Open Trials

SAFC Academy Opportunities for 5-16 year olds

Do you dream of playing for Sunderland AFC? If so, sign up for our Open Trials!

Held twice a year for players aged five to 16 years who have ambitions to progress into elite football, participants will be observed by Foundation of Light coaches and club recruitment staff.

Each player will receive individual feedback about their performance, with all players signposted to additional opportunities and the most promising being referred to the Foundation led Player Development Squads and the Academy of Light for possible further training.

Through our girls open trials, budding female players will be signposted to our girls only sessions, advanced coaching centres, Player Development Squads or Sunderland Regional Talent Club trials.


Our Open Trials provide youngsters with a great opportunity of accessing facilities and coaching of the highest quality.

The overall ambition of the participants is to become a SAFC Academy player but our alternative signposting opportunities ensure every participant has the opportunity to stay involved in the game at all levels.

Ian Dipper, Evening & Weekend Coordinator


Summer Open Trials






16 Aug-17 Aug PDS Open Trials Harton Technology College, NE34 6DL 10am-3pm School Years 2-6 Enquire

Our Open Trials are an opportunity for youngsters to showcase their ability in a professional and safe environment, Be assessed and signposted to relevant Foundation programmes on our Player Pathway, take part in a series of games and coaching sessions and receive email feedback on their performance.

Plus scouts from Sunderland AFC will be in attendance, with opportunities for recruitment into their academy.


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