Melbourne City Football Club is a professional football club that competes in the major Australian domestic competition, the Hyundai A-League, and the Foxtel National Youth League.
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 the 30,000 - capacity AAMI Park stadium in Melbourne. The Club’s training and administrative base is at City Football Academy, Melbourne, on the campus of La Trobe University.
The CFA Melbourne features advanced new training pitches for the Melbourne City first team, two 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, Melbourne City Women’s FC, which was founded in 2015 and competes in the W-League, the top division of women’s football in Australia.
Since becoming Melbourne City, the Club’s entire football operation has more than doubled in size, with a youth set-up expanded from one team to three, and a W-League team announced in May 2015 taking the total number of teams to five. The A-League team has qualified for consecutive semi-final appearances in the A-League, won the FFA Cup, and the W-League team won the double in its first season, and the Championship in its second.
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.
Through the Melbourne City College of Football, Melbourne City provides local Victorian schools with access to coaching resources from Melbourne City FC, in addition to coaching, elite training and commercial and community opportunities.
Led by Head of Academy, Joe Palatsides, 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.