Who is LaLiga?
LaLiga is the world’s strongest football league with some of the most loved players. LaLiga Clubs include:
- Athletic Club
- FC Barcelona
- RCD Espanyol
- Real Madrid
- Atlético de Madrid
- Real Sporting de Gijón
- Sevilla FC
- RC Deportivo de la Coruña
- Real Betis Balompié
- Real Sociedad
- Valencia CF
- Atlético Osasuna
- Deportivo Alavés
- Villarreal CF
- Celta de Vigo
- CD Leganés
- Granada CF
- SD Éibar
- UD Las Palmas
- Málaga CF
What is LaLiga Academy?
LaLiga Academy is the region’s premier football school open to boys and girls aged 6-16 years who want to learn football the Spanish way. The academy offers players the opportunity to learn unique LaLiga methods, the same football skills and tactics learned by the world’s best footballers.
What comprises LaLiga training methodology?
LaLiga Academy focuses on teaching the Spanish football way, which involves a holistic approach that combines physical, tactical, emotional, and strategic training. LaLiga Academy instills in all its players important values like leadership, teamwork, commitment, gratitude and respect. Skills developed through the LaLiga Academy program are transferable across many disciplines on and off the pitch and help its players not only nurture a winning offensive style of play and technical skills but also shape them into well-rounded individuals. These skills include:
- Decision making
- Ball possession
- Short Passing
- Player Movement
- Technical Skills
How is LaLiga Academy different from other football schools?
LaLiga Academy grew out of a need for talented youth in the region to find a training ground to further develop their football skills at international standards. LaLiga found the UAE to have great potential and a natural choice to launch its world’s first Academy in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
LaLiga Academy is intent on providing the best quality coaching in handpicked locations across the country, and in an effort to create the most compelling football development pathway in the region, also serves as a scouting academy where the most talented players are coached, prepared and guided towards a professional football career.
What makes LaLiga Academy coaching so impactful and unique in the UAE?
LaLiga Academy offers the world’s highest professional level training. An all UEFA certified coaching team, holding the highest UEFA certification, ensures that enrolled Academy players receive the same world-class level of coaching that has produced the world’s finest players hailing from the best clubs in Europe. Each Academy location will have a team consisting of a UEFA Pro, as well as UEFA A and B LaLiga coaches.
Training at the Academy will follow the trademark LaLiga coaching approach, focusing both on football technique, skills and fitness to hone players for competitive matches, as well as physical, emotional and mental strength development.
This will ensure that players receive the best foundational training, enabling them to pursue either a pro-football career at leading clubs or obtain a full football scholarship to the world’s universities.
How can my child pursue a professional career through LaLiga Academy?
LaLiga Academy is not only a training academy but also a professional scouting academy through which the Spanish League can tap into for talent from this region. Players who are recognized for their exceptional talent and trainability by Academy coaches, who are also qualified as professional scouts, will be enrolled in an exclusive LaLiga Summer Training Camp in Spain. The 3-week intensive camp will include high-level training and competitive matches against top LaLiga youth clubs. These matches will be attended by LaLiga Club scouts on the lookout for top talent to be recruited by their clubs.
How does LaLiga Academy help enrollees obtain high value football scholarships at top universities in the US and UK?
At LaLiga Academy, registered players also have the opportunity to obtain a full 4-year football scholarship to study at the world’s best with an extensive network connecting high potential players to over 50 Division 1 and 60 Division 2 universities in the US as well as select top universities in the UK.
LaLiga Academy offers a comprehensive university application prep program for select players ages 14 and above with good academic standing, with the aim to maximize their chances to secure high-value football scholarships. This program, which is free of charge and managed by dedicated LaLiga Academy counselors, working with the coaching team, will guide registered players throughout the university application process to develop and submit a compelling file to optimize scouting and scholarship opportunities. This includes:
- Developing an impactful athletic resume and bio to complement student academic records
- Matching players to the most suitable football teams across Division 1 and Division 2 universities in the US, as well as to select UK universities
- Building football credentials through video and online profiles to showcase players’ specific talents and skills
Who can register to train with LaLiga Academy?
LaLiga Academy is open to all boys and girls of all nationalities aged 6 – 16 years old at all skill levels.
When will the LaLiga Academy open?
Registration is now open for the September 2017 season.
The current season schedule runs from September 10 – December 14 (13 weeks) 2017. Please see schedule here.
Will training sessions be differentiated according to skill level?
Differentiation is critical to football development and each child needs to be met at his/her level and challenged appropriately. Here, children of various skill levels will be encouraged to grow and develop and to take their football skills as far as they want. So whether your child is looking to improve, play with friends and have a great time or is committed fully to developing a serious football career, you will find the appropriate level of training at LaLiga Academy.
Once enrolled, will players have the chance to play in tournaments?
Participation in tournaments is a key part of LaLiga’s approach to football development, where technical and leadership skills acquired will be tested and honed on the pitch. Registered LaLiga Academy players will have the chance to play on the LaLiga Academy team and participate in the UAE’s most competitive leagues, according to their age groups. Top talents will also be handpicked to take part in the UAE’s Official Football Association Academy League, where they will meet the nation’s strongest local club academies and other private academies. Top talents will also face off in competitive matches against LaLiga’s top youth clubs in Spain, offering them a unique chance to up their game against some of the world’s strongest clubs.
What are the locations of LaLiga Academy UAE?
Prime locations, befitting LaLiga’s rigorous standards, have been selected across Dubai and Abu Dhabi which are both convenient and accessible. Final locations will be announced shortly.
How many participants train per session?
LaLiga Academy aims for an optimum Coach to player ratio of an average of 1 to 12 for the younger age groups (U6 & U8) and an average of 1 to 18 for the other age groups.
How do I register my child?
Parents can register here.
What are the fees for enrollment?
Academy fees are detailed here.
How long are the training sessions and how many times a week do they take place?
For the U6, U8, U10 age groups there will be up to two, 60 minute training sessions/week.
For the U12, U14, U16, U18 age groups there will be three, 90 minute training sessions/week.(NB: this is may change slightly)