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Home to the finest FNQ football education for players aged 6-14 years old.

Zenon Caravella

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

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We are FNQ's first, fully integrated football academy developing elite, junior footballers.

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.


Recent News

November 13, 2017

High performance program announced for 2018

Caravella Football Academy are excited to announce a new 40-week program in 2018 which will combine all facets of elite football development; cutting edge football education, strength and conditioning and nutrition.

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October 1, 2017

Zenon’s Blog: Two years on

I know many former players that have had a very difficult transition from playing professional football to the next chapter. It's a hard thing to explain, but professional sport gives you a focus like no other.

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October 18, 2017

National Advanced Training Camp to be held in Cairns

Massive news over at CFA HQ where we are excited to announce a 4-day National Advanced Training Camp being held in Cairns this April 2018.

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March 1, 2017

Is “The Pathway” working?

THERE has been much debate over the years whether our ­national football curriculum is working. Our national youth teams haven’t qualified for the Olympics since 2008 nor created any game-breakers since it's inception.

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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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Andre Lohmann

A legend of local football, he has been involved in FNQ Football since 2001, playing for Stratford Dolphins for 14 years.

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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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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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