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Southampton F.C. Under-23s and Academy

Coordinates: 50°53′17″N 1°27′38″W / 50.888035°N 1.460478°W / 50.888035; -1.460478 Southampton F.C. Under-23s and Academy or Saints Under-23s and Academy is the youth organisation run by Southampton F.C. to encourage and develop young footballers in the south of England. Renowned players including Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, and Alan Shearer began their careers at this academy. The team is made up of under-23 and academy players, is effectively Southampton's second-string side, but is limited to three outfield players and one goalkeeper over the age of 23 per game following the introduction of new regulations from the 2012–13 season.[1] They play in Premier League 2, Division 1. The team also competes in the Trophy, Premier League International Cup, Premier League Cup and the Hampshire Senior Cup. The under-18 players among other younger age groups make up the Academy team and play in the Premier League U18 First Division, South, Premier League U18 Cup and the FA Youth Cup.

Home fixtures are contested at the club's training facilities at Staplewood in Long Lane, Marchwood, Southampton and at St. Mary's. Since July 2018, the under-23s have been managed by Radhi Jaïdi, while Paul Hardyman has managed the under-18s since September 2018.

Age categoriesEdit

  • Under 23 (professionals)
  • Under 18
  • Under 16
  • Under 15
  • Under 14
  • Under 13
  • Under 12
  • Under 11
  • Under 10
  • Under 9
  • Under 8

International playersEdit

Amongst the players who passed through the Saints Academy and went on to represent their country since the turn of the Millennium are:

In the past, prior to the establishment of the academy, the Southampton youth system has produced other international players, such as Terry Paine, Martin Chivers, Steve Williams, Mick Channon, Matthew Le Tissier and Alan Shearer.

Four former Saints academy players featured in the England Under-21 match against Montenegro on 7 September 2007: Martin Cranie and Theo Walcott both started (with Walcott setting up the second goal) whilst Dexter Blackstock and Andrew Surman came on as second-half substitutes, with Surman scoring the final goal in a 3-0 victory, tapping the ball home in stoppage time from a knock-down by Blackstock.[2][3]

In England's international friendly against Denmark on 5 March 2014, three graduates of the Southampton F.C. Academy appeared as second-half substitutes: Luke Shaw (making his debut), Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Present structureEdit

Matt Hale is the current Academy Director, stepping up from his role as Academy Manager in July 2019. He was replaced as academy manager by his assistant Ed Vahid at the same time. Robin Nicholls is the current Academy Operations Manager, while David Hughes was appointed as the first Head of Academy Player Development in mid-July 2019. The current academy set up has teams at all age groups from Under 8s all the way through to the professional Under 23 team, employing large number of coaches and educational staff. Iain Brunnschweiler is the current Coach Development Manager for the academy. Academy players from the age of 16 up until the age of 18 are often looked after by Host Families within the local area. These families are organised and monitored by Family Liaison Officer Ian Herding and his assistant Emma Walker.

The head of Academy recruitment currently is Chris Welman, while Rod Ruddick, Jim Flood, Wayne Stephens and Terry Burton are all involved in youth recruitment for the academy along with the club scouting team.

The aim of the Southampton academy is to "...produce Premiership class players..."[4]

Currently, Southampton's academy set-up is one of the best in the country and they have regularly reached the latter stages of the FA Youth Cup, as well as being successful in the FA Premier Academy League championship. In the 2010–2011 season the U18s were only just "...Pipped to the Title..." by one point on the last day of the season of the Group A league. Southampton had to win and Fulham had to draw or lose for Southampton to come top. After winning 1–3 away to Coventry City the U18s were dismayed to discover Fulham had come back from being 0–3 down versus Leicester City to win 5–3.

The academy has joined up with local college Sparsholt College to try to give those footballers who have missed out on a scholarship the opportunity to remain in the game and train and play matches with the Southampton Academy.[5]

In May 2013, Andre Villas-Boas, manager of Tottenham Hotspur praised the Southampton Academy for its ability to produce star players, describing it as "a great school of development" and comparing it to Sporting Lisbon.[6]

In April 2015, a Southampton U21 side won the U21 Premier League Cup, defeating a Blackburn Rovers U21 side in the two-legged final at St Mary's Stadium in front of more than 12,000 fans. Goals from Ryan Seager and Sam Gallagher cancelled out a Matt Targett own goal to give Southampton a 2–1 victory after extra time to win the second edition of the cup.[7]

Under-23 squadEdit

Southampton Under-23s
Full nameSouthampton Football Club (Under-23s)
Nickname(s)The Saints
GroundStaplewood Campus, Long Lane, Marchwood, Southampton
ManagerRadhi Jaïdi (Under-23s)
LeaguePremier League 2, Division 1
2018–19Premier League 2, Division 2, 2nd of 12 (promoted via playoffs)
WebsiteClub website

Players (excluding scholars) who will qualify as U23s in season 2019–20 (i.e. born on or after 1 January 1996) and who are outside the first team squad.

