City Football Academy
After four years of construction, the City Football Academy was officially opened in December 2014.
The regenerated 80-acre City Football Academy site was unveiled by the Club’s most decorated captain, Tony Book. The CFA stands adjacent to the Etihad Stadium and is part of the wider 200-acre site known as the Etihad Campus. The unveiling was overseen by Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and the Right Honourable George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, during his visit to the city.
The CFA was the product of six years of extensive research, development and construction involving thousands of people
The CFA was the product of six years of extensive research, development and construction involving thousands of people.
Since its opening in December 2014, sister clubs New York City FC and Melbourne City FC, as well as international teams including the Argentinian national squad, have trained at the City Football Academy, reinforcing its status as a world leading training facility.
The 7,000 capacity CFA stadium has played host to 38 games since the facility opened, and is the official home for MCWFC, the Elite Development Squad and Academy teams. Games are programmed in this stadium to complement the first team schedule so fans can enjoy two or even three games of football in one day on the Etihad Campus.
In April 2015, the England national team played China in a women’s international game that brought a crowd of 5,500 to the stadium.