Players new to football will start off in the General programme, aimed at providing a fun environment for beginners to learn the ropes of the sport, hone their technical skills and prepare them for competitive exposure. They usually train once a week.

Children from three to eight years old will follow the Academy’s Learn to Play curriculum for holistic development, including cognitive and psychosocial components, while those above eight will undergo focused physical and technical training as part of the Learn to Train curriculum.

Learn to Play

Taking into account the developing physical and cognitive abilities of three- to eight-year-olds, the Learn to Play curriculum is designed to nurture children through key developmental stages while having fun and getting acquainted with football.

Children are divided into three groups based on a criteria checklist of physical, technical, cognitive and psychosocial skills - drawn up with close reference to Piaget’s Cognitive Development Theory and Erikson’s Psychosocial Development Stages. Once players are assessed to have met the developmental milestones in their group, they will be promoted to the next level. 

Learn to Train

From the age of eight, children have a better grasp of basic motor and cognitive skills, and are motivated by skill mastery and competition among their peers. They will be grouped by age to train with their peers of similar age and playing ability, with sessions tailored to the specific needs and focus areas of each group.

Under-10s Under-12s Under-14s
Physical Agility, balance & coordination, time & space awareness Core strength & functional movements to prevent injuries Speed, flexibility, power & strength.
*Boys & girls at different maturity levels
Technical Ball mastery, dribbling, passing & receiving, shooting. Skill execution in small sided games. Football skills with semi-active & active opposition Football skills with active opposition in different game situations
Tactical Decision making in 1v1, 2v2 Decision making & working as a team in 4v4 to 7v7 Decision making, positioning, competing as a team up to 11v11