Brisbane Roar FC's recently formed Academy program has today been awarded 2-Star accreditation by Football Federation Australia (FFA).
The Roar Academy, along with Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory join Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers FC and Central Coast Mariners in obtaining 2-Star status under the new FFA system which is designed to increase the opportunities for young players by providing greater exposure to quality accredited coaches and a challenging football environment.
The rating is the highest possible awarded to Academy programs in Australia.
"It's credit to the work that our staff have put in behind the scenes over the past 12 months that Football Federation Australia (FFA) has recognised our new Academy program as one of just a handful of 2-Star Academies in Australia," BRFC Academy Director Drew Sherman said following today's announcement.
"Brisbane Roar FC has spoken for a long time about the importance of investing in our players of the future and as we've already publicised our program is the only no-fee Academy in Australia.
"Today provides us with further assurances that we can say with confidence the program is a leading environment for player development.
“This achievement confirms BRFC as the best Academy program in Queensland, and feedback from the FFA has outlined their belief that we are amongst the best in the country.
"However, the true test of any Academy is in the development of players for the professional team. Whilst this recognition is welcome news and reward for our hard work, Brisbane Roar FC's aim is to build upon our excellent recent track record and ensure an even larger number of young players are ready for our first team and hopefully the Socceroos of the future."
The Brisbane Roar FC Academy was awarded 2-Star accreditation following a rigorous application and auditing process to ensure the Club met the relevant criteria including full integration into their respective Member Federation National Premier League (NPL) competitions.
“After the accreditation of the three NSW based Hyundai A-League Academies in 2017 and their positive introduction in the Football NSW NPL junior competition, other Hyundai A-League Clubs expressed a great desire to create a quality development program meeting the FFA 2-Star Accreditation," Football Federation Australia National Technical Director Eric Abrams added.
"FFA hopes all nine Australian-based Hyundai A-League Clubs will develop 2-Star Club Academy programs by the end of 2019, which aligns with FFA’s four-year strategic plan wherein clubs are the heart of player development. For the future of Australian football, it is important that every young player identifies themselves with a club.”