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Ajax Youth Academy
Ajax Amsterdam.svg
Full name AFC Ajax Youth Academy
Nickname(s) Ajax Jeugdopleiding
Founded 18 March 1900
Ground De Toekomst, Amsterdam
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Netherlands Hennie Henrichs
Manager Netherlands Wim Jonk
Website Club home page

The Ajax Youth Academy is a football youth academy based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, from where the organization manages a total of 15 youth teams (ages 7-18). The academy is the primary youth clinic of Dutch footballing giants Ajax Amsterdam.[1][2]


The Ajax youth system is famous for having produced many great Dutch internationals like Sjaak Swart, Johan Cruijff, Frank Rijkaard, Dennis Bergkamp, Frank and Ronald de Boer, Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf, and Patrick Kluivert, as well as current Oranje regulars Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, John Heitinga, Nigel de Jong, Maarten Stekelenburg, and Gregory van der Wiel.[3]


Notable former players[edit]

Ajax Online Academy[edit]

The inside knowledge about Ajax training is unique. Central within the club is the style of play (4-3-3, with goalkeeper[7]), training, behavior and house rules. Ajax strives to keep the way of playing football recognizable; attractive, offensive-minded, creative, fast, fair and preferably far away from the own goal on the opponents’ half.

Ajax has developed the so-called TIPS model, which stands for Technique, Insight, Personality and Speed. For each part there are ten criteria. P and S are generally innate properties, but I and T can always be developed further. Ajax coaching sessions always consists of 8 important football ingredients. Together with TIPS, they form the core to the Ajax success philosophy.[8]

1. Coordination training 2. Kicking, Passing and Throw-in 3. Moves to beat an opponent 4. Heading 5. Finishing 6. Position play 7. Position Game play 8. Small sided games


Youth teams

Level Team Age League Cup International
A-juniors A1 18-19 Nike Eredivisie A-juniors Cup UEFA Youth League
A2 .A-juniors Eerste Divisie
B-juniors B1 16-17 B-juniors Eredivisie B-juniors Cup
B2 .B-juniors Eerste Divisie
C-juniors C1 14-15 C-juniors Eredivisie C-juniors Cup
C2 .C-juniors Eerste Divisie
D-pupils D1 12-13 D-pupils Eredivisie D-pupils Cup
D2 .D-pupils Eerste Divisie
D3 .D-pupils Tweede Divisie
E-pupils E1 10-11 E-pupils Eredivisie E-pupils Cup
E2 .E-pupils Eerste Divisie
E3 .E-pupils Tweede Divisie
F-pupils F1 8-9 F-pupils Eredivisie F-pupils Cup
F2 .F-pupils Eerste Divisie
F3 .F-pupils Tweede Divisie

Competition history[edit]

Board and staff[edit]

Current Staff[edit]


  • Netherlands Hennie Henrichs

Head coach

Technical Director (upper-level A-C)

Technical Director (mid-level A-C)

  • Netherlands Patrick Ladru

Technical Director (lower-level D-F)

  • Netherlands Michel Hordijk

List of Technical Directors[edit]

Seasons upper-level
A to C
D to F
2006–07 Maarten Stekelenburg Patrick Ladru
2007–08 Maarten Stekelenburg Patrick Ladru
2008–09 Patrick Ladru
2009–10 Patrick Ladru
2010–11 Edmond Claus
A to C
A to C
D to F
2011–12 Wim Jonk Michel Kreek Michel Hordijk
2012–13 Wim Jonk Michel Kreek Michel Hordijk
2013–14 Wim Jonk Patrick Ladru Michel Hordijk


Youth/A1&A2 squad[edit]

As of 30 June 2014.[9][10]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Netherlands GK Indy Groothuizen
Netherlands GK Joost Meendering
Netherlands GK Stan van Bladeren
Netherlands GK Mike Grim
Netherlands DF Terry Lartey Sanniez
Belgium DF Nathan Leyder
Netherlands DF Shaquill Sno
Netherlands DF Leon Bergsma
Netherlands DF Noussair Mazraoui
Netherlands DF Mauro Savastano
Netherlands DF Teun van Zweeden
Netherlands MF Donny van de Beek
Netherlands MF Jordy Bruijn
Czech Republic MF Václav Černý
Greece MF James Efmorfidis
No. Position Player
Netherlands MF Aschraf El Mahdioui
Netherlands MF Abdelhak Nouri
Denmark MF Markus Bay
Netherlands MF Damil Dankerlui
Netherlands MF Carel Eiting
Netherlands MF Philippe Sandler
Netherlands MF Melvin Vissers
Netherlands MF Furkan Kurban
Netherlands FW Vince Gino Dekker
Netherlands FW Adham El Idrissi
Netherlands FW Ezra Walian
Netherlands FW Zakaria El Azzouzi
Turkey FW Samet Bulut
Netherlands FW Pelle Clement
Iceland FW Óttar Magnús Karlsson
Netherlands FW Nabi Hakimzadeh

Youth/B1 squad[edit]

