The prime purpose of the recruitment programme is to identify talented players who demonstrate the capability, desire and potential to meet the high standards required to become a professional player at Oxford United Football Club. The recruitment team will work collectively with our coaches to prioritise the identification of players within the three phases of the player pathway. This process is player centered, focusing on the identification of players able to excel in one or more of the four corners associated to player development and, where possible predominantly recruit from a catchment area within Oxfordshire.

The strategy will be collaborative in nature, planned and aligned to the profiles through each of the development phases where appropriate.


The Pre-Academy is a development programme designed to identify, assess and nurture local talented individuals between 6 - 8 years of age. The primary aim is to develop technically gifted individuals for our U9’s squads who become accustomed to the club’s culture and playing philosophy through weekly training sessions and games, allowing for an easy transition into the Academy way of life.

The major emphasis of the programme is technical development. With the use of the clubs training facilities, and a structured coaching syllabus and our UEFA qualified Academy staff seek to increase player to ball contact time in a fun, inclusive and professional environment.


The Academy is always on the lookout for local talented young players. Should you or someone you know, wish to be considered for a trial please follow the procedure set forth below.

Players between 6 and 18 years old are asked to send their playing CV and cover letter to the Head of Academy Recruitment.

Please make sure to include the following:

  • Player Name
  • Player Date of Birth
  • Approx Height and Weight
  • Contact Address and Telephone Number
  • Current Club**
  • Previous Clubs
  • Details of Previous Trials
  • School Name
  • Player Position
  • Any Representative Honours
** Please include a fixture list of your current team making sure to include location and kick off time.

The application forms is here for you to download, which has all the details above in it also please complete medical form, if you meet the clubs player profiles we will be in contact to arrange an assessment, we then have everything on file.  Details Sheet & Medical Form

Upon receipt of your contact the recruitment department will make a decision as to whether a scout will attend your games.

Due to the high volume of correspondence we receive, we regret that we are unable to reply to all of the requests we receive. Please do not duplicate requests or repeatedly contact us.

We will keep all requests on file and will be in touch as we deem necessary.

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