About Melbourne City Football Club
Melbourne City Football Club competes in the major Australian domestic competition, the Hyundai A-League. The Club, formerly known as Melbourne Heart FC was established in 2009, inspired by a vision for a broad-based community team, celebrating cultural diversity and sporting passion through football.
Becoming known as Melbourne City FC in 2014, the Club is wholly owned by City Football Group (CFG) and plays its home games at the 30,000 capacity AAMI Park stadium in Melbourne, where the Club celebrated its first ever men’s silverware, the FFA Cup, in November 2016. Managed by Frenchman, Erick Mombaerts, the Club’s training and administrative base is at one of Australia’s leading club facilities, City Football Academy, Melbourne, on the campus of La Trobe University.
The City Football Academy, Melbourne, features advanced new training pitches for the Melbourne City first team, two elite women’s and youth team pitches, dedicated community pitches, world class medical and sports science facilities and expansive office space. It is also CFG’s centre for football operations in the Asia Pacific region and the training and administration base for the affiliated Women’s team, Melbourne City Women’s FC which was founded in 2015 and competes in the W-League, the top division of women’s football in Australia.
About Melbourne City Women
Melbourne City FC commenced its inaugural Westfield W-League campaign in October 2015, after Football Federation Australia confirmed the Club’s application for entry into the women’s domestic competition in May 2015.
In their inaugural season, the team completed the season with a 100 per cent record, winning 12 consecutive league matches and clinching the Premier’s Plate and securing an historic double, winning the 2016 Grand Final. In 2017, they made history again when they won the Grand Final for a second consecutive year; the first team in the competition to win back-to-back titles. In 2018, the team went one further, entering the realms of sporting elite in completing a fairy-tale three-peat under the direction of former City captain, Patrick Kisnorbo.
The W-League team is based at the W-League wing of the City Football Academy Melbourne, which was launched in November 2016.
About Melbourne City FC’s Youth Teams
Melbourne City FC also competes in Australia’s national youth development and reserve league and has been in the National Youth 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. In 2017, City secured its second youth championship in three years in another dramatic finale – with Braedyn Crowley’s double, including a last-minute winner, giving City a 3-2 win over Sydney FC (link).
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.