Your guide to find the perfect High Performance Football Academy

Match day at the High Performance Football Academy England

Your guide to find the perfect High Performance Football Academy

How do talented, passionate, and hardworking young soccer players get noticed by world-famous club teams and eventually go on to sign professional contracts? In many cases, they join a High Performance Football Academy where their football training is considered just as important as their education.

At Ertheo.com, we offer 4 of the best High Performance Football Academy options in the world.

FC BARCELONA USA

High Performance Football Academy
FC Barcelona arizona high performance summer football camp

STAMFORD ENGLAND ACADEMY

High Performance Football Academy
High Performane soccer goalkeeper camp in England

BARCELONA SPAIN ACADEMY

High Performance Football Academy
High performance academy barcelona winter soccer camp

VALENCIA SPAIN ACADEMY

High Performance Football Academy
High performance academy barcelona winter soccer camp

Although each academy offers unique training programs and educational options, many share similar features and characteristics which classify them as high performance training academies.

Match play at the High Performance Football Academy in England

Consider this your complete guide to choosing the perfect high performance football academy.

In this guide, we’ll answer these 5 important questions regarding high performance football academies and highlight the main features of the four high performance football academies we offer to help you choose the right one for you.

1. What is a high performance football academy?

2. What is the typical profile and skill level of the participants?

3. What is the usual process for being accepted into one of these elite academies?

4. What kind of athletic programs do these academies usually offer?

5. What kind of educational programs do these academies usually offer?

Players at the FC Barcelona High Performance Academy

1. What is a high performance football academy?

A high performance football academy is an institution which offers high level soccer training for elite athletes and, at the same time, offers formal educational programs so that elite athletes can both train at a high level and continue their formal education. Since these programs are centered around education, programs are typically long-term and last for the duration of the scholastic year.

In some cases, club teams establish and manage their own high performance football academies as is the case with FC Barcelona’s High Performance Football Academy in Arizona USA. In other cases, like the academies in Barcelona, England, and Valencia the academies are not affiliated with any specific club team. To clarify, lack of affiliation with a specific team does not make these academies any less professional, less effective, or less legitimate.

2. What is the typical profile and skill level of the participants?

Students at high performance football academies are usually highly skilled, hardworking, passionate athletes who have the potential to play soccer professionally. In fact, many participants are scouted at these academies and sign professional contracts upon finishing their scholastic year or graduating from the academy. In some cases, as is the case at the FC Barcelona High Performance Football Academy in the USA, participants can receive scholarships to study and compete at American universities.

Compare the athletic profiles of participants at our high performance football academies below:

Closing of a match at High Performance Football Academy in England

3. What is the usual process for being accepted into one of these elite academies?

These high performance football academies have very high standards in terms of who they accept into their programs. They only accept the most elite athletes and have very limited placements. Therefore, to be accepted into any one of these academies, participants must first be evaluated in terms of their skills, and in most cases, also in terms of their behavior and attitude.

Most academies offer tryout sessions of one or more days in which coaches evualate the hopeful candidates’ skills and attitudes. However, almost all academies highly recommend that aspiring participants attend a short term course during the summer or winter months before they expect to attend the academy. Participants in summer or winter programs of two weeks or more not only give coaches ample time to evualate their skills, but also demonstrate their passion and dedication to reaching their full potential as soccer players.

In some cases (usually extreme cases), candidates can send videos of their performance on the field during matches to the academy. This is the least recommended option as it doesn’t allow coaches the opportunity to get to know the player in question.

In most cases, attending tryouts and trials, participating in short-term programs, and even sending videos requires a payment to the academy.

Compare the trials and tryout of each high performance football academy below:

Students training at the FC Barcelona High Performance Academy

4. What kind of athletic programs do these academies usually offer?

High performance football academies usually offer both long-term and short-term athletic programs.

Long-term programs typically last for the length of the school year and consist of 20 – 30 hours of training per week. In some cases, these 20 – 30 hours take into account both field time and classroom time covering strategic theory. In other cases, these 20 – 30 hours strictly refer to on-field training, friendly match play, and tournaments.

Most high performance football academies also offer short-term options in which participants attend the academy and train with participants in the professional long-term program. There participants simply don’t stay at the academy during the course of the entire academic year. Participants can usually join a short-term program at any time of the scholastic year. Most short-term programs are 3 or 6 months long, but in many cases can be personalized to meet the specific needs of the participant.

Many of these academies also offer summer programs and summer camps. These are great options for athletes who want to participate in the professional full-year academic program in the future.

Compare the athletic programs of each high performance football academy below:

Match play at the FC Barcelona High Performance Football Academy

5. What kind of educational programs do these academies usually offer?

The specific educational programs that each high performance academy offers highly depends on the country in which the academy is located. Therefore, education options vary quite a bit.

Some academies, such as the High Performance Football Academy in England, offer a variety of education options that prepare students careers in a sports-related fields. Students at the academy in England can study sports-related university degrees or enroll in sports-related vocational training programs.

Other academies like the one in Barcelona and the FC Barcelona academy in Arizona, USA offer students the opportunity to study within the educational systems of Spain and the USA respectively.

Compare the educational programs of each high performance football academy below:

Other important features to take into account

This guide highlighted 4 of the most important factors to consider when choosing a high performance football academy.

  1. Athlete profile
  2. Tryouts and entrance
  3. Athletic programs available
  4. Education programs avaiable

Other important factors to consider when choosing a high performance football academy include:

  1. Facilities
  2. Residence options
  3. Academy’s values
  4. Added benefits at the academy
  5. Price
  6. Payment options

Click MORE INFO to answer any additional questions you might have regarding these additional factors.

FC BARCELONA USA

High Performance Football Academy
FC Barcelona arizona high performance summer football camp

STAMFORD ENGLAND ACADEMY

High Performance Football Academy
High Performane soccer goalkeeper camp in England

BARCELONA SPAIN ACADEMY

High Performance Football Academy
High performance academy barcelona winter soccer camp

VALENCIA SPAIN ACADEMY

High Performance Football Academy
High performance academy barcelona winter soccer camp

As always, to help you choose the right high performance football academy, our team at Ertheo.com is available to answer all of your questions and offer expert advice.

Call us at (+44) 203 769 94 43 or (+34) 902 750 359.

For a complete list of all the football programs and camps we offer, click here.

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