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In this section you’ll find the answers to some commonly asked questions about what the NFL Academy is, how it operates and how you can get involved.

  • Who can attend the NFL Academy?

    Those aged 12 to 18 years old and eligible to study in Australia are able to apply.

    American football experience is not necessary, and the NFL Academy encourages applicants from a variety of sporting backgrounds. The NFL Academy is seeking student-athletes interested in developing their educational, athletic and character potential using American Football.

  • Where is the NFL Academy Asia-Pacific located?

    On the Gold Coast, Australia. Students will receive education from A.B. Paterson College.

  • I’m from outside Australia. Can I attend the NFL Academy?

    Yes! The NFL Academy Asia-Pacific campus is open to eligible students across the Asia-Pacific region.

  • What are the age requirements to join the NFL Academy?

    Those aged 12 to 18 years old and eligible to study in Australia are able to apply for the current recruitment process.

    We also welcome applications and expressions of interest from younger individuals so our coaches are aware of your interest for future recruitment.

  • I’m interested, how do I apply?

    Students can attend the NFL Academy combine camps as part of their application process. Camps will initially take place in Australia and New Zealand. The combine camps are known as the NFL’s talent identification funnel.

    Once students enter the NFL’s talent identification funnel, they will be evaluated on their academics, athletic ability and character.

    Depending on where the student is in the process, this may take shape over zoom calls or in person. Provisions have been made to host prospective students and their parent/guardian at A.B. Paterson College to conduct a formal visit and interview process, providing the school and NFL staff to get to know the student and importantly providing the student and parent the ability to see the school, staff and City first hand.

  • What information do I need to apply?

    The application will ask you for your personal information, your educational background and for links to athletic film.

  • What type of athletic film is best?

    When applying, American Football game film is preferred but not required. Any athletic tape that shows us your speed, athleticism, power / explosiveness and agility is useful for helping us learn about your abilities. The application also includes some tips for what we are looking for.

    American Football is open to all levels of abilities and body types.

  • When does the school year start?

    The NFL Academy follows the academic calendar of our educational partner, A.B. Paterson College.

  • Do I need American Football experience?

    No. We understand athletes across Asia-Pacific have a sports backgrounds in rugby, athletics, basketball and many other sports. We are keen to hear from athletes from all different sports who might be interested in trying out for the NFL Academy.

  • Do I need to get good grades to get into the NFL Academy?

    Your education is the most important thing at the NFL Academy. All student-athletes have their grades reviewed to ensure they are eligible for the NFL Academy.

  • What is the National Football League (NFL)?

    The NFL is the number one professional sports league in the United States, eclipsing all other sports in terms of popularity and TV viewing figures. The league’s 32 teams compete to win the Super Bowl, the finale of the season, which attracts around 160 million viewers in the US alone.