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Ajax Youth Academy
Ajax Amsterdam.svg
Full name AFC Ajax Youth Academy
Nickname(s) De Toekomst
Founded 18 March 1900
Ground De Toekomst, Amsterdam
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Netherlands Hennie Henrichs
Manager Netherlands Saïd Ouaali
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 13 youth teams (ages 7–18). The academy is the primary youth clinic of Dutch footballing giants Ajax Amsterdam.[1][2]

History[edit]

The Ajax youth system is famous for having produced and still producing many great Dutch internationals like Sjaak Swart, Johan Cruijff, Frank Rijkaard, Dennis Bergkamp, Frank and Ronald de Boer, Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert, Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, John Heitinga, Nigel de Jong, Maarten Stekelenburg, and Gregory van der Wiel.[3][4][5][6]

Notable former players[edit]

Ajax Online Academy[edit]

Central is the style of play (4-3-3, with goalkeeper[7]), training, behavior and house rules.

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

Teams[edit]

Youth teams

Level Team Age League Cup International
A-juniors A1 -19 Nike Eredivisie A-juniors Cup UEFA Youth League
B-juniors B1 -17 B-juniors Eredivisie B-juniors Cup
C-juniors C1 -15 C-juniors Eredivisie C-juniors Cup
C2 .C-juniors Eerste Divisie
D-pupils D1 -13 D-pupils Eredivisie D-pupils Cup
D2 .D-pupils Eerste Divisie
E-pupils E1 -11 E-pupils Eredivisie E-pupils Cup
E2 .E-pupils Eerste Divisie
F-pupils F1 -9 F-pupils Eredivisie F-pupils Cup
F2 .F-pupils Eerste Divisie

Competition history[edit]

Board and staff[edit]

Current Staff[edit]

Chairman

  • Netherlands Hennie Henrichs

Head coach

Technical Director (upper-level A-C)

  • Netherlands Saïd Ouaali

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
lower-level
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
upper-level
A to C
mid-level
A to C
lower-level
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

Players[edit]

U19/A1 squad[edit]

As of 1 August 2016.

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 Joe van der Sar
Netherlands GK Nick Plomper
Netherlands GK Nigel Bouman
Netherlands DF Darren Sidoel
Netherlands DF Conner Blöte
Netherlands DF Navajo Bakboord
Netherlands DF Boy Kemper
Netherlands DF Mitchel Bakker
Netherlands DF Jasper ter Heide
Netherlands MF Zian Flemming
Netherlands MF Dani de Wit
No. Position Player
Netherlands MF Reda Boultam
Netherlands MF Noa Benninga
Netherlands MF Noa Lang
Netherlands FW Mees de Wit
Netherlands FW Kaj Sierhuis
Netherlands FW Ché Nunnely
Netherlands FW Martijn Kaars
Netherlands FW Justin Kluivert
Netherlands FW Anderson Lopez

Accommodations[edit]

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.[9]

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.[10] Here the players are trained in a scientific manner based on motion analytics to enhance speed, distance, dribbling, heading and shooting.[11] On 28 October 2013 the ceiling of the main hall og the facility had collapsed, which the club in turn had to have rebuilt.[12]

Honours[edit]

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
2006–07
  • C-junioren Algeheel landskampioen : 1
2011–12
  • C-junioren Eerste Divisie : 2
2008–09, 2011–12
  • C 2 kampioen : 2
2009–10, 2011–12
  • D-junioren Algeheel landskampioen : 1
2011–12
  • 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
2009–10
  • E 1 kampioen : 1
2004–05
  • E 2 kampioen : 2
2009–10, 2010–11
  • E 3 kampioen : 1
2009–10
  • F 1 kampioen : 2
2009–10, 2010–11

National cups[edit]

  • A-junioren Cup : 1
2009–10
  • B-junioren Cup : 2
2008–09, 2012–13
  • D-junioren Cup : 1
2012–13
  • F-pupillen District Cup : 1
2009–10

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
2010

See also[edit]

References[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. ^ De Toekomst, ajaxinside.nl, 28 October 2013
  10. ^ Ajax en adidas starten performance centre, Zuidoost, 17 January 2011
  11. ^ adidas miCoach Centre in beeld, ajax.nl, 29 April 2011
  12. ^ adidas-hal op de Toekomst ingezakt, ajax.nl, 28 October 2013

External links[edit]

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