Manchester City’s men’s team enjoyed mixed fortunes in the 2015-16 season. Despite a somewhat disappointing domestic Premier League campaign, finishing in fourth place, the Club also brought home the Capital One Cup and progressed further in the UEFA Champions League than in any previous year.
The Manchester City women’s team won or drew 12 of 14 league games in the 2015 season, reaching the knockout stages of the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup, but ultimately went home empty-handed. A last minute Chelsea goal in the FA Cup semi-final in April 2016 prevented them from reaching the final, but the women’s team did qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history.
Both the men’s youth Academy and the women’s team also celebrated significant international success across a range of tournaments. 28 Academy players from the U15-U18 teams represented their country, including 18 England players. The bronze-winning England team at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada featured five women’s team players, with Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze and captain Steph Houghton all named in the Squad of the Tournament.
Now in their second year based at the landmark City Football Academy, the Youth Academy went from strength to strength in 2015-16, winning trophies in every age group, scoring a record number of goals, and further demonstrating the depth of the Club’s commitment to developing local talent.