Brentford have withdrawn from the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) and have closed their academy from U8 to U21 level.
The club instead will run an elite squad of around 18 players aged between 17 and 21, which they will tie in closely to the first team.
The club intend for the squad to play against predominantly category one academy teams plus international teams and the club are taking the viewpoint that less is more and intend to raise the standard.
A Brentford statement read: “The club must strive to find ways to do things differently to our rivals, in order to compete and progress as a Championship football club.
“We cannot outspend the vast majority of our competitors therefore we will never shy away from taking the kind of decision that can give us a competitive edge.
“This philosophy is particularly relevant with regards to the future of the Brentford FC academy.
“As a London club, there is strong competition for the best young players, and the club’s pathways to first team football must be sufficiently differentiated to attract the level of talent that can thrive in a team competing towards the top end of the Championship.
“Moreover, the development of young players must make sense from a business perspective. The review has highlighted that, in a football environment where the biggest Premier League clubs seek to sign the best young players before they can graduate through an Academy system, the challenge of developing value through that system is extremely difficult.
It added: “From next season, the club will be withdrawing from the EPPP and Professional Development League system. We will also no longer be running a full academy system from U8 through to U21 level.
“Instead, we will be running an elite squad of around 18 players aged 17-21. The new development squad will benefit from close links to the senior squad and a clear pathway into first team football. “We intend that this clear commitment to the development pathway will stand Brentford apart as a stand-out option for the most talented young players.
“The new elite development squad will be given a strong football education, learning the same playing style and philosophy as the first team. They will be ably supported by dedicated specialists from the sports science, medical and analysis teams.”
The Club have begun a consultation process with every member of staff and player affected and be offering them whatever support they can over the coming weeks.