If your kid is the next Cristiano Ronaldo or Megan Rapinoe, then these football clubs and soccer schools in Singapore can help prep them for the big leagues
Does your little one eat, breathe, sleep and live for all things football? Then you’re in luck because the love of the beautiful game runs deep here. Football is one of the country’s top past-times, and there are heaps of options if you’re looking for a soccer school in Singapore that will help your child hone their technique, improve coordination and learn what it takes to be a professional soccer player on the global landscape. There are so many benefits to getting your kids into sports so if you are eager to sign your kiddo up for football lessons or soccer camps, check out these top football clubs and soccer schools in Singapore!
Created for kiddos under 3 to under 16, CUFA’s fun and physical sessions are coached by professional footballers, many of whom are active or former S-League and National team soccer players. Not only do the training sessions at this soccer school teach psychomotor and football skills, the coaches aim to provide a balanced learning environment that is individualised and stress-free. Children will get to immerse themselves in the dedication, teamwork and sportsmanship that comes with playing the sport, as laid out by the AJAX football philosophy. Training takes place at four pitches around the island, and CUFA can also arrange for birthday parties either at your home or a rental pitch
Cosmo United Football Club (CUFA), Tel: (+65) 9821 3869, www.cufa.com.sg
Suited to children aged 3 to 16 years, Borussia Academy Singapore’s football training lessons are open for children of all abilities. The coaches here attend to each player’s individual needs and talents, and fun, enjoyment and maximum participation are prioritised at every session. Borussia Academy Singapore has partnered with the German Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach, which is internationally recognised for its outstanding youth development programmes. As such, their training methods encourage players to be creative thinkers and decision-makers in a variety of game situations. There are no boring, monotonous or repetitive drills, and Borussia employs a small-games approach that’s crucial in ensuring maximum engagement and contact for younger children aged 4 to 9 years. All Borussia coaches are certified and qualified and follow a detailed, age-specific training plan, too, and classes take place at three locations: Rainforest (Turf City), Nexus International School (Singapore) and GESS – International School
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Borussia Academy Singapore, www.borussia-academy-sg.com
There’s a holistic football programme in place at this soccer school, which promotes character-building and passion for soccer. Here, both boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 17 will learn progressively through agility workouts, small-sided games and fun exercises, all of which are designed to teach them discipline, goal-setting and problem-solving. There are 13 training centres across the island, and you can click here to find the one closest to you and sign up!
ActiveSG Football Academy, www.myactivesg.com/programmes/academy/football
Little Lionel Messi fans will go loco for soccer club BARÇA Academy Singapore. This premier soccer school in Singapore trains players between the age of 5 and 16 under the world-renowned FC Barcelona methodology. The soccer programme here utilises a small-group setting, allowing your child plenty of attention. Teams under BARÇA Academy Singapore also participate in regular internal games, local soccer leagues, football friendlies and annual soccer tournaments where they compete against other BARÇA academies from around the globe. Training and camps are held at BARÇA Academy Singapore, St. Patrick’s Secondary School and at Montfort School.
BARÇA Academy Singapore, Tel: (+65) 8815 9042, Facebook
Chelsea FC has brought high-quality football coaches from London to train your kiddos at their fantastic facilities. Coaches apply their London HQ coaching skills and philosophies to kids aged 4 to 12, and with professional Chelsea soccer players and coaches visiting Singapore throughout the year, you know your little ones will be learning football from the best here! Classes are held at UWCSEA East.
Chelsea FC International Development Singapore, Tel: (+65) 6305 5344 (ext: 2629), Facebook
Lots of mamas rave about Coach Leo’s way with little ones – even as young as age 2! A Brazilian by birth who played football professionally in Europe, he eventually realised his true passion lay in coaching, particularly wee ones ages 2 to 6. There’s lots of soccer fun for both boys and girls, with both private and group classes (along with football themed birthday parties!) available at a range of locations, and you can also sign up for a free trial.
Coach Leo, Tel: (+65) 8350 7734, Facebook
Offering a unique football training experience for kids aged 4 and above, ESPZEN Soccer School is run very much like a professional European soccer academy, and uses quality training facilities, internationally qualified coaches and the latest coaching ideas to teach kiddies how to play soccer. With weekend and midweek training schedules, holiday camps and youth tournaments, your kids will be pros at the sport in no time! Training takes place at venues all over the island – popular locations include CIS Lakeside, Centaurs Sports Park at Turf Club, GEMS World Academy, The Cage and The Rainforest Sports Hub.
