The Neil Young Football Academy

Neil Young

Neil started his professional footballing career at Tottenham Hotspur, where he captained the youth side. He spent seven years at Tottenham before moving to AFC Bournemouth where he played over 500 games.

After retiring from the professional game, Neil relocated to Adelaide and established himself as a well-respected coach.

In 2009, in his first year as seniors coach, Neil guided Cumberland United FC to Grand Final victory and promotion to the Super League. For this achievement, he was awarded FFSA Coach of The Year.

Neil holds an FFA B Coaching Diploma and is Cumberland United FC’s current Junior Technical Director responsible for all junior player development matters and junior coach oversight.

The NYFA is open to players in the U5/U6, U7/8, U9/10, U11/12, and U13/U14 age groups, with all participants being eligible for consideration to represent NYFA in the Adelaide Academy League (AAL) tournament. Additionally, players may be evaluated for potential involvement in interstate and international tournaments organized by the academy.

Our Coaches

Jody Loomes

Jody played for Leyton Orient as a schoolboy, before completing his apprenticeship at the club. After Orient, he spent a year as a professional at Cambridge United in the UK before heading to the US to play for 4 years in New York.

On his return to the UK he played for several high- profile non-league clubs including Dagenham and Redbridge, Enfield Town and Billericay Town. Jody holds various junior coaching course badges.

Rajan Subramaniam

Raj worked for the Singapore Football federation as General Manager for Youth and Head of Youth management for nearly a decade.

He holds an AFC ‘B’ License and earned his BSC Hons degree in Sports Science from the prestigious Loughborough University.

Daniel Stuart

Dan is an accredited FSA Coach and holds a diploma in fitness, sport and recreation management.

In 2010-11, Dan worked at Fulham Academy where he delivered dynamic movement, agility, speed and strength programs to young professional footballers.

Dan played for the Foxes 2009 League and FSA Cup winning team. He also had spells at Modbury Jets and South Adelaide.

Neven Antic

Neven has over 19 years of experience in the fitness industry and is the owner of D8 Training. He holds Personal Trainer Certificate III & IV and is a Nutrition & Diet Exercise Professional.

Neven’s expertise lies in working with young athletes who are serious about their sport and want to maximize their potential.

Our Vision, Mission & Philosophy

“Every aspiring young footballer deserves the opportunity to achieve their full potential!”

Our Vision

Our vision is to cultivate proficient young footballers, ensuring their holistic development for seamless integration into senior football. We aspire to be acknowledged as the premier choice for aspiring players in South Australia, emphasising excellence in player growth and character building.

We will continue to invest in our coaches, equipment and new technologies to enhance our reputation and improve performance in order to develop the players of the future.

Our Mission

The player is the focal point of the NYFA, and our mission is to identify, develop and support young footballers in order for them to achieve their maximum potential in a positive, supportive and professional learning environment.

We will embrace a competitive culture that encourages team-work and fun, whilst positively impacting on our young players.

Our Playing Philosophy

The philosophy of the NYFA is to focus on the basic fundamentals to enable our young players to play a purposeful passing style of football. This means that we will endeavor to equip our young players with the technical and tactical skills that will enable our teams to control and influence the game when in or out of possession.

We will create an environment where our players will have the athletic ability and mental strength to regain possession of the ball and consequently regain control of the game.

Our Academy values, behaviours and coaching methods will underpin this philosophy. We want our young players to learn how to play attack-minded football through a positive, purposeful and forward-thinking incisive passing game, exploiting the space and progressing through the pitch to create goal-scoring opportunities.

Academy Registration

The NYFA is open to players in the U5/U6, U7/8, U9/10, U11/12, and U13/U14 age groups, with all participants being eligible for consideration to represent NYFA in the Adelaide Academy League (AAL) tournament. Additionally, players may be evaluated for potential involvement in interstate and international tournaments organized by the academy.

Considering joining the academy? Prospective players are required to express their interest by filling out the contact form available on our website, after which they will receive an invitation to participate in a trial. Upon acceptance into the NYFA Elite or Development programs, players will be issued a unique code for complete registration.

Interested in joining the academy?

Considering joining the academy? Prospective players are required to express their interest by filling out the contact form available on our website, after which they will receive an invitation to participate in a trial. Upon acceptance into the NYFA Elite or Development programs, players will be issued a unique code for complete registration.