Get your wannabe soccer star pitch perfect by trying one of these football clubs in Singapore...
Whether you call it football or soccer, one thing’s for sure: kids of all ages love kicking a ball around and scoring goals (including us adults, too!). And if you have a budding Messi or Megan Rapinoe at home who have been dribbling footballs as long as they’ve been walking, then it could be time to sign them up for soccer school. Especially if your wannabe footballer fancies playing for an all-star international team someday! Although of course we’re also supporters of them wanting to keep it real at a local club. Either way, we’ve done the legwork for you – check our guide to the best football clubs for kids in Singapore!
Best football clubs for kids in Singapore
Cosmo United Football Academy (CUFA)
CUFA teaches football to girls and boys, two-and-a-half to under 16 years of age. Expect to kick balls around in a professional and stress-free environment while having tons of fun! Established in 2005 by Jörg Steinebrunner, a former German U-21 National player and S-League player and coach, the academy currently has more than 200 budding athletes. Plus, kids will also receive solid coaching tips from former Singapore National players, as well as current and former S-League players. Sign up anytime for a free trial to see if your child enjoys it!
Where: Cosmo United Football Academy, Indoor Premier Pitch and Outdoor Premier Pitch in Turf City, Bukit Timah Pitch and Rainforest Pitch, p. 9821 3869
JSSL Arsenal Soccer School
One of the first English Premier League schools to kick off a football school in Singapore, JSSL is the stalwart of soccer training here on the Little Red Dot. Kids will be trained by professional coaches, with regular visits from Arsenal FC’s coaching staff to make sure the program is kept up-to-date with the training methods used by the club itself. Plus, huge brownie points for offering female-only training sessions where girls are inspired to really embrace confidence and develop skills, too.
While you can sign the kids up for usual training sessions, the kiddos can compete in JSSL Leagues or JSSL Pro Academy 7’s, which is Asia’s largest youth football competition with more than 420 teams across 17 nations. Truly exciting stuff!
Where: JSSL Arsenal Soccer School, locations at Victoria Junior College, UWC and Tanglin Trust, p. 6348 5780
BARÇA Academy, the official football school of FC Barcelona, has a great training academy for kids in Singapore. The kiddos will get an opportunity to learn about football skills and tactics using training methods used in the Barça youth teams. This is the same training used to produce some of the big names in the footballing world, like Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Sergio Busquets – which is why it’s in the running for one of the best football clubs for kids in Singapore.
Where: BARÇA Academy, St Patrick School, 490 E Coast Rd, Singapore 429058, p. 6727 7637
There’s no shortage of reasons why we love ProActiv Sports. Not only do they inspire confidence within their football players, but their coaches also focus on skill development, strategy, coordination and learning to work in a team, too. Psst, it’s also great for kids age four to 12-years-old!
Where: ProActiv Sports, locations across Singapore, p. 9355 0376
ESPZEN Soccer School
One of our favourite football clubs for kids, ESPZEN Soccer School offers player development programs in Singapore for kids aged four and above. They’ll enjoy fun, challenging coaching sessions with UEFA, English Football Association and AFC qualified coaches at the helm. And, regardless of ability, age or gender, every child who joins will be encouraged to reach maximum potential, too.
Where: ESPZEN Soccer School, locations at Turf City, GEMS World Academy (Singapore), Canadian International School Lakeside and McPherson, p. 6325 9386
Singapore Soccer Academy
Boys and girls from four-years-old are guaranteed to score lots of goals in fun at Singapore Soccer Academy! The kiddos will also pick up a pretty cool soccer skill set while building solid foundations in sportsmanship, self-confidence and social skills.
Where: Singapore Soccer Academy, 726 Upper Changi Road East, Singapore 486046, p. 9182 6014
F17 Football Academy
Founded by local footballing legend Fandi Ahmad in 2011, the F-17 Academy coaches around 500 hopeful future soccer stars at three locations around Singapore. Not only that, but the academy is also a keen participant in both local and international tournaments. Plus, its programs are great for boys and girls of all ages and abilities. A solid option if you’re looking for a football club for the kids!
Where: F17 Football Academy, locations at SUTD, CIS Lakeside, SAFRA Tampines
First Kick Academy
First Kick believes in kicking off a love for all things football. In addition, kids age four to 14 years are given as much time on the field as possible while making new friends and picking up a ton of new skills to boot.
Where: First Kick Academy, 1 Orchid Club Road #01-37, Orchid Country Club, Singapore 769162, p. 9101 0666
Little League Soccer
If you’re looking a football club for little legs from age four to bigger legs age 16, check out Little League Soccer! The kiddos can look forward to friendly tournaments and opportunities to join its great Sunday football league where they can get to grips with being part of a regular team coached by professionals led by ex-Southampton FC youth player Andy Johnston and ESPN football pundit Paul Masefield.
Where: Little League Soccer, at three locations at Turf Club (indoor and outdoor) and Balestier, p.6487 5185