Sheffield United F.C. Academy
|Full name||Sheffield United Football Club Youth Academy|
|Nickname(s)||The Blades, Red & White Wizards|
|League||Professional Development League 2|
|2013–14||Premier Academy League 2 North, 7th|
The U18 team is the feeder team for the Reserves, where senior members of the team also make appearances. The Academy has also provided backup to the first team during player shortages. The Academy is currently run by Jamie Hoyland. Tony Walmsley is the current Head of Academy Recruitment. Sheffield United's youth system was given Academy status in December 2002. Sheffield United are one of the few clubs outside the top two tiers of English football to have Category 2 status Academy in the Elite Player Performance Plan.
The team plays at the Shirecliffe Ground at Firshill Crescent.
- As of 29 July 2014.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
List of Academy managers
|John Warnock and Ron Reid||England|||
|John Pemberton||England||23 March 2010||7 September 2012|||
|Jamie Hoyland||England||25 September 2012||5 December 2012|||
|Nick Cox||England||1 January 2013|
Notable Academy Graduates
Many players from the Sheffield United Academy go on to have careers in professional football, whether at Sheffield United or at other clubs. Current Sheffield United players are highlighted in green.
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- "Hoyland leaves Academy". Sheffield United FC Official Website. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2013.