Top kids football clubs
There are a few great kids football clubs and schools in Singapore where children of all ages and levels can hone their skills and techniques. Your kids will be kicking goals (of one kind or another!) in no time, thanks to training from top soccer coaches who prepare players for elite football. Here are some of the best football schools and soccer clubs to consider.
Chelsea FC IDC Singapore Soccer Club
Ages: 4 to 18 years
- Beginner 4 to 7 years: Saturday mornings, 3 hours
- Beginner 7 to 11 years: Saturday mornings, 1 hour
- Invitational 7 to 18 years: up to three times a week, Tuesday and Thursday nights and Saturday mornings, 1.5 hours
- Beginner Girls 7 to 12 years: Saturday mornings, 1 hour
- Invitational Girls 12 to 18 years: Saturday mornings, 1.5 hours
Cost: 1 hour Beginner – $27 per session; 1.5 hour Invitational – $38 per session. Kit package consisting one official Chelsea FC IDC Nike shirt, a pair of shorts and socks – $120
Location: UWCSEA East, 1 Tampines Street 73
Registration: 6305 5344 | uwcsea.edu.sg/cfcidc
As long as your child has an interest in football, there’s a session for their ability or experience at Chelsea FC IDC. They’ll be placed with other children of the same age and enthusiasm for football. As they learn to work effectively in a team, players also get to focus on individual creativity and expression as they learn how to play the sport in a relaxed environment. Players will learn from Singaporean coaches who are qualified up to AFC C license and other sports coaching certificates relevant for youth coaching. All the staff are also trained in first aid and the use of AED in case of emergency.
Chelsea FC IDC is the only football club in Singapore that has coaches on secondment from a Premier League club of UEFA standard; the two British coaches managing the programme are employed directly by Chelsea Football Club in England. They both hold UEFA A and B licenses and have experience working in the UK with the Chelsea FC Academy, Girls Regional Talent Centre and Boys Development Centre.
French Football Academy – Kids Soccer Club
Ages: 6 to 17 years
Duration: Eight weeks per term
- Wednesday, 6pm to 7.15pm, at GEMS World Academy
- Friday, 5.30pm to 6.45pm at SAFRA Tampines
- Saturday, 9.30am to 11am at XCL World Academy
- Saturday, 5.15pm to 6.30pm at Premier Pitch @ Khalsa
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: GEMS 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 academy 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, there are also 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 trained some professional clubs in France and 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) – Kids Soccer Club
Ages: Year of birth, 2007 to 2019
Duration: 60 to 90 minutes
Cost: It varies; parents will be 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 CUFA. They will learn football from experienced coaches, many of who 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 academy participates in two youth football leagues – Unity Football League and JSSL Singapore National Youth Leagues – and players have the opportunity to take part in matches and tournaments. All kids can experience a free trial class before they sign up.
British Football Academy (BFA) – Kids Soccer Club
Ages: Two to 12 years
- Two to five years group, 8.30am to 9.15am on Saturdays
- All other age groups, Mondays to Thursdays, 5.30pm to 7pm
- All other age groups, Saturdays, 9.15am to 10.15am, 10.30am to 11.30am, 11.45am to 12.45pm
- Weekly fees – $40 for one training session per week, $70 for two training sessions per week, $100 for three training sessions per week
- Term fees – $480 for one training session per week, $840 for two training sessions per week, $1,200 for three training sessions per week
Locations: 5B Portsdown Road, Tanglin Trust School training ground; 71 Bukit Batok West Ave 8, Dulwich College (Singapore); 130 Depot Road, North London Collegiate School (Singapore)
The British Football Academy Singapore (BFA) is a great place to pick up football from a young age. Kids are taught by British coaches Dave Phelps and Andy Gillespie, who have many years of experience in professional football in England. The club’s teaching style offers a good balance between fun and discipline. They ensure that each child can learn to play without feeling pressure. They also strive to instil values such as hard work, respect and other interpersonal skills. The club also places a focus on community.
All players have the opportunity to play in a team that competes in the JSSL National Youth Football League. They’re also able to participate in international tournaments. Young ones aged two to four years can join the Little Lions programme, which is perfect for learning fundamental skills. Their Girls programme is available for girls of all ages and abilities. The football club has a partnership with English professional club Blackburn Rovers, which provides opportunities for BFA’s most talented players. The coaches of BFA are also working with the teams of the North London Collegiate School (Singapore) and Dulwich College (Singapore).