How does the Academy work?

About FUYA & Counties Football:

The Franklin United Youth Academy (FUYA, pronounced foo-yah) was established in 2018 to provide quality training for talented 9-17yo players in the Franklin region.  We form 1-2 teams in each age group which play in AFF/NFF competitions, aiming for a spot in higher divisions (Metro, Conference or Premier).

Franklin United has a full-time Director of Football, Ben Fletcher, who oversees the Academy and works with our qualified coaches to deliver the Academy programme, supported by the Franklin Board and administration staff.

Franklin Utd and Manurewa AFC are merging their respective academies FUYA and SAE (South Auckland Elite) in a new partnership called ‘Counties Football’.  This will be a staggered roll-out across age groups, starting in 2020 with teams in Boys U13-U14-U15 and Girls U13/14.  All other age groups will continue with their usual Academy (FUYA or SAE).

Young FUs U9 & U10 players attend training with FUYA coaches once a week at either Drury or Pukekohe and play for teams under their own club.  Please use this form to register your interest in FUYA training but register via MyComet to play in a club team with your usual club  (Drury, Pukekohe or Tuakau).

FUYA U11 Mixed, U12 Mixed, U16 Girls & U17 Boys players train 2-3 times a week with FUYA coaches & play in FUYA teams under Franklin Utd at Drury.  Please use this form to register your interest in FUYA training and if you are selected for a FUYA team, you will be directed later to register via MyComet in Franklin Utd.

Counties Football U13, U14 & U15 Boys and U13/14 Girls players train 3 times a week with Counties Football (FUYA & SAE) coaches & play in Counties Football teams.  Training & game days will be shared between Drury & Manurewa grounds.  While Counties Football is a joint entity governed equally by Franklin Utd & Manurewa AFC, for administration purposes, please use this form to register your interest and if you are selected for a Counties Football team, you will be directed later to register via MyComet in Franklin Utd, selecting memberships that denote your home club (Drury, Pukekohe, Tuakau or Manurewa).

We appreciate that these changes and the multiple programmes can be confusing so if you have any questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Contact our Club Administrator Angela Munro:

Download Terms & Conditions – Franklin Terms & Conditions – Club Run Programmes

Please attend all trials for the correct age group. If you can’t attend please let us know after doing registration.

Registrations close 31st Jan 2020.

Franklin United Youth Academy


Academy trials are held at the beginning of each year.

2020 Trials

Trials have been held already.

Academy Registration

Academy Trials are held at the beginning of each year.

Registration Form

FUYA Registration Form


Squad players train from February to December at one of the football facilities across Franklin. The training nights and location for each squad are determined by pitch and coach availability.

2020 Fees

If selected to represent Franklin United this season, the cost to be involved are as follows:

Fees are now an annual amount which covers Terms 1-4.

The annual fee is $1,200 which covers coaching fees and club membership fees
(not training kit fee). The fee must be paid in full by 29th February 2020.
There is also the option for fees to be paid in 3 equal installments at the start of
Terms 1, 2 & 3 (which will also cover Term 4) or by weekly APs so long as full
payment is received by 30th June.

Part-time players will pay the same coaching fees but Membership fees are paid
to their own club. They will receive the same benefits as a full-time Academy
player but will play game days for their respective club. There will be
opportunities for part-time players to play for Franklin United during season
and/or in tournaments.

SKILLS CENTRE PLUS refers to the Young FUs!

Young FUs are U9s and U10s players in 2020. We are aligning with NZ Football
to create pathways for our Junior players in their formative years.

The Young FUs fee is $400 for the year (Terms 1-4, excluding kit) for weekly
training sessions with FUYA coaches. They remain with their member clubs for
game day teams and pay their club membership to their member club as usual
(Drury, Pukekohe or Tuakau).

For payment plan information, please contact

For payments our bank account is:

Franklin United Football Club Incorporated

ASB Pukekohe – 12-3023-0044974-01


Unsure of sizing? Check out the Joma sizing chart »
The Joma sizes are quite a small a fit so please check the chart. You will likely find you need to order a size larger than usual, or even two sizes larger if you like a loose fit. If you’ve already sent in your kit order form, don’t worry, just let us know if you need to change your size by emailing

How to order the FUYA Kit

Fill in our online form below, pop full payment into our account and we will notify you when it has been ordered and again when it is ready for collection.

Franklin United Football Club Incorporated
ASB Pukekohe
Please reference your payment with SURNAME, SQUAD AGE, KIT (eg. Smith, 14, Kit)

Kit Order Form

Kit Order Form

Skills Centre

Franklin United is proud to deliver the only Skills Centre Plus programme in the far south of the Federation.

About Skills Centre Plus

Skills Centre Plus is open to players from any club, you don’t have to play for Franklin United, Drury UFC or Pukekohe AFC.

Skills Centre Plus is an NZF-accredited club-based Talent Development Programme for 9-12 year olds, which, along with playing in a premier youth competitions, is one way for players to be identified for inclusion in the AFF Federation Talent Centre (FTC) programme, which in turn is the pathway into the NZ Football National Talent Centre (NTC).


What is Franklin United Football Academy (FUYA)?

This has been set up to provide the Franklin community the opportunity for ambitious and potential footballers to follow an elite footballing pathway (All Whites, USA University Scholarship etc.).

Who and what ages does FUYA cater for?

This has been set up for local Franklin kids, from Bombay, to Mercer, to Drury, to Awhitu. Academy age group starts with the Young FU’s (9/10th Grade) and goes up to 17th grade.

Where do the Academy teams play?

The teams will play for Franklin United in the highest AFF competition possible, but can only be registered with Pukekohe AFC or Drury United Football Club.

There have been many questions about which divisions the FUYA teams will play in and we have sought clarification from the Auckland Football Federation (AFF) to make sure we  are clear on what’s in store for our players each weekend.

The FUYA 14th, 15th and 16th Grade teams will all play in their age group Conference division and that spot is theirs for the whole season. The 14th-17th Grade Metro and Conference leagues do not have a grading round – whatever division teams start the season in is the division they stay in all season.  Table standings are assessed at the end of the season in November to decide next year’s positions, and 1-2 teams per division will be promoted or relegated.

13th Grade is a little different – 24 teams from last season’s top divisions in both Auckland and Northland Football Federations have a pre-season grading tournament to determine for Metro & Conference divisions.  These teams remain in those divisions for the rest of the season.

Can you be part of the Academy but still play for your club?

There are opportunities for players who just want to be exposed to the academy development, but also play with their friends at their local club (not for Franklin United).

How much does it cost?

The academy fees are in line with all other elite Auckland footballing academies.  Please click here to see our Academy Fees.

Is there trials?

The trials were held in February.

What if we can’t afford to put our child through the Academy?

There are funding opportunities available and kids can be selected with a reference from your local club and completing a process with Franklin United. This is to help kids that may not be able to afford the fees.

I may have trouble getting my child to and from training’s three times a week

We are potentially looking at providing a mini bus to assist in getting players to and from training.

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