If you have a budding Beckham who has been dribbling footballs as long as they’ve been walking, then it could be time to sign them up for football school. Whether your wannabe soccer star fancies playing for an all-star international team some day, or is happy to keep it real at a local club, we’ve done the legwork for you with our guide to the best soccer clubs for kids in Singapore…
Cosmo United Football Academy (CUFA)
CUFA teaches football to girls and boys, two-and-a-half to under 18 years of age, in a fun, professional and stress-free environment. Established in 2005 by Jörg Steinebrunner, a former German U-21 National player, who was also an SLeague player and coach, the academy currently has more than 200 budding athletes. They are coached by former Singapore National players, as well as current and former SLeague players. League season is from September to May and kids under six up to under 18 will get to compete. Kids can even get the chance to participate in regional tournaments. Coaching is on all year round so sign up anytime for a free trial to see if your child enjoys it.
Cosmo United Football Academy, Indoor Premier Pitch and Outdoor Premier Pitch in Turf City, Bukit Timah Pitch and Rainforest Pitch, p. 9821 3869, e. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cufa.com.sg
JSSL Arsenal Soccer School
One of the first England Premier League schools to kick off a soccer school in Singapore, JSSL is the stalwart of football 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 programme is kept up-to-date with the training methods used by the club itself. Huge brownie points for also offering female-only training sessions where girls are inspired to really embrace confidence and develop skills.
JSSL Arsenal Soccer School, locations at Victoria Junior College, UWC and Tanglin Trust, p. 6348 5780; www.jssl-singapore.com
FCBESCOLA, the official soccer school of FC Barcelona has kicked off its great programmes for kids in Singapore, giving them the 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 – we’re talking Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Sergio Busquets!
FCB Escola Singapore, St. Patrick Secondary School, 490 East Coast Road, Singapore 429058, p. 9270 3413; www.cbescola.fcbarcelona.com/singapore
ESPZEN Soccer School
ESPZEN Soccer School offers player development programmes in Singapore for kids aged four and above through fun, challenging coaching sessions with UEFA, English Football Association and AFC qualified coaches at the helm. Regardless of ability, age or gender, every child who joins will be encouraged to reach maximum potential.
ESPZEN Soccer School, locations at Yishun, Turf City, Canadian International School Lakeside and McPherson, p. 6325 9386; www.soccerschool.espzen.com
Singapore Soccer Academy
Boys and girls from four years are not only guaranteed to score lots of goals in fun at Singapore Soccer Academy, but will pick up a pretty cool soccer skill set while building solid foundations in sportsmanship, self-confidence and social skills.
Singapore Soccer Academy, 726 Upper Changi Road East, Singapore 486046, p. 9182 6014; www.facebook.com/SingaporeSoccerAcademy
The English Soccer School
At the English Soccer School, all training sessions are planned in accordance with English FA guidelines and girls and boys age two years and up of all abilities are welcome to join. Focus is on learning rather than winning, and we love that this club has a ‘pay as you play’ policy so missed sessions will be honoured with make-up classes. Fees are paid every five months and this is definitely one of the more wallet-friendly options with prices starting at $100 per five week season, and first trials for free.
The English Soccer School, locations at Tanah Merah, Tanjong Rhu, Spring Grove, Novena, Holland Village and Ulu Pandan, p. 6631 8969; www.englishsoccerschool.com
F17 Football Academy
The F-17 Academy was founded by local footballing legend, Fandi Ahmad in 2011 and today coaches around 500 hopeful future soccer stars at three locations around Singapore. Programmes are for boys and girls of all ages and abilities, and the academy is a keen participant in both local and international tournaments.
F17 Football Academy, locations at SAFRA Tampines, Changi and Jurong, p. 6635 5517; www.f-17.org
Sport4Kids inspires confidence within players age four to 12 years where focus is on skill development, strategy, coordination and learning to work in a team.
Sport4Kids, locations across Singapore, p. 9355 0376; www.sport4kids.sg
First Kick Academy
First Kick believe in kicking off a love for all things football by giving kids age four to 14 years as much time on the field as possible while making new friends and picking up a ton of new skills to boot.
First Kick Academy, seven locations all over Singapore, p. 91010666; www.fka.sg
Little League Soccer
Little legs from age four to bigger legs age 16 are welcome to join Little League Soccer football clinics where they can expect friendly tournaments. There’s also the opportunity to join its great Sunday football league where kids can get to grips with being part of a regular team, coached by professionals including ex-Australian international player Darren Stewart and ESPN football pundit Paul Masefield.
Little League Soccer, Turf City, Centaurs Pitch, 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994, p.6487 5185; www.littleleaguesoccer.com
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