Sydney FC have signed a youth coaching partnership with one of the most prestigious academies in the world, Ajax Amsterdam's De Toekomst.
The partnership stems from Sydney FC's invitation to compete in the 2018 Future Cup - a tournament that pits some of the world's best academies against each other in a knockout competition.
Sydney FC will face the likes of Ajax, Paris St Germain and Sporting Lisbon in the tournament.
The deal revolves around talent identification and youth coaching techniques, with Ajax coaches set to fly to Australia to help Sydney identify Australia's best young talent.
Ajax CEO and legendary goalkeeper, Edwin van der Sar, said the deal was "extremely interesting."
"We feel this is an extremely interesting partnership both from a football technical point of view, while at the same time it offers a possibility to strengthen Ajax's reputation as the best football development institution of the world," he said.
Sydney FC CEO, Danny Townsend, was similarly excited by the news.
“Sydney FC’s Academy is rapidly becoming recognised as the leading youth academy in Australia and this alignment with Ajax, who are renown for having the world’s foremost youth development strategy, will further strengthen our program,” he said.
“To have access to the knowledge and expertise of Holland’s biggest club, and to be able to bring that to Australia will provide a huge benefit to Sydney FC and football across the country.”