Melbourne City Football Club is a professional football club that competes in the major Australian domestic competitions, the A-Leagues.
The Club, formerly known as Melbourne Heart FC, was established in 2009, inspired by a vision for a broad-based community team, celebrating cultural diversity and sporting passion through football.
Becoming known as Melbourne City FC in 2014, the Club is wholly owned by the City Football Group and plays its home games at AAMI Park, a 30,000-capacity stadium in the heart of Melbourne’s sporting precinct.
Since its inception, the Club has built a reputation as one of Australia’s best on and off the pitch with a proud history of youth development and on-pitch success for both men’s and women’s teams.
Melbourne City has secured several trophies in recent years with an A-League Men’s Championship (2020/21), two A-League Men’s Premierships (2020/21, 2021/22) and one FFA Cup (2016).
The women’s team, which formed in 2015, have been crowned A-League Women’s Champions four times (2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2019/20) as well as A-League Women’s Premiers twice (2015/16, 2019/20).
Managed by Club legend, Patrick Kisnorbo, the Club’s training and administrative base is now located at Casey Fields in Melbourne’s southeast – following a relocation from the Club’s former training ground, CFA Melbourne (Bundoora) in July 2021.
A brand-new City Football Academy is currently being constructed in Casey Fields, and once completed will become one of Australia’s best sporting facilities.
The new CFA Melbourne features advanced new training pitches for the Melbourne City first teams, elite youth team pitches, dedicated community pitches, world-class medical and sports science facilities, and expansive office space. It is also CFG’s centre for football operations in the Asia Pacific region and the training and administration base for the affiliated Women’s team, which was founded in 2015.
Melbourne City FC commenced its inaugural campaign in October 2015, after Football Australia confirmed the Club’s application for entry into the women’s domestic competition in May 2015.
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During their inaugural season, the team earned Invincibles status with a 100 per cent record, winning 12 consecutive league matches and clinching the Premiers Plate and securing an historic double by winning the 2016 Grand Final.
In 2017, they made history again when they won the Grand Final for a second consecutive year; the first team in the competition to win back-to-back titles. In 2018, the team went one further, entering the realms of sporting elite in completing a fairy-tale three-peat under the direction of former City captain (and current Men’s Head Coach), Patrick Kisnorbo.
In 2020, City re-wrote the record books under Head Coach Rado Vidosic, becoming the first team in the competition’s history to win four Championship titles after they secured their second invincible season with the Premiership and Championship double after defeating Sydney FC 1-0 at AAMI Park in the 2019/20 Grand Final.
Melbourne City FC’s Academy Program was introduced in 2016, when two additional development squads were established to provide a pathway for talented young Victorians.
The Club’s youth system includes the National Youth League, National Premier Leagues Seniors and U20 teams, while the Academy squads for U11–U19 players are provided with training, coaching and development opportunities within a professional environment at the City Football Academy.
Melbourne City’s National Youth League team delivered the Club’s first trophy in February 2015, winning the Youth League on the final day of the season. Two years later the NYL team defeated Sydney FC to win the same trophy for the second time.