Throughout the summer months, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) opens the doors of its Ciudad del Fútbol complex in Las Rozas, Madrid to budding young footballers between the age of 10 and 16.
During their stay, the children get to train at the same top-class facilities that are used by the Spanish National Football Team.
The students are assessed upon arrival and placed in a one of three groups according to their current level of ability.
This camp is aimed at young players who are already members of an affiliated team. As a result, the training is of a higher level than our standard courses.
For 17.5 hours per week the participants will learn new skills and refine their existing techniques and tactics. All sessions are held under the expert guidance of national coaches from the Royal Spanish Football Federation and with instructors who are graduates or students of sports science.
The students also partake in many other activities including 5 hours of English per week, excursions and leisure activities.
Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) Football Camp
About the Royal Spanish Football Federation
The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) is the main governing body for football in Spain. It has within its many departments a section devoted to ‘Basic Football,’ the aim of which is to provide basic football training for young people at both professional and amateur level.
It is very important that children who want to be successful at football begin by playing the game at schools and camps where their particular age group is catered for. In addition, there should also be a focus on education and the health aspects of sport.
The Director of this grass roots football department, Ginés Meneńdez, also coordinates courses for coaches and is responsible for the training centre known as “Football City.” This state-of-the-art training hub features workshops, seminars, contests and competitions, all with a Spanish football context. The RFEF also has accredited coaching centres in a variety of locations but which all fall under the umbrella of the Federation.
The aims of “basic football” are very specific: to provide facilities for young people to learn, play and improve their knowledge of football. To achieve this, a special scheme has been created for young people from 8 to 14 years of age, which is divided into three age categories: Benjamin, Juvenile or Children.
Amongst the principal activities of the RFEF are promoting adequate development of student life, planning of physical exercise, organising social events and providing correct and complete information about football. In addition, a project has been set up to develop basic football skills camps throughout the country according to demand.
The essential part of the work is to attract, promote and develop grass roots football, so that youngsters who love the sport are motivated and well provided for. This means having enough information to help them make free choices about their future lives and careers. This focus on a joined-up approach helps to enhance their physical and social skills alongside their sporting preparation.
The following is a list of RFEF-affiliated football academies in Spain that focus on grass roots football:
- Andalucia Football Federation, Seville, Andalucia
- Aragon Football Federation, Zaragoza, Aragon
- Tinerfeña Football Federation, Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands
- Cantabria Football Federation, Santander, Cantabria
- Castilla La Mancha Football Federation, Cuenca, Castilla
- Madrid Football Federation
- Royal Spanish Football Federation, Madrid
- Melilla Football Federation, Melilla
- Guipuzcoana Football Federation, San Sebastian, Basque Country
- Murcia Football Federation
Royal Spanish Footbal Federation Summer Camps
The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) offers a special summer camp for all young people who love football. The camp is for children between the ages of 10 and 16 years of age and attracts participants from all over the world. The camp takes place at Football City in Las Rozas which is one of the best football centres in Spain and the training centre for the Spanish national team.
All training sessions at the RFEF’s summer camps are carried out by a highly-qualified team of coaches, all of whom have a lot of experience teaching young people.
The Royal Spanish Football Federation Foundation Camp is aimed at boys and girls between the age of 10 and 16 who are members of a federated club.
On the day of arrival, a test is conducted to assess the level of each player. The players are then grouped according to three different levels of soccer ability.
The training schedule is split into two sessions, each of an hour and a half in length - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. These equates to three hours per day with one extra session of one and a half hours making a total of 17.5 hours per week.
The training program focuses on improving the abilities of the students and includes a review of defensive and offensive tactics including: shooting, ball control, ball handling, marking, tackling, intercepting, redirecting and clearing, in all game situations.
The coaching team will offer further guidance through analysis of competitive games to emphasise the importance of the different physical skills required to carry out the tasks in each area of the field of play. This will help the students to make better technical and tactical evaluations of what is occurring on the pitch.
In terms of the collective offensive techniques and tactics of the training program, further attention will be paid to changes in the direction in the game, supports among players, movement of the ball, and the occupation of the free spaces on the playing field, all applied to strategic systems.
