Get your wannabe soccer star pitch perfect by signing up to one of these kid-friendly 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’s been dribbling footballs as long as they’ve been walking, then it could be time to sign them up for soccer school in Singapore, especially if your wannabe footballer fancies playing for an all-star international team someday! Although, 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 & soccer schools for kids in Singapore
1. Cosmo United Football Academy
Being one of Singapore’s leading football academies, Cosmo United Football Academy (CUFA) offers training to children from under the age of three to 17. Children are trained by professional coaches – including the likes of former and active Singapore Premier League and national team players – in a safe and stress-free environment. Not only will your child pick up football skills, they will also get the chance to develop motor skills, make friends, and learn collaboration skills through matches with other children. Sign up for a free trial to see how fun a session at CUFA is!
Cosmo United Football Academy, Premier Pitch, Bukit Timah Pitch (beside 1 Swiss Club Road), Swiss Club, and The Rainforest Sports Hub.
2. Borussia Academy Singapore at Nexus International School (Singapore)
Nexus International School (Singapore) has an all-year round partnership with Borussia Academy Singapore, providing its learners with outstanding youth football development programmes. The academy uses a small games approach in their training sessions, which allows every player to have maximum engagement and contact with the ball. More importantly, it trains players to be creative thinkers and swift decision makers on the field. From 11-15 June 2022, young boys and girls will have the chance to learn from the youth coaches of Bundesliga club, Borussia Mönchengladbach – the same club that has produced first team players such as Lothar Matthäus, Stefan Effenberg, Marc-André ter Stegen, and more. Got an aspiring footballer at home? Sign them up for the Borussia Academy Camp now.
Nexus International School (Singapore), 1 Aljunied Walk Singapore 387293
ActiveSG is the go-to location in Singapore when it comes to all things sport. So it’s no surprise that it offers a brilliant football academy too. Led by former Singapore international Aleksandar Duric, the academy provides a holistic programme teaching teamwork and respect alongside those essential footy skills.
ActiveSG Football Academy, various locations across Singapore
4. International Soccer Academy
With over 20 years of experience, International Soccer Academy knows a thing or two when it comes to football for kids. The programme for four to 18-year-olds is all about high-quality coaching, alongside developing core skills in a fun environment. It also offers a free trial class, bonus!
International Soccer Academy, The Rainforest Sports Hub, Turf City, 2 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287988
5. Real Madrid Football School
Even if football isn’t your sport of choice as a parent, chances are you’ve heard of Real Madrid. The incredibly successful Spanish team has brought its winning ways to Singapore and is happy to share tips as part of the Real Madrid Football School. Run by a pro team made up of qualified Real Madrid Foundation Technical Directors, you can guarantee top quality, expert coaching here.
Real Madrid Football School, various locations, including The Yards @ Joo Chiat, The Rainforest Sports Hub, Bedok South, Dempsey Field, and more.
6. Singapore Football Club
Launched in 2020, Singapore Football Club promises big things. For starters, its motto says it all: “We don’t sign superstars. We make them.” So, you can expect the very best in training from a range of international coaches and the option to participate in the JSSL Singapore National Youth League. With programmes for girls and boys from under 4’s all the way up to under 19’s, everyone is catered for.
Singapore Football Club Academy, training at The Cage @ Turf City, Arena Shelton, and Dulwich College (Singapore)
7. JSSL Singapore
One of the first English Premier League schools to kick off a football school here, JSSL is the stalwart of soccer training. 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. Plus, huge brownie points for offering female-only training sessions where girls are inspired to really embrace confidence and develop skills.
While you can sign the kids up for usual training sessions, the kiddos can compete in JSSL Leagues or JSSL Pro Academy 7’s, Asia’s largest youth football competition with more than 420 teams across 17 nations. Truly exciting stuff!
JSSL Singapore, training at The ARENA, SAFRA Tampines, and Tanglin Trust School
8. BARÇA Academy
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 that produced some of the big names in the footballing world. Think Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Sergio Busquets! And that’s why it’s in the running as one of the best football clubs for kids in Singapore!
BARÇA Academy, Nexus International School (Singapore)
9. ProActiv Sports
There’s no shortage of reasons why we love ProActiv Sports. Not only does it inspires confidence within its football players, its coaches also focus on skill development, strategy, coordination and learning to work in a team, too. Psst, it’s also great for kids aged three to 12 years old!
