In recent years there has been a keen interest in the development of young talent (Franks et al., 1999). Across many sports investing in youth is viewed as a vehicle to ensure the continuous production of elite sports performers. Both soccer coaches and club management appreciate that identifying young talented soccer players at an early stage and exposing talented players to specialised coaching and training may accelerate (and enhance) the talent development process (Williams et al., 1999). The primary objective of a soccer club is success on the playing field. In this sense, success is inextricably linked with sound management, effective coaching, appropriate facilities and support mechanisms and, fundamentally, good quality players. The nature and function of elite youth player development are captured in this chapter. More specifically, by drawing on examples of good practice from different countries, some fundamental mechanisms and requirements of a successful Soccer Academy are outlined.