|Full name||Feyenoord Academy|
|Ground|| Sportcomplex Varkenoord, Rotterdam|
|Current League||Eredivisie U19 1st (Champions)|
Feyenoord Academy, often referred to as Varkenoord, is the joint academy of the professional football clubs Feyenoord and Excelsior located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The academy is a result of the extensive partnership between the two Rotterdam clubs. For the season 2009–10 both clubs merged its reserve teams, while the youth academies officially merged in the summer of 2010.
Feyenoord Academy was officially founded in the summer of 2010, when the youth academies of Feyenoord and Excelsior continued as one academy. The rise in transfer fees and the increase in value of young players have signalled a further need for Feyenoord and Excelsior to further support the academy. Despite being a mutual academy, the goal of the Feyenoord Academy remains to develop young players into professional football players for Feyenoord's first team squad.
The Feyenoord Academy comprises age-group teams ranging from U8's up to the flagship U19's. The youngest players are scouted at amateur clubs in the direct surroundings of Rotterdam. For the age of twelve and older the academy extends its scouting area, mainly to the remaining part of the Netherlands, Belgium and Scandinavia. Until the U12 team, the players only have training sessions during the evening and are largely guided by part time coaches. When players are ready to join secondary education they start training during daytime. A close partnership with LOOT-school Thorbecke allows Feyenoord Academy to offer players a full time training program, while the school adapts its time table to the players training program.
The final team of the Feyenoord Academy is Feyenoord/Excelsior U19, previously known as Feyenoord/Excelsior A1.
Academy graduates in first team squad
By the dismantle of the reserve team squad in the summer of 2010, the extra step between the academy and the first team squads was taken away. This means a high amount of academy graduates are currently active in both Excelsior and Feyenoord's first team squads.
Notable former players in other squads
- Karim Rekik - Manchester City
- Jeffrey Bruma - PSV
- Kyle Ebecilio - FC Twente
- Nathan Aké - Chelsea
- Robin van Persie - Manchester United
- Rajiv van La Parra - SC Heerenveen
- Leroy Fer - Norwich City
- Jerson Cabral - ADO Den Haag
- Luc Castaignos - FC Twente
- Luigi Bruins - Nice
- Georgino Wijnaldum - PSV
- Jonathan de Guzmán - Swansea City
- Rinus Michels Award: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013