ESPZEN Soccer School, Tel: (+65) 9169 8530 or (+65) 8233 2820, www.soccerschool.espzen.com
Kicking off a fun and well-structured programme for kids 4 to 14 years, this soccer school in Singapore divides its soccer curriculum by age groups, and each one learns a specific set of skills, progressing slowly as they go. Little footballers will learn new skills, make new friends and earn the tools needed to play as part of a team. The atmosphere at First Kick Academy is friendly and down-to-earth and free soccer trials are available. It has nine centres around the island, which include Bishan, Kovan, Thomson, Jurong, Punggol, Yishun and Tampines.
First Kick Academy, Tel: (+65) 9101 0666, www.fka.sg
Does junior dream about playing football alongside their favourite players at Real Madrid FC? Then put them down to train at this top-tier soccer school in Singapore. Each soccer training session has a set of goals for players to accomplish in areas such as technical skills, aerobic conditioning and tactical strategy. Real Madrid Foundation Football School Singapore provides training for kids 6 to 16 years of age, and soccer classes are held at five locations across Singapore.
Real Madrid Foundation Football School Singapore, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 8660 8430, www.frmsingapore.com
One of the most popular soccer schools in Singapore, International Soccer Academy teaches kids from 4 to 18 years. Their coaches encourage commitment and discipline, develop skill and control, and provide an outlet for fun and exercise. They even offer holiday camps, weekly classes and league match-play so kiddies can put their new found skills to good use! They also win bonus points for a girls’ league! Classes are held at The Rainforest Sports Hub at Turf City.
International Soccer Academy, Rainforest Sports Hub, 2 Turf Club Road, Turf Citym, Singapore 287988, Tel: (+65) 6291 1258, www.isa.com.sg
Geared towards older kids, this soccer school in Singapore takes youth football very seriously, what with its arsenal of expert coaches and modern training techniques. Island City FC offers individual development plans for each of its football players, and kids will receive regular assessments and feedback to help them progress. In addition to its regular training sessions, kids can also sign up for weekend soccer sessions.
Island City Football Club, 2 Kim Chuan Drive, CSI Distribution Centre, #08-01, Singapore 537080, Tel: (+65) 8923 4611, www.islandcityfc.com
Formerly known as Arsenal Soccer School, JSSL is one of England’s most successful football clubs and caters to kids of all ages and abilities. It brings its signature playing style and expert coaches to the Lion City, but your kids don’t have to be Gunners fans to join. The soccer coaches here focus on developing quality football skills, while having fun and building confidence. JSSL even offers girls-only classes for active little ladies looking to develop their soccer skills. Classes are held at The Arena, Tanglin Trust School and Tampines SAFRA.
JSSL, Tel: (+65) 6348 5780, www.jssl-singapore.com/fc
Catering to soccer enthusiasts between the ages of 3 and 7, Proactiv Sports caters lessons to suit your child’s age. Littles between the ages of 3 and 5 will learn soccer fundamentals, coordination and gross motor skills as well as basic techniques like dribble and shooting. Kids between 5 and 7 years old will then focus on skill development and individual tactics – a truly progressive soccer programme that teaches them to work in a team. Proactiv Sports can do custom events and birthday parties, too, and soccer trials can be run at your condo as long as you have a group of three kids.
ProActiv Sports, Tel: (+65) 9355 0376, www.sg.proactivsports.com
This esteemed soccer school and its team of international coaches offer quality training so kids under 8 years old to teens under 19 years old can learn to become strong, competitive footballers. There are soccer teams for both boys and girls, and training is held at Merlion Sports City, Swiss Club Singapore and UWCSEA Dover campus. Scholarships are available, too.
Singapore Football Club, Tel: (+65) 9118 3570, www.singaporefootballclub.com
If your child is already a skilled soccer player, then Turf City FC is the best place to see them expand their skills for the professional leagues. Teams here are taught by a squad of qualified coaches with professional coaching and playing experience. This soccer school in Singapore offers a European football programme, and its teams often participate in Southeast Asia and Europe’s biggest tournaments and tours. Training sessions are suitable for older children, and take place at The Rainforest Sports Hub and Centaurs Sports Park at Turf Club, as well as The Arena.
Turf City FC, Tel: (+65) 8607-8064, www.turfcityfc.com
A final word on footie: the sport known as football in the UK is usually called soccer in the United States, and as Singapore is made up of all nationalities we have used both terms in our roundup!