Football or soccer? It depends on what part of the world you’re from! Call it what you will, one thing is for sure: Singapore has great kids football clubs and academies. Children of all ages and levels can hone their skills and techniques and enjoy soccer in Singapore. These soccer clubs will have them scoring (or saving) goals in no time, thanks to training with professional football coaches who prepare players for an elite standard of the game.
# The best football clubs and academies in Singapore
East Football Academy
There are so many reasons why parents choose East Football Academy (EFA) for their budding young sportspeople. EFA is led by Ryan Northmore, a former English Premier League Youth Academy Coach with Southampton. Ryan is joined by Jesus Sanchez Camacho, a former Atletico Madrid Academy Coach.
This football club in Singapore has state-of-the-art training facilities and equipment, including exclusive use of a full FIFA-grade artificial pitch, fully-equipped gymnasium, sport science suite and air-conditioned indoor sports halls. But it’s the expert coaching staff that really sets them apart, with highly experienced coaches that are passionate about helping young athletes reach their full potential.
EFA’s comprehensive training programme includes not only technical skill acquisition and football conditioning, but also conceptual learning and psychosocial training. After all, character development (and values such as teamwork, sportsmanship and perseverance) is just as important as athletic performance.
The club also provides competitive opportunities for players to compete at local and international level, providing them with valuable experience and exposure. They have squads entered in the Singapore National Youth League.
Sign up now for a free trial session at east-academy.weebly.com.
French Football Academy
Ages: 6 to 17 years
Duration: Eight weeks per term
Cost: Outfielders, $500 for once a week per term, $800 for twice a week per term. Goalkeepers, $350 for once a week per term; $600 for twice a week per term.
Locations: XCL World Academy, 2 Yishun Street 42 | SAFRA Tampines, 1/A Tampines Street 92 | Premier Pitch @ Khalsa, 49 Balestier Road
Registration: 9046 8757 | fffacademysg.com
The French Football Academy is the first football club in Singapore that uses the official training methods of current FIFA world champions. Your child will have a holistic educational experience that combines athletic development and academic study so that they have fun, train well and have a chance to play at a high level in the future. Besides effective and creative drills, this kids soccer academy also holds league games to support the development of soccer skills; and they get to try something new. Players get to share the learning experience with their teammates and coaches.
FFA is led by Patrick Vallee, a former Singapore Premier League winner with Etoile FC. He has trained some professional clubs in France and also the Congo national football team. The coaches of this kids soccer club are carefully selected based on their experience and understanding of the methodology, patience and care for young players.
Cosmo United Football Academy (CUFA)
Ages: Year of birth, 2010 to 2020
Duration: 60 to 90 minutes
Cost: Varies (parents are informed on application)
Locations: 2 Turf Club Road, The Rainforest | 36 Swiss Club Road, Swiss Club
Registration: 9821 3869 | cufa.com.sg
Kids as young as three years old are welcome at this football club in Singapore. They will learn from experienced coaches, many of whom are former S-League and Singapore National team soccer players. It’s a fun, stress-free environment where your child will learn new football skills, make friends and have some “me-time” on the soccer pitch too! Players will develop psychomotor and football skills as well as mental and physical fitness.
The soccer club participates in the National Youth League with teams for different abilities in each age group – and players have the opportunity to take part in tournaments around Southeast Asia. All kids can experience a free trial class before they sign up.
Don’t miss CUFA’s popular half-day summer football camps held at the Swiss Club’s air-conditioned indoor hall and outdoor football pitch, usually during the long break in the middle of the year. These action-packed holiday camps are great for children aged four to 13 years and the perfect way to make friends, pick up some soccer skills and have a lot of fun!
Borussia Academy Singapore
Ages: 4 to 17 years
Duration: Training and matches are offered throughout the year
Location: German European School (GESS), 2 Dairy Farm Lane | Nexus International School, 1 Aljunied Walk
Contact: Coach Anand: 9155 0457 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Borussia Academy has partnered with popular Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach to create an excellent youth development football programme.
With two locations in Singapore, Borussia Academy Singapore offers football training, league matches and year-round tournaments. Their number one goal is that every young player makes new friends, improves their football skills and has a great time!
Borussia Academy offers three programmes:
- Bambini (ages 3 to 5): 60-minute weekly sessions
- Squad Training (ages 6 to 11): Non-League 90-minute sessions
- Competitive Teams for boys and girls (ages 6 to 17): Minimum twice a week for 90 minutes
To sign up for a free trial, go to borussia-academy-sg.com/freetrial.