It Was All A Dream... The Football Academy Journey

A three-part documentary series narrated by Troy Townsend, examining the industrialised football Academy system.

3x 1hr and 1x 2hr finale, by Unedited, first aired 24th October 2021

A three-part series, with an additional 2-hour live finale, will look at the mental and emotional impacts on the young men and women who are rejected by the Academy system. 

It’s perhaps one of sport’s most overlooked and biggest issues – rarely talked about, but widely accepted. Often starting out as young as 8 years old, both boys and girls are fed a professional dream from a young age – but, some experts estimate that only 5-10% of all Academy players will go on to sign professional contracts.

Featuring Andros Townsend, Les Ferdinand, Anita Asante, Jamie Carragher, Eberechi Eze, Steven Caulker, Ben White, Andy Roberston, Trevor Sinclair and contributors from The FA, Premier League, PFA, and EFL.

Hear an 8min teaser for the series
Listen as a podcast