As of 2 August 2019.[8]
  • Squad numbers represent numbers given to players for first team and Trophy matches only.
  • ± Denotes a player on an 'extended scholarship'.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
47   MF Will Ferry
48   MF Kornelius Hansen
50   DF Aaron O'Driscoll
52   MF Nathan Tella
53   MF Harlem Hale
54   DF Christoph Klarer
57   GK Tommy Scott
No. Position Player
58   DF Oludare Olufunwa
59   DF Kieran Freeman
60   DF Kameron Ledwidge
61   DF Simon Kozak
63   MF Sean Brennan
66   FW Enzo Robise
67   FW Christian Norton

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
46   FW Marcus Barnes (on loan at Eastleigh until January 2020)
49   MF Thomas O'Connor (on loan at Gillingham until January 2020)
51   MF Tyreke Johnson (on loan at Woking until January 2020)
55   GK Alex Cull (on loan at AFC Totton until January 2020)
No. Position Player
  GK Kingsley Latham (on loan at Havant & Waterlooville until January 2020)
  DF Alfie Jones (on loan at Gillingham until end of season)
  MF Harry Hamblin (on loan at Bath City until January 2020)

U23 HonoursEdit



  • U21 Premier League Cup
    • Winners: 2014–15
  • Southampton Senior Cup
    • Winners: 2017–18
  • South Shields International Tournament
    • Winners: 2018–19

Under-18 squadEdit

Southampton Under-18s
Full nameSouthampton Football Club (Under-18s)
Nickname(s)The Saints
GroundStaplewood Campus, Long Lane, Marchwood, Southampton
ManagerPaul Hardyman (Under-18s)
LeaguePremier U18 First Division, South
2018–19Premier U18 First Division, South, 4th of 12
WebsiteClub website

Academy 2nd Years 2019–20Edit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
56   GK Jack Bycroft * (DoB 21.09.2001)
69   DF David Agbontohoma (DoB 30.09.2001)
  DF Ryan Cluett (DoB 23.11.2001)
  DF Séamus Keogh * (DoB 28.02.2002)
71   DF Pascal Kpohomouh * (DoB 24.09.2001)
  DF James Morris (DoB 23.11.2001)
62   DF Alan Tchaptchet * (DoB 21.12.2001)
  MF Ethan Burnett (DoB 21.02.2002)
No. Position Player
74   MF Lucas Defise (DoB 19.10.2001)
  MF Rio Glean (DoB 17.09.2001)
  MF Roland Idowu (DoB 21.01.2002)
64   MF Alex Jankewitz * (DoB 25.12.2001)
  MF Michael Saunders (DoB 08.12.2001)
65   MF Caleb Watts * (DoB 16.01.2002)
  MF Callum Watts (DoB 20.10.2001)
  FW Benni Smales-Braithwaite * (DoB 29.04.2002)

Academy 1st Years 2019–20Edit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  GK Matthew Hall (DoB 24.04.2003)
70   GK Ollie Wright (DoB 25.10.2002)
  DF Sam Bailey (DoB 02.09.2002)
72   DF Kegs Chauke (DoB 08.01.2003)
  DF Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo (DoB 09.06.2003)
  DF Will Tizzard (DoB 05.11.2002)
  MF Teddy Davey (DoB xx.xx.xxxx)
No. Position Player
73   MF Ramello Mitchell (DoB xx.xx.xxxx)
75   MF Marco Rus (DoB xx.xx.xxxx)
68   MF Jack Turner (DoB 07.09.2002)
  FW Sam Bellis (DoB 30.12.2002)
  FW Kazeem Olaigbe (DoB 02.01.2003)
  FW Jayden Smith (DoB 19.07.2003)
  • * = Professional contracts

U18 HonoursEdit




Under-23 / Under-18 management
  • U23 Coach: Radhi Jaïdi
  • U23 Assistant Coach: David Horseman
  • U18 Coach: Paul Hardyman
  • U18 Assistant Coach: Carl Martin
  • Development Goalkeeping Coach: Vince Bartram
  • Development Goalkeeping Coach: Ryan Flood
  • Head of Academy Medical Services: Tom Sturdy
  • Academy Liaison Officer: Ian Herding
  • Assistant Academy Liaison officer: Emma Walker
  • Head of Safeguarding: Margaret Sainsbury

Academy graduates (2012–present)Edit

A number of players from the Southampton F.C. Academy have gone on to have careers in professional football, whether at Southampton or at other clubs. The following is a list of players who have made their Southampton first team debuts since the under-23s squad was established at the start of the 2012–13 season. Players who have represented Southampton in the Trophy, and no other competition, are not included in this list. Academy graduates who still play for Southampton, including those that are currently out on loan to other clubs, are highlighted in green. Where players have made their debut in the same fixture, they are sorted alphabetically by surname.

