Announcing our 2019 Inline Programs: Academy Training and Tournaments
As soccer continues to grow internationally, we are always look for ways to help connect youth and coaches from all over the world with professional European soccer clubs through Academy training programs, international tournament play, clinics and coaching education. We are so excited to unveil our newest programs and destinations for 2019!
The Program Hubs
We continue to work from four different Hub locations within Europe, each chosen for the strength of the program and our superior access. These Hub cities are: Madrid, London, Amsterdam and Rome.
Each of these hubs is a European football capital with exciting tourism opportunities, and an international airport which gives our travelers lower flight costs and more flight options. We have extensive experience organizing programs in these destinations, meaning that our networks there are unmatched. Our relationships with professional clubs in the area mean inside access to Academy training facilities and quality Academy coaches, and our knowledge of local youth football clubs will result in friendly matches that are level appropriate for your team.
New Academy Partnerships
We are proud to announce our newest training program destinations for 2019, the Royal Belgium Football Association, Belgium’s governing body of soccer, as well as the Italian powerhouse Juventus F.C.
Royal Belgian Football Association
The Royal Belgian Football Association, also known as KVBV, is the governing body of soccer and futsal in Belgium.
Less than 20 years ago, the KVBV made a bold decision to redesign the country’s soccer blueprint by adopting the same vision for clubs, national teams and coaches.
They began by implementing a particular style of play in under-18 teams across the country and emphasizing development at the youth level. They deemphasized the importance of winning and urged a delayed introduction to full-size pitches, opting for five-a-side and seven-a-side play.
The national team experienced an explosion of talented youth players and some of the biggest names today in soccer are a testament to the blueprint. These players include Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne, Chelsea phenomenon Eden Hazard, Manchester United striker-midfield duo Romelu Lekaku and Maroane Fellaini, and goalkeeping sensation Thibaut Courtois.
You’ll experience first hand the recipe for success that revolutionized soccer in Belgium and propelled the Belgian national team to one of the top ten in FIFA world rankings today.
The Juventus Youth Academy has been recognized as one of the best Academies in Italy for producing young talent, with many graduates going on to play in top divisions in Italy. All the Youth Academy teams train at the club’s main training ground called Juventus Center, located about 9 miles southwest of Turin. Many notable players have come up through the ranks at Juventus to play on both the first team and the full Italian national team like Alessandro del Piero.
Juventus F.C. is the one of the biggest clubs in Italy, located in Turin in northern Italy. It has the biggest fan base in Italy and one of the largest worldwide. Juve, as the club is referred to for short, was founded in 1897 and is the most Italian side in the 20th century boasting 52 domestic trophies, 2 Champions Leagues titles, 1 European Winners Cup, 3 UEFA Cups, 2 European Super Cups, 1 UEFA Intertoto Cup. The club is home to international superstars like Gigi Buffon, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain.
International tournaments allow an opportunity to join our Academy training experiences with international tournament competition. In 2019 we will continue to work with very closely with the Donosti Cup held in San Sebastian, Spain. We also offer training experiences with the MIC (Mediterranean International Cup) held outside of Barcelona, Spain and the Valencia C.F. Soccer Cup in Valencia, Spain.
All of these tournaments can be combined with a few days of training with a professional youth academy in Spain. Many opt to start their tournament travel with training sessions at Real Madrid City with Real Madrid Foundation coaches, before heading to their tournament destination.
Interested in traveling with us in 2019? Get in touch!