Academy Program

The European Football Academy trains differently, we believe the current style of football being coached at youth level in England needs to be changed and because of this we focus on:

– Individual technique and Constant assessment;
– Tactical knowledge, Game understanding and Decision making;
– Physical development and Healthy lifestyle;
– Mental development, Fair play and Respect for others.

Our player path is progressive, coherent and challenging to allow young players to reach their potential. We aim not only to leverage the FA intent to upgrade the infrastructure and capability of grass-roots football, but also to impact the training and playing style of our players. We utilise a continental European style of football through:

– Tactical Periodization
– Concept of full-Athlete
– Wide-ranging approach

The European Football Academy as a club maintains the belief in training based on tactical periodisation.
Tactical Periodisation is developed around, the “logical structure” of the game and revolves around four key moments:

  1. Offensive organisation
  2. Transition from attack to defence
  3. Defensive organisation
  4. Transition from defence to attack.

Every action, regardless of the four moments of the game in which it might happen, involves a decision (the tactical dimension),
an action or motor skill (the technical dimension)
that required a particular movement (physiological dimension) and
is directed by volitional and emotional states (psychological dimension)*

This implies that the tactical, technical, physiological and psychological elements are never trained independently. Everything is included, with the main emphasis being that every exercise is organised around (at least) one of the four moments of the game and the tactical principles of play.

We believe the future is the “all-around athlete”, someone with tactical expertise and an understanding of their sport (tactical level), with an advanced technical level (technique), which is highly developed in terms of the coordinative and conditional (strength, resistance, speed and agility) capacities, with the ability to make excellent decisions under high levels of stress and pressure, and is highly motivated and disciplined (psychological).

*(Oliveira, 2004).