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Home to the finest FNQ football education for players aged 5-16 years old.

Zenon Caravella

A-League & International Football Stalwart. Head Coach. Founder.

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Training at The Grounds - FNQ's first and only world class football facility.

Welcome to Caravella Football Academy

With a dynamic, experienced and innovative coaching team led by former professional footballer, A-League star and FFA Honouree Zenon Caravella, we take our football very seriously at CFA. From grading each child by ability, to ensuring our players are training with likeminded peers, to offering programs that are cutting-edge and well-suited to players at all stages in their development, CFA is the perfect combination of serious football education and fun in a structured environment.


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November 8, 2019

High Performance Trials 2020

The Caravella Football Academy High Performance Program is the first fully integrated football program in Far North Queensland. Combining high-level and cutting edge football education with the latest methods in strength and conditioning, this program is for the most dedicated of footballers that want to develop themselves towards an elite level. The HPP program is now in its third year of operation, perfectly complimenting club and representative commitments.

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November 21, 2019

FNQ Youth Cup 2020

We have now officially released dates for the 2020 edition! The FNQ Youth Cup will be held from the 14th to the 16th of April with the one day optional advanced camp (all teams welcome) being held on the 13th featuring an all-star coaching panel in a multi-station format. This third instalment is expected to be our biggest and best so far, boasting a brand new location at The Grounds Cairns – FNQ’s only FIFA rated football facility complete with state-of-the-art synthetic turf as well as high quality grass turf. We also have on-site Cairns’ newest and hippest eatery, Pizza Loca Cantina, ...read more

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July 12, 2019


Eating appropriately after training is one of the most important parts of a junior footballer’s diet. After a big day of school, followed by training, their muscles are likely feeling tired!

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December 24, 2017

Jace and Kai: The boys from Doomadgee

Australia has a rich indigenous history that in many ways influences modern Australian values. The oldest living culture in the world, we are proud to have siblings Jace and Kai Fraser representing the remote indigenous community of Doomadgee.

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Zenon Caravella

After 15 years at the top, it goes without saying that Zenon Caravella has professional experience to burn.

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Crios O’Hare

Strength and conditioning is an extremely important part of player development which is why we’ve enlisted Crios.

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Angelo Caravella

Known to many football locals for being a hugely popular coach at Edge Hill United Football Club.

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Josh Taylor

One of Queensland NPL’s most prolific strikers, Josh brings to CFA great energy and passion for youth development.

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Our academy aims to build confidence while still maximising potential.



I know Zenon to be a honest and trustworthy player on and off the pitch – I thoroughly enjoyed playing with him. He’s got exceptional technical skills and is a great, hard worker. These things combined are the attributes you need to be a player at the highest level.

quote Kew Jaliens

Kew Jaliens Former Dutch World Cup International

Although small in stature, Zenon has been a shining light over a terrific career. His superb technical ability and ability to understand and read a football game has shown that size doesn’t matter. A fantastic example to young aspiring footballers – and what a terrific opportunity for the next generation to learn under him.

quote Frank Farina

Frank Farina Former Socceroos Head Coach

I met Zenon in my younger years – he always stood out from the rest because of his technical ability. He was a very clever player with tight and tidy football skills. Our paths crossed again in our later years at the Newcastle Jets and I have nothing but great respect for him as a player and person. He gave 100% in everything he did – games, training or gym. He’s the ultimate professional. A friend and a family man, Zenon is a fantastic role-model for any young player that wants to be a professional footballer.

quote David Carney

David Carney Socceroo, ex-Premier League player and current Newcastle Jets Midfielder

There is no person better placed to inspire the next generation of footballers. Zenon’s experience in the top leagues of Europe and Australia are testament to someone who combined their passion for the game with technical ability to reach their goals

quote Clayton Zane

Clayton Zane Ex-Socceroo and Newcastle Jets Youth Coach

When I was at Adelaide United, Zenon was named Club Champion and a player who always got the best out of himself. A player with a fantastic work rate and great technical ability who always put the team first, he is a great coach of younger players, knows what it takes to be successful and can teach aspiring footballers to reach their full potential. He’s always led from the front and is a great example to anyone that with patience and hard work you can make it to the top. A great coach for any young player wanting to become the best footballer he can be.

quote Michael Petrillo

Michael Petrillo Head of Talent, Melbourne City FC

Zenon’s personality and character demonstrates good values in supporting and encouraging people around him. As a player, Zenon showed the passion and enthusiasm to work hard on his technical skills throughout his football career. Example: A willingness to stay back after training seeking perfection. It’s this determination and positive attitude that will inspire young players to achieve their enjoyment in the game.

quote Luciano Trani

Luciano Trani Current Melbourne City Assistant Coach (A-League)

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