ProActiv Sports, various locations across Singapore
10. F17 Football Academy
Founded by local football legend Fandi Ahmad in 2011, the F-17 Academy coaches around 500 hopeful soccer stars all around Singapore. Not only that, but the academy’s also a keen participant in both local and international tournaments. Plus, its programmes are great for boys and girls aged two to 18. A solid option if you’re looking for a football club for the kids!
F-17 Football Academy, training at SUTD, Hua Yi Secondary School, and Compassvale Secondary School
11. ESPZEN Soccer School
One of our favourite football clubs for kids, ESPZEN Soccer School, offers player development programmes 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. Regardless of ability, age or gender, every child who joins will be encouraged to reach their maximum potential, too.
ESPZEN Soccer School, multiple locations across Singapore
12. Singapore Soccer Academy
Boys and girls from four years old are guaranteed to score lots of goals and have plenty of 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.
Singapore Soccer Academy, 726 Upper Changi Road East, Singapore 486046
13. Euro Soccer Academy
Euro Soccer Academy has something for everyone, from Tots Kickers for three to five-year-olds to specialised goalkeeper training. There’s a dedicated girl’s training programme from seven, right the way through to 17. The Academy also participates in local leagues, JSSL and ESZPEN. Led by an experienced coaching squad, your little kicker is sure to be well looked after here.
Euro Soccer Academy, training at multiple locations across Singapore
14. British Football Academy Singapore
Backed by British professional club Blackburn Rovers, the Academy is based on the club’s elite programme in the UK. You can expect a professional set-up here, with academy and elite programmes, football fundamentals as well as soft skills including integrity and respect. It celebrates success with a player of the month and creates an inclusive space. We love its motto: “children first, football players second”.
British Football Academy Singapore, training at North London Collegiate School (Singapore)
15. Chelsea FC Soccer School
Got any Chelsea fans in the house? Either way, you know you’ll get top-notch training from this iconic British club. Chelsea’s International Development Centre based in Singapore offers a series of community programmes. It specialises in specific skills such as goalkeeping, all the way through to general training sessions for the littlies.
Chelsea FC International Development Centre – Singapore
16. First Kick Academy
First Kick believes in kicking off a love for all things football for kids in Singapore. Kids aged 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.
First Kick Academy, various locations across Singapore
17. Coach Leo
Which country springs to mind when you think of a top-class national football team? Brazil, of course! So, it’s no wonder that Coach Leo’s a popular choice for the fam. Started by Leonardo Rocha, a Brazilian with an impressive footballing CV, the focus here is inspiring a passion for the game. There’s a range of classes suitable from two to 16 years, as well as private tuition. You could even get the littlies playing for the Brazilian Lions in the local youth league. With two trophies to its name already (the academy only joined in 2017), it’s fair to say it’s pretty successful!
Coach Leo, various locations across Singapore
18. Island City FC
If you’re looking for a football club for both little and big legs, check out Island City FC! Kiddos from four to 16 years old can look forward to friendly tournaments and opportunities to join its great Sunday football league. They can get to grips with being part of a regular team coached by professionals from across the world.
Island City FC, The Premier Pitch, Turf City, 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994
19. French Football Academy
Interested in playing football seriously as a career in Singapore? The French Football Academy wants you! Kids between six and 16 years are guaranteed top-notch training, seeing as it’s the official academy of the FIFA World Championships. Also, the academy’s led by head coach Patrick Vallee, who has steered Etoile FC and Tanjong Pagar FC to victories. Your kids are definitely in good hands here.
French Football Academy, training at SAFRA Tampines and XCL World Academy
20. SG United Soccer
Curated by experts and supported by seasoned coaches, SG United Soccer aims to connect kids’ talents and love for the sport. Take your pick of the various programmes being offered, from 1-on-1 and group training to holiday camps and even soccer-themed birthday parties. Sign up and you’ll also get a jersey with your name printed on the back! Wow! Can we get one too?
SG United Soccer, Singapore Khalsa Association, 2 Tessensohn Road, Singapore 217646
21. Sporting C.P Soccer Academy
If your kiddo wants to be the next Cristiano Ronaldo or Luis Figo, then sign up for sessions with Sporting C.P Soccer Academy. Participants will receive the strictest training based on the academy’s methodology, which includes constant monitoring by technical directors and academic classroom sessions. Players who have proven their worth will be selected to join its various teams and sent to participate in competitive league games. Big league, here we come!
Sporting C.P Soccer Academy, training at The Cage Sports Park (Pitch 4), SkyPark Arena, and Swiss Club
Happy kicking, kids!