Parma F.C. Academy (it.Settore Giovanile) is the youth set-up of Parma Football Club, comprising eight squads divided by age group: Primavera, Allievi Nazionale and Allievi Regionali (who train at Centro Sportivo di Collecchio), and Giovanissimi Nazionali, Giovanissimi RegionaliEsordienti Regionali, Esordienti Provinciali and Pulcini (who train at Campi Stuard).
The Primavera is the Parma football team composed of footballers between 17 and 20 years old, which is the most senior youth category according to Italian football’s hierarchy. Each season, the Primavera squad is trialled for promotion to the first team before the beginning of the Serie A season. Players deemed ready for first team football are registered and given a first team squad number.
The team currently competes in the Italian Campionato Nazionale Primavera, which has been known as the Trofeo Giacinto Facchetti since 2006, but have never won the title. Parma failed to finish in the top five of their fourteen-team league, finishing sixth, and so were eliminated before the play-offs began in the 2010–11 season. The squad also compete in the Coppa Italia Primavera, the national Italian youth cup competition, but have also failed to win that competition and were knocked out in the second round in the 2010–11 season for the second consecutive year. Having won neither of the two Italian Primavera competitions, Parma have never competed in the Supercoppa Primavera.
The closest the team has come to a major honour was in the Torneo di Viareggio, a major youth tournament contested by teams from all over the world, succumbing to a 3–1 defeat at the hands of Brescia Calcio in 1996. Appearances in the third place play-off of that competition have ended in a 1988 win on penalties over A.C. Milan and a 1–0 defeat to Internazionale in 1989. The play-off was abolished in 2009, but Parma did manage a fourth semi-final appearance in 2012, losing 1–0 to Juventus F.C..