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 an elite standard of the game. Here are some of the best football schools and soccer clubs to consider.
French Football Academy
Ages: 6 to 17 years
Duration: Eight weeks per term
- Wednesday, 6pm to 7.15pm, at XCL 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: 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 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, 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 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.
Liverpool FC International Academy Singapore
Ages: 4 to 16 years
- LFC Elite U8-U16, four phases of 30 to 36 sessions each year, three weekly sessions
- Development Academy U8-U16, one weekly session
- Little Reds U4-U6, one or two weekly sessions
Cost: LFC Elite, $500-$600 per phase; Development Academy/Little Reds, $378 for 10 sessions
Locations: Rainforest Sports Hub/Premier Pitch, Turf City | Mango Field, Tampines
Registration: 9669 5029 | lfcacademy.com.sg
The Liverpool FC International Academy (LFC IA) is the global youth coaching arm of Liverpool FC. This kids football club delivers the same coaching curriculum and techniques that are used with young players at the Academy in Liverpool. Students at LFC IA in countries across the world learn how to play The Liverpool Way.
Cosmo United Football Academy (CUFA)
Ages: Year of birth, 2007 to 2019
Duration: 60 to 90 minutes
Cost: It 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 kids soccer club 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)
Ages: 2 to 12 years
- 2-to-5-years group, Saturdays, 8.30am to 9.15am
- 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. This a kids soccer club that 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).
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