afc ajax select program
learn from the world’s best soccer academy
generation adidas international is proud to offer top tier adidas youth clubs in the U.S. an exclusive soccer experience in the Netherlands through its partnership with one of the most famous soccer clubs in the world – A.F.C. Ajax. The Ajax Academy facility is named ‘De Toekomst’, which means ‘future’ – a fitting name given Ajax’s reputation for developing top Dutch talent from a young age. In fact, most of the current Ajax starters have developed their skills in this Academy. It is considered by many to be the best Academy in the world. Come experience Ajax’s youth development philosophy firsthand while visiting the beautiful city of Amsterdam.
Ajax is the most successful club in the Netherlands and has always played in the highest league, the Eredivisie, since its foundation in 1956. They have won 33 Eredivisie League titles, 18 Dutch Cups, and 8 Dutch Super Cups, as well as 4 UEFA Champions League titles, 1 UEFA Cup, 3 European Super Cups, 1 European Winners’ Cup, and 1 FIFA Club World Cup.
2018 will feature two squads composed of 16 players. This year, A.F.C. Ajax Select will be hosting players born in 2003 or 2004.
In conjunction with adidas America, the landed package cost will be covered for selected players (directors, please discuss with your adidas representative or generation adidas international representative for further details). A full training kit plus footwear and additional adidas swag will be presented to each participant.
As a premier pillar of the generation adidas platform, the top adidas clubs nationwide have the exclusive opportunity to nominate players for the A.F.C. Ajax Select and other Select programs. The process for this is as follows:
- Premier adidas clubs will have the opportunity to nominate one player in either the ‘03 or ‘04 age group for the A.F. C. Ajax Select Program.
- Nominees will be selected based on positional needs and qualification.
- Upon arrival, players will be split in to two teams for competition (some players will flex between the two squads), but will train together.
- All players selected will receive their training kit, including footwear, and will only have to cover the cost of their flight and match tickets
The legendary Dutch soccer club A.F.C. Ajax is known all over the world for being a club of homegrown talent.
Some of the most notable players to come through the Ajax youth system are Johan Cruyff, Dennis Bergkamp, Frank de Boer and Wesley Sneijder. Ajax is a club that is not afraid to give young players an opportunity to start playing, and loves to see their youth players climb the ranks and debut in the first team. Former Ajax and Dutch national team midfielder and current Ajax Academy coach, Arnold Mühren, gives us his take on the Ajax training Philosophy, football, and his time with our generation adidas international A.F.C. Ajax Select players.
We spent time with the A.F.C. Ajax Coach and former professional player to find out what sets the Ajax Academy a cut above the rest. Click to learn about:
- A few of the key components of the Ajax youth development philosophy
- What the training experience is like at Ajax for our generation adidas international A.F.C. Ajax Select players
- The advice that Mühren gives to young players that want to improve their game
- How football has changed throughout his career, and what advice he has for players looking to become professionals