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Report: Football Academies - Manchester United, Chelsea And Everton Provide The Most Players To English Football Pyramid

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In our second part of our extensive ‘Academies’ investigation in English Football, BettingOdds.com has taken a further look into the Premier League and Football League to see which clubs academies have ultimately provided the most players into the current football system in England.

Thirteen-time Premier League champions Manchester United have produced 71 footballers that are participating in the 2021/22 season in the top tier, Championship, League One and League Two combined, topping the list. The top five is completed with Chelsea (52), Tottenham Hotspur and Everton (46), and Manchester City and Arsenal (45). Interestingly, Championship relegation battlers Reading find themselves in a lofty position, having provided 42 players from their academy across all four divisions, marginally beating the likes of Liverpool, West Ham United and Aston Villa, who also all feature in the top ten for club contribution to English Football based on academies that have provided players.

While Manchester United also place number one for academy players (22) in the Championship (having not been in the second division since 1975), it is Everton that League One and League Two teams can thank, with the Toffees providing the most players to each tier, alongside Tottenham Hotspur (16) and Exeter City (13), respectively.

The results make for some riveting reading that highlights the underlying power forces in English football and have been compiled into the following categories:

Part II:

  • Countries’ Contribution to English Football based on Academies that have provided players (outside of England);
  • Clubs’ Contribution to English Football based on Academies that have provided players;
  • Clubs’ Contribution to English Football based on Academies that have provided players in each Division of the Football League.

Please note, due to its ongoing activity, January transfers have not been considered.

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Countries’ Contribution to English Football based on Academies that have provided players (outside of England)

country number of academy players
1. France 77
2. Scotland 60
3. Wales 55
4. Ireland 47
5. Spain 42
6. Holland 34
7. Brazil 30
8. Germany 28
9. Portugal 28
10. Denmark 21

Clubs’ Contribution to English Football based on Academies that have provided players

academy number of players
1. Manchester United 71
2. Chelsea 52
3. = Tottenham Hotspur 46
3. = Everton 46
5. = Manchester City 45
5. = Arsenal 45
7. Reading 42
8. West Ham United 39
9. Liverpool 36
10. = Blackburn Rovers 34
10. = Aston Villa 34
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Clubs’ Contribution to English Football based on Academies that have provided the most players in each Division of the Football League


academy number of players
1. Manchester United 22
2. Manchester City 21
3. Reading 18
4. Chelsea 16
5. Arsenal 15
6. = Birmingham City 14
6. = Blackburn Rovers 14
6. = Derby County 14
9. = Sheffield United 13
9. = West Ham United 13

League One

academy number of players
1. = Everton 16
1. = Tottenham Hotspur 16
3. = Crewe Alexandra 15
3. = Manchester United 15
5. = Manchester City 13
5. = Reading 13
5. = Wolverhampton Wanderers 13
8. = Arsenal 12
8. = Plymouth Argyle 12
10. AFC Wimbledon 11

League Two

academy number of players
1. = Everton 13
1. = Exeter City 13
3. = Manchester United 12
3. = Scunthorpe United 12
3. = Tottenham Hotspur 12
6. = Birmingham City 11
6. = Leyton Orient 11
8. = Blackburn Rovers 10
8. = Middlesbrough 10
10. Aston Villa 9
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