Boarding School Soccer Academies

At boarding school soccer academies, students receive a top-of-the-line education while participating in an intensive professional soccer player training program to prepare them for collegiate soccer or even a professional soccer career. Not to mention, additional benefits of boarding schools include the opportunity to make friendships and memories that last a lifetime.

Boarding school soccer academies provide all the benefits of traditional boarding schools and more:

1. Students at boarding school soccer academies receive a prestigious college preparatory education from high-qualified teachers who love what they do.

2. With consistent, devoted support from teachers and staff, they learn to be independent beside other students who share the same goals and ambitions.

3. They learn the importance of hard work and sacrifice in pursuit of their goals both on and off the soccer field.

4. And, perhaps most importantly, they live an incredible experience and make friendships and memories with their teammates that are sure to last them a lifetime.

What is a boarding school?

A boarding school is a residential academic institution in which students live and study during the academic year. Boarding schools typically follow a college preparatory curriculum and, thanks to dedicated and highly-qualified teachers and staff, have an outstanding reputation for academic excellence.

Boarding schools challenge students to reach their full potential both academically and as mature young adults. Classes are often small which not only gives students more opportunities to participate but also gives teachers more opportunities to get to know their students and personalize their learning. Furthermore, since boarding schools teach their students how to manage their academic and personal responsibilities, more than 85% of graduates claim that they are well-prepared for college while less than 40% of students in public high schools share the same opinion.

Introducing boarding school soccer academies

Boarding school soccer academies provide the same academically enriching experience as traditional boarding schools. However, at boarding school soccer academies, students dedicate most of their free time to attending training sessions in a demanding and intensive professional soccer player training program. Moreover, all students at boarding school soccer academies share the same goals and ambitions – achieve their full potential on the soccer field and in the classroom.

According to students’ experience and alumni success, the FC Barcelona boarding school soccer academy in Arizona, USA and the boarding school soccer academy in Barcelona, Spain are among the best boarding school soccer academies in the world.

The high performance soccer academy in Barcelona, Spain is a boarding school soccer academy where talented young soccer players from all around the world can begin their journey to playing professionally in La Liga or another European league while receiving a world-class education.

Players like Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas have passed through this academy and gone on to sign professional or semi-professional contracts.

Age

The academy accepts students from 13 to 21 years old to attend their soccer boarding school. Younger students as young as 8 years old can attend summer camps to sharpen the skills and get to know the academy so they can join when they are of age.

Education

Education at the high performance academy in Barcelona is extremely flexible to meet the needs of Spanish students and international students. Students can choose to continue their education online through distance education with their original schools. In this case, the academy provides personal tutors for the students to help them complete their studies. Other students decide to attend the renowned private Spanish secondary schools which work closely with the soccer academies to continue their education. Older students can choose to attend college-level courses or vocational courses which include how to be a football coach or team manager.

Training

Students train for at least 20 hours a week and participate in competitions on the weekends. Training is dedicated to improving players’ technique, physical and mental strength, game intelligence, and concentration.

Additional sports education

Students at the Barcelona boarding school soccer academy also attend workshops and classes related to physical education. Some skills and topics they learn include:

  • Physical preparation and conditioning
  • Psychomotor skills
  • Health assessments
  • Nutrition
  • Injury prevention
  • Recovery
  • Sports hygiene
  • Sports psychology
  • Contact with the world of football
  • Values through football

The FC Barcelona high performance soccer academy in Arizona, USA is the first and only boarding school soccer academy in the USA which competes in the US Soccer Development Academy tournament and is partnered with a successful international team.

Talented young soccer players from all around the world attend the boarding school soccer academy in Arizona for a chance to win scholarships to compete in US collegiate soccer and/or play professionally in the MLS (Major League Soccer).

In fact, every graduate from the boarding school soccer academy in Arizona, USA has earned a college scholarship or signed a professional contract.

Age

The FC Barcelona Academy accepts students from 13 to 19 years old to attend their soccer boarding school. Younger students as young as 10 years old can attend summer camps to sharpen the skills and get to know the academy so they can join when they are of age.

Education

The boarding school soccer academy in Arizona is a college preparatory school which works closely with Arizona State University to prepare students for a college education. Education at the FC Barcelona Academy closely mimics American high school education although students can choose to partake in online distance education with their normal schools. Education at the boarding school soccer academy in Arizona is flexible to meet the needs of both American students and international students.

