Do you have a burning ambition to become a football coach? To you want to train and inspire the next generation of young footballers?

Barcelona’s football academy can help you realize your goal through its excellent training course for coaches. The academy offers a wide range of programs designed for coaches and technicians who want to develop their knowledge and improve their teaching skills via in practical and professional training environment.

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Since it was formed, the Barcelona academy has trained over 3,000 coaches and in excess of 10,000 footballers.

Available Programs

  • Courses for coaches (21 months, 18 months, 12 months, 3 months, 1 month, 2 weeks,1 week or 1 day): including theory and practical classes, residential accommodation, language classes (optional), and activities and excursions (optional).

The specialist coaching course at the Barcelona Academy are available for a wide range of durations, from a single day to 21 months, and are based on the methodologies of the city’s most famous teams.

The programs are open to applicants of 16 years and over and are geared towards all young people who have an interest in becoming a professional football coach.

The Barcelona academy has partnership agreements with federations, clubs and organisations throughout the world of football. This enables the coaches to develop training methods and techniques used by teams of a high calibre such as FC Barcelona.

All the courses are delivered by professional trainers with substantial experience on professional benches.

Participants will benefit from practical experience in teams from the network of grass roots football in Barcelona, where they will learn at first hand the working methods of these organisations.

To complement the coaching training, the football academy also offers general or specialist language courses which are delivered within a footballing context.

During their free time, the trainee coaches can enjoy numerous entertainment activities and optional excursions, organised by the academy, which will help them to get to know the city of Barcelona.  

Training Programme

Barcelona Football Academy offers the chance for football coaches from all over the world to develop their knowledge of training methodology, through theory and practice based on the successful Spanish football model.

The academy offers a diverse range of specialist programs for coaches and trainers, from single day courses, to residential programs up 21 months in duration.

Football Training

Football Training

All football training sessions are guided by coaches from the Barcelona football academy at their installations in Barcelona, Spain.

In developing its programs, the Barcelona academy works in partnership with the Catalan Football Federation (FCF) and the best grass roots football teams in Barcelona.

The theory classes are delivered by professionals from the FCF and are recognised with official certificates.

In the practical sessions, FCF coaches are involved, but the development of the classes is the responsibility of the coaches of the football team where the students train on a day-to-day basis.

The Barcelona Academy’s excellent training courses for coaches cover technique, tactics, physical conditioning, coordination, strategic elements and ball skills. The program consists of individual and team-based components.

In terms of the length of the course, the main programs offered by the Barcelona academy are:

12 month course (extendable up to 18 and 21 months)

This course enables the trainee to acquire the knowledge necessary to work as a semi-professional football coach. You must be at least 18 years old to enrol and on completion of the course you will be awarded the Level 1 certificate (basic football skills instructor) or Level 2 (regional coach).

The course runs from August to June, though it can be extended by 6 or 9 months more.

3 month course

A specialist course delivered by the Catalan Football Federation (FCF) for participants aged 16 years and over. This program run between September and June. The course follows some of the following models:

Training for teams of beginners and development of basic football skills, based on the Catalan model.

  • Planning for a season - structured micro-cycles for proficiency level teams
  • Building a game plan based on FCF criteria and training components
  • Training for goalkeepers at beginner level including skills development and proficiency
  • Functions and responsibility of a football club coordinator. Sporting conduct
  • Scouting and new technology

1 month course

These are specialist courses delivered by FCF staff between September, aimed at training young players aged 8 years and above.

Participants can take the following:

Catalan A (beginners from 8-13 years)

  • Basic skills, by territory
  • The team in attack
  • The team in defence
  • Goalkeeper proficiency training

Catalan B (development level for 13-18 years)

  • Methodology applied to technique
  • Tactical methodology and behavioural analysis of the coach
  • Team-based conduct for beginners
  • Planning for the season, video analysis and goalkeeper training for beginners

Catalan Pro (proficiency level for 18 years and above)

  • Planning for a season (proficiency)
  • Game planning, based on methods of leading Barcelona clubs
  • Analysis of the best teams in Spain
  • Game plans of Catalan teams and goalkeeper training (proficiency)

2 week courses

FCF programs open to participants aged 16 years and above. These courses take place from September to June and offer a wide range of options:

  • Training for teams and individuals at beginner, development or proficiency level, based on the Catalan football model
  • Planning for a season - the structured micro-cycle for proficiency level teams
  • Building a game plan based on FCF criteria
  • Task creation for training according to the game plan, based on methodological criteria
  • Training for goalkeepers: beginners, development and proficiency
  • Roles and responsibilities of a football club coordinator - sporting conduct
  • Scouting and new technologies
  • Game plans of the Barcelona clubs
  • Course for football monitors

1 week course

These programs are delivered by FCF staff between September and June and are open to participants 16 years and above.

