The Southern United Girls Academy is for girls aged 12-17 in Football South that are looking for a football challenge throughout the year and are looking to learn and grow holistically as a footballer. The Southern United Academy has two squads; U15 and U18. 

SUW U18 Development Team 

This team is aimed at players U18. Players in this team will train twice a week starting in August leading up to the National Youth Development League. At the end of the development team's campaign those involved in the Women's wider squad will be invited to continue to train with the senior team. Players not involved in the womens squad will have the opportunity to train with the academy once the development squads' campaign has finished. However, they will not be eligible for the U15 tournament taking place in December. We aim to organise friendly games for these players after their National Youth Development League campaign ends. 

The National Youth Development League was proposed last year by New Zealand Football and replaces NAGT. It mirrors the National Women's League and will be seen as the pinnacle competition for this age group. Players chosen to represent Southern united in this league will play against the best players in the U18 age bracket from the different federations. Players will also gain experience travelling as a team and being a part of a high-performance enviroment. We believe this will provide a great foundation for those players who aspire to play in the national Women's league. Players selected for this squad will get to train at the same time and location as the senior squad which allows for a visible pathway for future endeavours. 

U15 Southern United Academy 

We hope to have four academy programs mirroring each other this year one in each region. Each academy squad one within each region is for players with poetential who are U15. 

  • Dunedin 
  • Southland 
  • South Canterbury 

Players in each of these squads will train twice a week starting at the end of September within their regions. Players in the Academy will have a chance to be selected for a tournament in December. 

We look to provide girls in the Football South Federation the opportunity to:

The Southern United Girls Academy offers opportunities such as:

  • High quality training 
  • Professional Physio and Treatment 
  • July camp
  • Nutritional Infomation 
  • Strength and Conditioning Programs 
  • Relevant Fit4Football Infomation 
  • Injury Prevention 
  • Regional Tournaments 
  • Opportunity to play in the National Women's Development League 

And of course train throughout the year as a member of the Southern United Academy!


Please note:

  • Please make sure you come to the I.D. Game Day strapped and treated by your physio if required. There will be no physio on site during trials.
  • By registering to our trials, this does not confirm immediate selection. Post trials the U15 and U17 squads for 2021 will be emailed out to all trial attendants and then posted on our social media outlets

You must attend one of the trials in order to be selected into the Academy immediately. If you are unable to attend our trials and you wish to be up for selection into the academy, please get in touch with Jess Fuller at [email protected]

If you are interested in being involved in this environment as a coach, please complete the below expression of interest. This is a fantastic opportunity for coaches that are looking to develop and add an additional challenge to their coaching by working with players in a development focused environment.