Training

Students train for at least 20 hours a week at the boarding school soccer academy in Arizona. Training follows the methodology and style of FC Barcelona which is characterized by maintaining ball possession and quick, short passes.

The academy team competes in the United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) league which comprises the best clubs in the country. Many college coaches scout their players from USSDA teams. The academy has won the tournament once and has been runners-up twice in the last few seasons.


Additional benefits of boarding school soccer academies

There are many benefits of boarding schools for students including a prestigious education from highly qualified teachers, a greater likelihood to get involved in clubs and school activities, adequate college preparation, etc. Boarding school soccer academies provide students with all the benefits of boarding schools and provide a long list of additional benefits:

Comprehensive education

Students at boarding school soccer academies work extremely hard to reach their full potential as soccer players. Some even intend to play professionally. Playing at such an advanced level with lofty goals helps the students acquire values that will serve them later on in life as they enter the workforce, balance relationships, face adversity, etc. More specifically, students at boarding school soccer academies learn:

  • The importance of hard work, sacrifice, and discipline to achieve their goals.
  • The importance of teamwork, leadership, and supporting those around you.
  • How to accept criticism and make adjustments according to the criticism they receive.

Students at boarding school soccer academies learn beyond the walls of the classroom. On the soccer field, they learn values and skills that they’ll use in all walks of life once they graduate.

Students study together at boarding school soccer academies.

Optimal health and fitness

At boarding school soccer academies, players achieve optimal health and physical condition – an accomplishment that many never achieve in their lifetime. While most secondary school students spend their free time playing videogames, watching television, or updating their social media, students at boarding school soccer academies spend their free time training on the soccer field working toward peak physical condition.

Furthermore, students at boarding school soccer academies are carefully monitored and cared for. They are fed nutritious meals designed to supply them with the energy they need to train at an intense level and even attend nutrition workshops where they learn how to properly fuel their bodies.

Finally, professionals at boarding school soccer academies understand the importance of sufficient rest and recovery. Students are guaranteed to receive the proper amount of rest to continue performing optimally. Boarding school soccer academies often have on-site medical centers where students can go to treat injuries or attend physical therapy.

Students at boarding school soccer academies not only experience optimal physical condition during their time at the academies. They learn how to care for their bodies so that they can continue to live healthy lives as they enter adulthood.

Goalkeepers train at boarding school soccer academies.

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Sense of responsibility and maturity

Students at boarding schools who live away from their families for one or more scholastic years grow into mature and responsible young adults. They learn how to manage their time, organize themselves, solve problems, and face adversity. This adversity could be as small as working the laundry machines or as big as passing a difficult exam.

That being said, students at boarding school soccer academies experience an extra sense of responsibility as part of a team which shares common goals. At boarding school soccer academies, students’ decisions not only affect themselves but also their teammates and their team’s success. For example, students must excel in the classroom to be able to play in matches. If students don’t prepare for exams and perform poorly in the classroom, their team will suffer without their support during matches. Students at boarding school soccer academies learn to make decisions for the benefit of the team.

Students are in excellent physical condition at boarding school soccer academies.

Lifelong friendships

Students at boarding schools who live away from their families for one or more scholastic years grow into mature and responsible young adults. They learn how to manage their time, organize themselves, solve problems, and face adversity. This adversity could be as small as working the laundry machines or as big as passing a difficult exam.

At boarding schools, friends become family. If dining together at least three times a day isn’t enough to create a special, unbreakable bond between students, learning to live together certainly does.

Boarding school soccer academies take these friendships to the next level. Playing on a team is all about making sacrifices for the greater good of the team. Teammates must constantly support each other on and off the field to achieve real success as a team. This constant support that players give and receive creates a tight, everlasting bond among teammates. Students at boarding school soccer academies become like brothers and remain like brothers throughout the course of their lifetimes.

Equipo de la academia de fútbol del FCB en Arizona celebrando un gol

Ideal candidates for boarding school soccer academies

Boarding school soccer academies are perfect for parents and children with certain profiles and expectations. Likewise, boarding school soccer academies are not for everyone. Below, you’ll find the ideal profiles of parents and children for boarding school soccer academies.

Boarding school soccer academies are ideal for parents who:

1. Parents who work long hours.

It’s often difficult for working parents to find a way to transport their children to and from practices and matches, and/or stay up to date regarding their child’s performance on the field or in the classroom.  Boarding school soccer academies provide the perfect solution with on-site soccer training and transportation to matches and competitions. Furthermore, personal counselors and tutors monitor the students’ performance in the classroom and communicate any and all of the students’ struggles with their parents.