In terms of the collective defensive techniques and tactics of the program, there will be special emphasis on coverage, substitutions, recovery runs and using initiative to gain an advantage outside of positional play.
The Spanish Football Federation was founded in 1909, and it used the English Football Association as a reference for its creation.
It was the result of the combined efforts of the many Spanish teams that embraced the sport and continued to play and promote it during the earliest years.
One of the first tasks of the emerging federation was to form a national team comprised of professional or semi-professional players from different regional clubs. Once this was achieved, the federation (RFEF) was able to join FIFA in 1913.
In the 1920s, the sport of soccer developed very rapidly throughout Spain. This was boosted by the national team’s silver medal success at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. As a result, many other teams were inspired to join the federation leading to the formation of the first Spanish league in 1928.
Originally the league was made up of just 10 teams including the previous winners and runners-up of the Copa del Rey (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad, Arenas Club de Getxo, Real Unión, Atlético Madrid, Espanyol and Europa) along with Racing Santander who qualified very a knockout tournament.
Today, the Royal Spanish Football Federation is one of the most important in the world, and its biggest teams regularly dominate the top European competitions. The national team has also reached the pinnacle of world soccer in recent years with victories in the 2008 and 2012 European Championships and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
English Classes RFEF
Standard English classes are not included in this program, but some activities are carried out in the English language.
For five hours each week, the students play games in English, either on the training field or in classroom. This provides the children with the opportunity to practice and learn the English language in a fun and natural way, without even realizing it!
*English classes are optional, those that do not wish to take the classes can opt to partake in a football-only program.
Language classes at Football camp
The students in the RFEF camp can make use of the facilities in their leisure time, for soccer practice, swimming, or athletics in the authorized areas.
The teachers will suggest activities such as crafts, board games, and workshops as a way to support the English material being taught and to integrate, include, and encourage the interaction of the students that make up the group.
On the weekend, the kids go on excursions such as:
- Tour of Real Madrid’s Bernabeu Stadium
- Visit to the museum of the Spanish National Football Team
- Visit to the Warner theme park
- Visit to the Aquapolis water park
Accommodation & Facilities RFEF
Each year, the Spanish Football Federation soccer summer camps including English language classes are hosted at the RFEF Ciudad del Fútbol de las Rozas in Madrid. The center boasts some of the best sporting facilities in the capital, making it the perfect choice for serious young soccer players.
The sports facilities of the Spanish Football Federation in Las Rozas are equipped with four 11-a-side soccer fields (one with artificial turf), one 7-a-side natural grass pitch, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a running track and a covered pavilion sports complex.
The classrooms for the language course are situated next to the sports facilities and attached to the residence halls where the students will be staying.
As well as hosting summer camps for budding young players, the RFEF facilities in Las Rozas is also the training venue of the Spanish National Football Team. The center has a residence hall for summer camp students with double, triple, and quadruple rooms available. All rooms are external-facing and are equipped with a bathroom, TV, telephone, and air conditioning system.
In addition, the lodging is full board with all main meals included. To ensure that the children achieve the very best sporting performance, the full-board menu follows the same diet as that of the Spanish National Football Team. This also allows the children to get a sense of professional football life during their stay at the camp.
The RFEF summer camp takes the safety and security of the students very seriously. During their time at the camp, the children are under the constant supervision of football federation staff and professional English tutors. In addition, the Ciudad del Fútbol de las Rozas complex is guarded by24/7 private security.
Prices & Dates RFEF
Included in the price
- 17.5 hours a week of soccer training with RFEF coaches
- Accommodation on a full board basis
- A sports equipment gift from Adidas and a souvenir photo
Not included in the price
- Airport transfers
- Travel Insurance
- Cancellation insurance
- 5 hours a week of activities in English
This camp offers an optional airport transfer service for an additional €110. The service consists of supervised escort and collection to and from Barajas airport in Madrid.
- Camp cancellation or interruption insurance
If you want to rest assured that you can recover your money in the event that your child is unable to attend the camp or has to interrupt their stay in the camp because of unforeseen circumstances - our cancellation insurance policy may be of interest to you. More information here
- Travel insurance
We also offer a travel insurance policy that also includes medical assistance for just €8/week (for EU citizens) or €15/week (for the rest of the world). Details of the full policy coverage can be found here