unlikely to be considered for an A-League team in the immediate future.

Its focus is on establishing expansion teams in cities that can draw on population bases of at least 1 million people.

Capital Football wants to use the introduction of Canberra United FC in the NYL to provide a pathway for the region's most talented men's footballers.

The academy programs are for boys aged 10-18 and for girls aged 11-17 and replace Capital Football's previous junior programs.

Boys aged from 10-13 and girls aged from 11-13 will be in skill acquisition programs, while players aged 14 years and over will be involved in game training.

Parents and players were briefed at a meeting on Monday night ahead of the Canberra United Academy beginning on January 16 next year.

The maximum cost will be $1800 for those in playing squads and $1600 for those in non-playing squads for the 10-month program.

"In the absence of an A-League team, which has the responsibility for providing the academy structure, it is the federation's obligation to provide an academy structure," Grieve said.

"That's why we have created the Canberra United academy brand.

"We anticipate that we will be in the NYL in the 2016-17 season.

"FFA provided us with the new logo and the academy structure has been 100 per cent backed by the FFA.

"We are currently the only full functional academy in the country both male and female."

Football is the most popular sport in the ACT, with more than 19,000 registered players with Capital Football this year.