High Performance Program

Adelaide United is enhancing its focus on youth development with the launch of a new High Performance Program for children aged seven to 13.

The program is an expansion of the current Junior Development Program offering, which helps foster the development and growth of young players in a fun, inclusive and safe environment.

Under the leadership of the club’s Head of Junior Development, Marcelo Carrusca, the new High Performance Program will offer extra training twice per week with the club’s experienced junior coaches, focusing on both technical skills and overall player development.

The High Performance Program has been created to complement the training commitments at local South Australian clubs, focusing not only on skill development on-field but also nurturing well-rounded individuals off-field.

Participants will train throughout the year with 16 sessions per school term and have the opportunity to play friendly games and in national and international tournaments.


  • U8s: Born 2017 and 2016
  • U10s: Born 2015 and 2014
  • U12s: Born 2013 and 2012
  • U14s: Born 2011 and 2010.

Here are some key components of the program:

Training Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays, twice per week, eight weeks per term, totaling 16 training sessions per term.

Year-Round Commitment: A commitment to the program for the entire year.

Opportunity for Tournaments: Opportunity to participate in national and international tournaments.

Friendly Games: Regular friendly games are scheduled throughout the year.

Player Assessments: Comprehensive player assessments at the beginning and end of the program.

Workshops: Workshops on various aspects including wellbeing, nutrition, and more.

Training conducted by AUFC First Team Players: Exclusive opportunities for players to be coached by Adelaide United’s first-team members.

Specialised Goalkeeper Training: Dedicated goalkeeper training sessions once per week.

Game Day Experience: Immersive matchday experiences for young players.

In order to be involved in the High Performance Program, prospective participants must register for the Junior Development Program and be selected from one of two trials at Coopers Stadium or Wednesday 17 January.

Click HERE to register for the Junior Development Program in Term 1 2024.