2. Parents of highly talented and dedicated soccer players.

Whether or not a child is able to reach their full potential in a sport often depends upon the resources where the child lives. If the teams in the area don’t play at the same high level as the child or if the coaches in the area aren’t highly experienced, a talented and motivated child may never reach their full potential. Boarding school soccer academies provide the perfect opportunity for these talented children to reach their full potential.

3. Parents who want to ensure that their children complete their secondary education in a positive, healthy, environment.

During adolescence, children are more inclined to succumb to peer pressure in order to feel accepted by their peers. As a result, they often partake in prohibited activities which distract them from their studies and/or lead to worse consequences. Students at boarding school soccer academies are monitored at all times, and almost all free time is dedicated to training, sports education, or recuperation and recovery. Furthermore, all students at boarding school soccer academies share the same goal of reaching their full potential academically and on the soccer field. Therefore, boarding school soccer academies provide the perfect positive, healthy environment for teenagers.

4. Parents who are looking for a way to motivate their children in the classroom.

As classes get more difficult, it’s easy for teenagers to get distracted by their passions and begin to neglect their studies. Unfortunately, this trend tends to occur right when grades and marks start to affect their future opportunities. At boarding school soccer academies, students’ passion for soccer is used as motivation to perform in the classroom. If students don’t perform in the classroom, they’re unable to participate in matches.

Boarding school soccer academies are ideal for students who:

1. Students who love soccer.

Students at boarding school soccer academies spend a large amount of their free time playing soccer, either training and competing in tournaments, or learning about soccer and how to achieve optimal performance. For teenagers who love soccer, there is no better place to attend secondary school.

2. Students who want to optimize their future opportunities both on and off the soccer field.

Boarding school soccer academies are prestigious preparatory schools where students receive personalized attention and advice for their futures both on and off the soccer field. Students leave boarding school soccer academies knowing their best options for playing soccer professionally and their best options for continuing their education.

3. Students who are already in good physical conditions and are looking to reach optimal health.

Keeping in mind that students train for at least 20 hours a week, students who enter these boarding school soccer academies should be used to training quite often and should be ready to embark on a journey toward achieving optimal fitness. From physical conditioning, to on-field training, to proper recovery, to nutritious meals, life at boarding school soccer academies is designed to bring young athletes to their peak physical condition and health.

4. Motivated students with a strong work ethic.

At boarding school soccer academies, students are pushed to their limits both physically and intellectually. In other words, students at boarding school soccer academies really do reach their maximum potential and discover what they’re really capable of. That being said, students are expected to work hard and push themselves to reach their goals.

Boarding school soccer academies are NOT for students/parents who:

  1. Boarding school soccer academies are NOT for students who have behavioral issues at home or at school.
  2. Boarding school soccer academies are NOT for students who are uninterested in soccer.
  3. Boarding school soccer academies are NOT for parents who are looking to punish their child for a poor academic performance.
  4. Boarding school soccer academies are NOT for students who are incapable of training intensely for at least 20 hours a week.

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Booking information

Signing up for a boarding school soccer academy can be a long and complicated process especially if you’re hoping to attend a boarding school soccer academy abroad. You’ll have to make payments, make travel plans, prepare for the program, perhaps even request a visa, and more. In most cases, organizing travel services from the airport to the academy or completing visa applications requires constant communication and counsel. Ertheo sports and education agency can help you complete the process of signing your child up for a boarding school soccer academy.

Book stress-free with Ertheo

At Ertheo, we are dedicated to helping young athletes reach their full potential. To accomplish our mission, we provide personalized assistance and counsel to each one of our clients. Not only will we help you choose the program best suited to your needs, but we’ll also assist you in completing all the steps along the way to ensure a safe and smooth arrival to the soccer boarding school.

By booking with Ertheo, you’ll experience:

  • Friendly customer service from experienced professionals (in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Arabic)
  • Expert advice and counsel for choosing a program
  • Step-by-step guidance for completing forms and paperwork
  • Stress-free, easy booking and payment processing
  • Packing lists and soccer academy arrival guides
  • Security and protection should problems arise during your stay at the academy

By booking with Ertheo, you’ll avoid:

  • Automated customer service
  • Dealing with hard-to-reach academy directors or staff members
  • Spending an exorbitant amount of money of a program that doesn’t meet your objectives
  • Stressing over booking and payment information

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