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Report: Manchester United, City and…Reading? The Most Represented Academies In English Football

BettingOdds.com has conducted an extensive study into which academies currently provide the most to English football.
BettingOdds.com has conducted an extensive study into which academies currently provide the most to English football.

Hey, did you know that there are a total 92 teams in the English Premier League and Football League? Course you bloody did. Each football fan loves a homegrown hero, but sometimes that precious little bird needs to fly the eyrie, whether because it’s because they’ve outgrown the nest, been royally cuckooed, or simply not been fed enough. Not making it in the Premier League should surely not be considered a failure of a footballer, when your forte can be found in the Championship and beyond.

In a two-part series, BettingOdds.com has looked at every single player in English football from the start of the 2021/22 season to ultimately look at which clubs currently provide the most to the peak of the pyramid. And it’s taken a while, there are 2400 footballers’ origins to consider. The first part of our series covers each region in England (and Wales), with each club that constitutes that area and the football academies that presently supply the most players to that particular region. For example, in the North East, Sunderland just beats fierce Tyneside rivals Newcastle United for the number of players from their academy in the region with 11 to 9, while Manchester United provide the third most academy players to the East Midlands. Incredibly there are 201 different academies from across the globe represented by London clubs alone! The regions have been designated according to the BBC broadcasting specifications, with all information collected courtesy of the Premier League and the Football League.

The results have been compiled into the following categories:

Part I:

  • Regions in English Football Overview;
  • Most Represented Academy per Region in English Football;
  • Most Represented Academies for each Region.
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Map 1

Regions in English Football Overview

Region number of teams number of academies players originated from
East 9 121
East Midlands 6 97
London 14 201
North East 4 66
North West 20 200
South 4 68
South East 3 59
Wales 3 53
West & South West 7 113
West Midlands 11 142
Yorkshire & Lincolnshire 11 131

Most Represented Academy per Region in English Football

region most represented academy number of players
East Ipswich Town/ MK Dons 8
East Midlands Derby County 13
London Chelsea 19
North East Sunderland 11
North West Manchester United 33
South Southampton 7
South East Gillingham / Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Wales Swansea City 7
West & South West Exeter City 10
West Midlands Birmingham City 12
Yorkshire & Lincolnshire Leeds United/ Scunthorpe United/ Sheffield United 11
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Most Represented Academies for each Region


academy number of players
1. Ipswich Town/ MK Dons 8
2. Colchester United/ Reading/ Tottenham Hotspur 7
3. Peterborough United/ West Ham United 6
4. Charlton Athletic/ Fulham/ Manchester United 5

East Midlands

academy number of players
1. Derby County 13
2. Nottingham Forest 7
3. Leicester City/ Manchester United 5
4. Northampton Town 4


academy number of players
1. Chelsea 19
2. Arsenal 14
3. Reading 13
4. Tottenham Hotspur/ West Ham United 11
5. Leyton Orient 9
6. Millwall 8
7. Fulham 7
8. AFC Wimbledon/ Crystal Palace 6
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North East

academy number of players
1. Sunderland 11
2. Newcastle United 9
3. Middlesbrough 5
4. Norwich City 4

North West

academy number of players
1. Manchester United 33
2. Blackburn Rovers 21
3. Manchester City 20
4. Everton 19
5. Liverpool 18
6. Crewe Alexandra 16
7. Leeds United 13
8. Preston North End 11
9. Wigan Athletic 10
10. Tottenham Hotspur/ Tranmere Rovers 9
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academy number of players
1. Southampton 7
2. Arsenal 5
3. Reading 5
4. Manchester United 4

South East

academy number of players
1. Gillingham/ Brighton & Hove Albion 8
2. QPR/ Tottenham Hotspur/ West Ham United 7
3. Chelsea/ Leyton Orient 6
4. Southampton 5


academy number of players
1. Swansea City 7
2. Cardiff City/ Newport County 6
3. Ipswich Town/ Liverpool/ Plymouth Argyle/ Birmingham City 3
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West & South West

academy number of players
1. Exeter City 10
2. Plymouth Argyle/ Bristol City 9
3. Aston Villa/ Chelsea/ Swindon Town 5
4. Everton 4
5. Manchester United/ West Bromwich Albion 3

West Midlands

academy number of players
1. Birmingham City 12
2. Aston Villa/ Wolverhampton Wanderers 9
3. Chelsea/ Manchester United 7
4. Manchester City/ Walsall/ West Bromwich Albion 6
5. Port Vale/ Stevenage/ West Ham United 5

Yorkshire & Lincolnshire

academy number of players
1. Leeds United/ Scunthorpe United/ Sheffield United 11
2. Hull City 10
3. Huddersfield Town 9
4. Arsenal/ West Ham United 8
5. Manchester United/ Middlesbrough 7
6. Manchester City 6
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