Some aspects that are covered by the 1 week programs include:

  • Training for teams at basic, development and proficiency level based on the Catalan football model
  • Planning for the season - structured micro-cycles for proficiency teams.
  • Building a game plan based on FCF criteria
  • Task building for game plan training according to methodological criteria
  • Training for goalkeepers: beginners, development and proficiency
  • Roles and responsibilities of a football club coordinator - conduct of a coordinator.
  • Scouting and new technology
  • Game plan of the Barcelona clubs
  • Basic elements by territory
  • The team on the attack/in defence
  • Building tasks and goalkeeper training for development and proficiency.
  • Methodology applied to technique
  • Tactical methodology and behaviour analysis of the coach
  • Team conduct for beginners, planning for the season, video analysis and goalkeeper training for beginners
  • Planning for the season for proficiency level
  • Game plans of the leading Barcelona clubs
  • Analysis of the best teams in Spain

1 day course

FCF detailed study whereby participants (16 years and above) will learn about different technique-related concepts.

Some of the one day courses cover:

  • Basic tools of sports training for coaches
  • Introduction to first aid
  • Design and application of a game plan
  • Coordination and management of teams
  • Crisis management. Opportunities which present as problems
  • Goalkeeper training at different stages of development
  • Session planning and tasks
  • Strategies for absorbing complexity
  • Designing simulation scenarios

Language Classes

The training course for coaches at the Barcelona academy attracts participants from all over the world. As a result, the course also offers a choice of two language classes for students who want to learn a new language or boost their existing level while also developing their coaching skills.

Language classes at Football camp

Language classes

The Barcelona coaching program offers two types of language classes:

  • General language course: A formal language course, adapted to the sports context of football coaches - an internationally-recognised certificate will be awarded at the end of the course.
  • Specific football-related language course: This is a more idiomatic programme, where coaches will study the vocabulary and expressions encountered in the world of professional football. At the end of the course, students will receive an internationally-recognised certificate.

Many participants find that the language lessons act as the perfect companion to the coaching course, improving their confidence and enabling them to communicate better during their stay.

Agenda & Activities

Depending on the program that has been selected, students will take part in a range of activities during their stay at the Barcelona Academy. Daily coaching classes will consist of a combination of theory lessons and practice.

There will also be practical training, where the coaches assist in training sessions of affiliated teams from the Catalan league.

In addition, participants will visit a training session of FC Barcelona where they will get to see first-hand into how the technical team of this prestigious team conduct their coaching sessions.

Below is an example of a typical schedule that can be expected at the Barcelona Academy for coaches.

The Friday and Saturday schedule will include football matches, analysis and feedback in the morning and afternoons, as well as other activities including a trip watch an FC Barcelona training session.

The football matches are played by minor local league teams and give the coaches an opportunity to put into practice all the knowledge assimilated during the course. As well as helping out with the coaching, participants will also carry out observational analysis of the games.

For those who have chosen to learn a language during their stay, the classes are held in the morning.

Accommodation & Facilities

The theory and practical training for coaches takes place at the fantastic facilities of the Catalan Football Federation and UE Cornellà football club. The Catalan team’s stadium has a number of UEFA-certified football pitches (11-a-side, 7-a-side and a 3-a-side annex) constructed from the latest generation artificial turf.

In addition, the centre boasts an area reserved for goalkeeper training, a video room, gym, dressing room and physiotherapy room.


 

Training Course for Coaches - Barcelona camp Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation for participants at the training course for coaches in Barcelona is provided by the International Tennis Centre.

  • Residence:

    The International Tennis Centre is a sports facility located in the south east of Cornellà de Llobregat, just 15 minutes from Barcelona airport. The residence has a total of 80 places and can accommodate 60 boys and 20 girls.

    Rooms are double, triple or quadruple with shared bathrooms and each player has a wardrobe, bed, desk, chair and shelf, as well a mini-refrigerator to share. There is a daily cleaning service and a laundry cleaning three times a week. In addition, there are safety deposit boxes for the safe-keeping of valuables.

    Participants also have access to a common room which is equipped with a television and games console.

    The residence also has 20 tennis courts, a spa, swimming pool (with retractable roof) and a study room, where the optional language classes are also held between Monday and Friday.

  • Hotel (optional):

    If you prefer hotel accommodation, the Barcelona football academy has agreements with a number of hotels near to the sports centre which also have good local transport connections.

    The hotel provides double or shared rooms and includes meals on a half-board basis (breakfast and dinner).

Full board accommodation

Participants who stay at the residence will have full board accommodation included in the price. The menu is healthy and balanced, and well adapted to the demands of the sports training program.

Clinic

The residence in conveniently located next to the Policlinica Cornellà. The health centre is fully-equipped with the medical facilities to cope with all kinds of injuries and ailments.

Prices & Dates

The prices of this programme vary according to a number of factors, such as the demand for places and the age of the participant. Please indicate the approximate start date you are considering and we will contact you as soon as possible with the prices and dates which are available.

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Included in the price
  • 20 hours of FCF theory classes
  • Airport transfers to and from the hotel
  • Meals (full board)
  • Accommodation in residence
  • Training kit
  • Access to swimming pool, spa, water sports, tennis and mini tennis
  • Visits to training sessions and football matches in Barcelona
  • Certificate from Barcelona Football Academy
  • Certificate from Catalan Football Federation
  • Medical insurance
  • Physiotherapy service 
Not included in the price
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Daily transport to academy

Insurance policies

  • 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

Booking

To book a place at the Barcelona Football Academy, it is necessary to pay the full cost a full month before the start date of the course.

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