As of 2 September 2019

Player Position Southampton Appearances Southampton Goals Current Club Born International Honours Debut Manager
Calum Chambers DF 25 0   Arsenal   Petersfield   England Age 17 vs. Stevenage, Capital One Cup, 28 August 2012 Nigel Adkins
Andy Robinson MF 1 0   Weymouth   Bournemouth Age 19 vs. Sheffield Wednesday, Capital One Cup, 25 September 2012
Lloyd Isgrove MF 8 0   Swindon Town   Yeovil   Wales Age 19 vs. Leeds United, Capital One Cup, 30 October 2012
Harrison Reed MF 30 0   Southampton
(on loan at   Fulham)
  Worthing   England U20 Age 18 vs. Barnsley, Capital One Cup, 27 August 2013 Mauricio Pochettino
Omar Rowe MF 2 0   Hayes & Yeading   Hackney Age 18 vs. Barnsley, Capital One Cup, 27 August 2013
Jake Sinclair FW 1 0 Free Agent   Bath Age 18 vs. Barnsley, Capital One Cup, 27 August 2013
Sam Gallagher FW 26 2   Blackburn Rovers   Crediton   England U20 Age 18 vs. Sunderland, Capital One Cup, 6 November 2013
Sam McQueen DF/MF 29 0   Southampton   Southampton   England U21 Age 19 vs. Sunderland, FA Cup, 15 February 2014
Matt Targett DF 63 1   Aston Villa   Eastleigh   England U21 Age 18 vs. Millwall, Capital One Cup, 26 August 2014 Ronald Koeman
Jake Hesketh MF 4 1   Southampton
(on loan at   Lincoln City)
  Stockport Age 18 vs. Manchester United, Premier League, 8 December 2014
Dominic Gape MF 1 0   Wycombe Wanderers   Burton Bradstock Age 20 vs. Everton, Premier League, 20 December 2014
Jason McCarthy DF 1 0   Millwall   Southampton Age 19 vs. Crystal Palace, Premier League, 26 December 2014
Ryan Seager FW 2 0   Yeovil Town
(on loan at   Havant & Waterlooville)
  Yeovil   England U20 call-up Age 18 vs. Crystal Palace, FA Cup, 24 January 2015
Olufela Olomola FW 1 0   Scunthorpe United
(on loan at   Carlisle United)
  London Age 19 vs. Sunderland, EFL Cup, 26 October 2016 Claude Puel
Josh Sims MF/FW 27 0   Southampton
(on loan at   New York Red Bulls)
  Yeovil   England U20 Age 19 vs. Everton, Premier League, 27 November 2016
Harry Lewis GK 3 0   Southampton   Shrewsbury   England U18 Age 19 vs. Norwich City, FA Cup, 7 January 2017
Michael Obafemi FW 10 2   Southampton   Dublin   Ireland Age 17 vs. Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League, 21 January 2018 Mauricio Pellegrino
Yan Valery DF 27 2   Southampton   Champigny-sur-Marne   France U18 Age 19 vs. Leicester City, Carabao Cup, 27 November 2018 Mark Hughes
Tyreke Johnson MF 3 0   Southampton
(on loan at   Woking)
  Swindon Age 20 vs. Arsenal, Premier League, 16 December 2018 Ralph Hasenhüttl
Kayne Ramsay DF 2 0   Southampton   London Age 18 vs. Manchester City, Premier League, 30 December 2018
Marcus Barnes FW 1 0   Southampton
(on loan at   Eastleigh)
  Reading Age 22 vs. Derby County, FA Cup, 5 January 2019
Callum Slattery MF 5 0   Southampton   Kidlington   England U20 Age 19 vs. Derby County, FA Cup, 5 January 2019


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  2. ^ "Montenegro U21 0-3 England U21". 7 September 2007. Retrieved 8 September 2007.
  3. ^ "Full Monte for U21s". 7 September 2007. Archived from the original on 17 February 2008. Retrieved 8 September 2007. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ Introduction to the Southampton Academy Archived 28 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Saints Programme". Southampton FC. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Andre Villas-Boas: Tottenham boss praises Southampton's academy". BBC Sport. 4 May 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Gallagher wonder strike seals U21 PL Cup win for Southampton". Premier League. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  8. ^ "2015/16 Development squad players". Southampton F.C. Retrieved 30 May 2016.

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