Where to play football in Singapore: Soccer school guide for kids

Get your wannabe soccer star pitch perfect by trying one of these football clubs in Singapore...

If you have a budding Beckham who has been dribbling footballs as long as they’ve been dribbling, then it could be time to score a parenting goal by signing up your little Messi for soccer 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 or you with our guide to the best football schools in Singapore…

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 programs 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: Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Sergio Busquets, we’re talking about you!
FCB Escola Singapore, St. Patrick Secondary School, 490 East Coast Road, Singapore 429058, p. 92703413; www.cbescola.fcbarcelona.com/singapore

Kids will soon be pitch perfect with ESPZEN Soccer School programmes

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;
Tel: (+65) 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, p. 9182 6014; www.facebook.com/SingaporeSoccerAcademy

For the mums reading… Gratuitous pic of one of Man U’s most famous players. Photo credit: David Beckham Official Facebook

Manchester United Soccer School
Roy Keane, Eric Cantona, and David Beckham – these legends of the soccer arena have one thing in common: Manchester United! Your little strikers now have the chance to learn to play soccer the United way here on Singaporean soil. The club offers a range of football courses and youth football camps to children and young adults aged between seven and 16. Kids can expect to be taught how to play the game using friendly attacking strategies in a fun, safe learning environment, which could even lead opportunities to play at Old Trafford through the MUSS Skills Challenge Competition. We might just join ourselves on the off chance of meeting Mr Beckham…
Manchester United Soccer School, locations at Premier Pitch, Turf City, p. 9641 5525; www.sgsoccerpitches.com

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

Friendly competition is the name of the game at Chelsea FC Soccer School

Chelsea FC Soccer School
Open to girls and boys age five to 17 years, Chelsea FC Soccer School here in Singapore helps kids to learn to play football the Chelsea way using the club’s coaching skills and philosophies.
Chelsea FC Soccer SchoolThe Rainforest Sportshub, No 2 Turf Club Road, p. 6440 5503; www.facebook.com/chelseafcsssg

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. 6524 5880; www.f-17.org


It’s never too early to get little ones honing their footie skills at Sports4Kids

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, eight 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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