Get your wannabe soccer star pitch perfect by trying 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 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
1. Cosmo United Football Academy (CUFA)
CUFA teaches football to girls and boys, from two-and-a-half to under 17 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!
Cosmo United Football Academy, practice grounds at the Swiss Club (open to Swiss Club members only) and Dunearn Road Corner off Swiss Club Road (non-Swiss Club members).
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.
3. 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
4. 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 have brought its winning ways to Singapore and are 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, The Yards @ Joo Chiat, 406 Joo Chiat Place Level 1, Singapore 428084 and The Rainforest Sports Hub, Turf City, 2 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287988
5. 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 Cafe @ Turf City, Merlion Sports City, The Rainforest Sports Hub, and Ubersports ORTO.
6. 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 Woodleigh Park, SAFRA Tampines, and Tanglin Trust School
7. 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, like Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Sergio Busquets! Thus, this is why it’s in the running for one of the best football clubs for kids in Singapore.
BARÇA Academy, St Patrick’s School, 490 East Coast Road, Singapore 429058
8. ProActiv Sports
There’s no shortage of reasons why we love ProActiv Sports. Not only does it inspires confidence within its football players, but 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.
9. F17 Football Academy
Founded by local footballing legend Fandi Ahmad in 2011, the F-17 Academy coaches around 500 hopeful soccer stars at locations 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 age two to 18. A solid option if you’re looking for a football club for the kids!
F-17 Football Academy, training at SUTD, SAFRA Tampines, Hua Yi Secondary School, and Punggol Secondary School.
10. ESPZEN Soccer School
One of our favourite football clubs for kids, ESPZEN Soccer School offers player development programmes in Singapore for kids age 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 maximum potential, too.
ESPZEN Soccer School, multiple locations across Singapore.
11. 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
12. 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 Singapore American School and The Rainforest Sports Hub.
13. British Football Academy Singapore
Backed by British professional club Blackburn Rovers, the Academy is based on the club’s elite category programme in the UK. You can expect a professional set up here, with academy and elite programmes, developing 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 with its motto, “children first, football players second”.
British Football Academy Singapore, training at Tanglin Trust School, Dulwich College (Singapore), and North London Collegiate School (Singapore).
14. Chelsea FC Soccer School
Got any Chelsea fans in the house? Either way, you know you’re going to receive top-notch training from this well respected British club. Chelsea’s International Development Centre based in Singapore offers a series of community programmes, specialising in specific skills such as goalkeeping, all the way through to general training sessions for the littlies.
Chelsea FC International Development Centre – Singapore, training at UWCSEA East, 1 Tampines Street 73, Singapore 528704
15. First Kick Academy
First Kick believes in kicking off a love for all things football for kids in Singapore. 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.
First Kick Academy, various locations across Singapore.
16. 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.
17. 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
18. 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, XCL World Academy, and The Premier Pitch @ Khalsa
19. SG United Soccer
Curated by experts and supported by seasoned coaches, SG United Soccer aims to connect kids’ talents and love for the sport. Each letter in this academy’s name stands for an inspiring word or phrase to spur the players on. Take your pick on the various programmes being offered, from 1-on-1 and group training to holiday camps and even soccer-themed birthday parties. Sign up now 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
20. 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.
Sporting C.P Soccer Academy, training at The Cage Sports Park, SkyPark Arena, and Swiss Club
Happy kicking, kids!