As of 30 June 2014.[11][12]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Netherlands GK Jeffrey de Lange
Netherlands GK Joe van der Sar
Netherlands DF Conner Blöte
Netherlands DF Jorg Ooievaar
Netherlands DF Deyovaisio Zeefuik
Netherlands DF Darren Sidoel
Netherlands DF Navajo Bakboord
Netherlands MF Matthijs de Ligt
Netherlands MF Zian Flemming
No. Position Player
Netherlands MF Dani Koks
Netherlands MF Azor Matusiwa
Netherlands MF Reda Boultam
Netherlands MF Dani de Wit
Denmark FW Kaspar Dolberg
Netherlands FW Che Nunnely
Netherlands FW Donyell Malen
Netherlands FW Kaj Sierhuis
Netherlands FW Mees de Wit

Youth/B2 squad[edit]

As of 30 June 2014.[13][14]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Netherlands GK Nigel Bouman
Netherlands GK Tijs te Duits
Netherlands DF James Fofana
Netherlands DF Ruben Hoogenhout
Netherlands DF Gianni Jessurun
Netherlands DF Lars Kramer
Netherlands DF Dehninio Muringen
Netherlands DF Jasper ter Heide
Netherlands DF Ramiz Zerrouki
No. Position Player
Netherlands MF Noa Benninga
Netherlands MF Rayan El Azrak
Netherlands MF Ari Halou
Netherlands MF Noa Lang
Netherlands MF Deabeas Owusu-Sekyere
Netherlands MF Viktor van der Linde
Netherlands FW Martijn Kaars
Netherlands FW Justin Kluivert
Netherlands FW Anderson Lopez
Netherlands FW Arquinio Bel


Sportcomplex De Toekomst[edit]

Main article: Sportpark De Toekomst

Sportcomplex De Toekomst is the training grounds of AFC Ajax, with a capacity of 5,000 it serves as home grounds for the reserves team Jong Ajax, its women's team Ajax Vrouwen, its amateur team Ajax Zaterdag as well as for the full youth system. The entire complex consists of seven fields and a trainings center.[15]

adidas miCoach Performance Centre[edit]

Established in 2011, the adidas MiCoach Performance Centre is situated on Sportpark De Toekomst. Built by Poly-Ned, it teaches football innovation and training methods and is used by both the first team, as well as the youth teams.[16] Here the players are trained in a scientific manner based on motion analytics to enhance speed, distance, dribbling, heading and shooting.[17] On 28 October 2013 the ceiling of the main hall og the facility had collapsed, which the club in turn had to have rebuilt.[18]


National titles[edit]

  • A-junioren Eredivisie : 13
1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14
  • A-junioren Eerste Divisie : 4
2004–05, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11
  • B-junioren Eredivisie : 4
2002–03, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2011–12
  • B-junioren Eerste Divisie : 1
  • C-junioren Algeheel landskampioen : 1
  • C-junioren Eerste Divisie : 2
2008–09, 2011–12
  • C 2 kampioen : 2
2009–10, 2011–12
  • D-junioren Algeheel landskampioen : 1
  • D-junioren Eerste Divisie : 7
2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2010–11, 2011–12
  • D 2 District West 1 kampioen : 4
2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2010–11
  • D 3 kampioen : 1
  • E 1 kampioen : 1
  • E 2 kampioen : 2
2009–10, 2010–11
  • E 3 kampioen : 1
  • F 1 kampioen : 2
2009–10, 2010–11

National cups[edit]

  • A-junioren Cup : 1
  • B-junioren Cup : 2
2008–09, 2012–13
  • D-junioren Cup : 1
  • F-pupillen District Cup : 1

Dutch Super Cup[edit]

  • A-junioren Supercup : 4
2005, 2006, 2011, 2014
  • B-junioren Supercup : 2
2009, 2012
  • C-junioren Supercup : 2
2012, 2014
  • D-junioren Supercup : 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Academy". Ajax.nl. 15 March 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  2. ^ "Ajax Academy". Footyscene.com. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  3. ^ Hamilton, Chloe (1995-10-22). "Lessons of the Dutch school - Sport". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  4. ^ "Grooming talent the Ajax way". FIFA.com. 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  5. ^ "How a Soccer Star Is Made". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  6. ^ "Ajax Youth Academy". Premier International Tours. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  7. ^ "AFC Ajax Playing Philosophy". The Coaching Manual. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Train de vereniging cursus | Trainer cursussen | Cursussen". Ajax Online Academy. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  9. ^ "Ajax A1". English.ajax.nl. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  10. ^ "Ajax A1 squad". Ajax Showtime. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  11. ^ "Ajax B1". English.ajax.nl. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  12. ^ "Ajax B1 squad". Ajax Showtime. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  13. ^ "Ajax B2". English.ajax.nl. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  14. ^ "Ajax B2 squad". Ajax Showtime. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  15. ^ De Toekomst, ajaxinside.nl, 28 October 2013
  16. ^ Ajax en adidas starten performance centre, Zuidoost, 17 January 2011
  17. ^ adidas miCoach Centre in beeld, ajax.nl, 29 April 2011
  18. ^ adidas-hal op de Toekomst ingezakt, ajax.nl, 28 October 2013

External links[edit]

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