About Melbourne City Football Club
Melbourne City Football Club is a professional football club that competes in the major Australian domestic competition, the Hyundai A-League, the top tier of women’s football, the Westfield W-League, and the Foxtel National Youth League. The Club was formerly known as Melbourne Heart FC. Melbourne City FC is owned by a consortium involving the City Football Group (80%), which also owns English Premier League club Manchester City FC and Major League Soccer club New York City FC, and the ownership group of Australian National Rugby League side the Melbourne Storm (20%). Based at La Trobe University, Melbourne City FC’s home ground is AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia. Inspired by a vision for a broad based community team, celebrating cultural diversity and sporting passion through football, Melbourne Heart FC was established in 2009.
Experienced Head Coach John van't Schip leads Melbourne City FC - a club that prides itself on developing Australia's best young talent and has helped players transition from the Hyundai A-League to Newcastle United, AZ Alkmaar, the Turkish Super Lig and the top leagues in Asia. In the 2014/15 season, van’t Schip steered the team to a Semi-Final berth for the first time in the Club’s history, after entering the Finals Series on the back of a fifth-placed finish on the ladder at the conclusion of the regular season. The team also set a nine-match unbeaten record at home at AAMI Park, while Aaron Mooy (insert link) was the standout player, voted the Club’s Player of the Year, Etihad Supporters Player of the Year and the Club’s Golden Boot (7 goals, 7 assists). The team will compete in the 2015/16 season, which runs from October 2015 to May 2016.
Melbourne City FC will compete in the Westfield W-League for the first time in the 2015/16 season. On Wednesday 13 May 2015, Football Federation Australia confirmed Melbourne City FC’s application for entry into the women’s domestic competition had been accepted. The W-League team will be based at the City Football Academy, Melbourne, where it will train on the Club’s Academy Pitches at La Trobe University. Melbourne City FC appointed National Premier Leagues Head Coach Joe Montemurro as the Club’s W-League Head Coach, while the Club’s Game Development Officer and former Matilda Louisa Bisby will assume the role of Team Manager. The W-League commences in September 2015.
National Youth League
Melbourne City FC also competes in Australia’s national youth development and reserve league. The league runs in conjunction with the A-League between October and March. Melbourne City FC’s team is led by former NSL and Socceroo Joe Palatsides, who is the Club’s Head of Academy Coaching. The Club won the 2014/15 season in dramatic circumstances, claiming the title by the margin of goals scored on the final day of the campaign.
National Premier Leagues
Melbourne City FC commenced its inaugural National Premier Leagues 1 campaign in April 2015, where the Club's Foxtel National Youth League side competes from April to September. The team is led by Head Coach Joe Montemurro.
Our Home – City Football Academy, Melbourne
Melbourne City FC is based at the City Football Academy, Melbourne – which houses the headquarters of the Club and is the City Football Group’s centre for football operations in the Asia Pacific region. Unveiled in February 2015 and established on the campus of La Trobe University, the CFA Melbourne features advanced new training pitches for the Melbourne City FC first team, two elite youth team pitches, dedicated community pitches, world-class medical and sports science facilities and expansive new office space.
The world class AAMI Park stadium features a cutting-edge Bioframe design with a geodesic dome roof which substantially covers the seating area. The beauty of the design is that spectators will enjoy unobstructed views, free from pillars, walls or other support structures. This design required 50 per cent less steel than a typical stadium roof of the same size. Built on Edwin Flack field, AAMI Park rivals the world’s best in becoming a world-class event and sports administration complex. It also features a sports campus, including an elite training centre and office accommodation that rivals the world’s best. More information >