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ACADEMY PROGRAM

7 to 14 years

ESM Academy Football program, ideal for players between the ages of 7-14, focusses on individualized player development within a team setting. We provide all-encompassing football training, including position-specific, strategic, physical and mental training, and an encouraging learning environment.

Like to speak to someone? Connect with Coach Sonny from ESM Football Academy on +971 55 587 5986 

Program Membership Benefits
  • Award Winning Program: 3 Hour Sessions Every Week
  • Trained by UEFA and FIFA licensed coaches
  • Weekend Match Days every Saturday
  • ESMFA Kit Provided : T-Shirt, Cap, Backpack, Water Bottle
  • Analysis: Monthly Player Assessment Passport
  • Tournaments: Squad access to Junior Football League (JFL) and Silicon 7’s
  • Discount on Master Classes & Seasonal Football Camps
  • Discount & Priority Bookings for International Tour Package

TECHNICAL & TACTICAL FOCUS

Progression of delivery leaves each athlete with in-depth technical and tactical instruction through an application of position-specific knowledge. Players will also practice applying their newly-learned skills in fullsided 11v11 games

POSITION SPECIFIC FOCUS

Attackers, defenders and goalkeepers will receive position specific instruction and training from ESM Football Academy’s expert coaches. 

Players will incorporate individual drill work into small sided games to expand skill in combination play and scenarios 

LOCAL COMPETETIVE MATCHES

Training and games are held at convenient, centralized, community locations in Dubai. Match format is played in line with UAE FA directives for youth sided games. 

Multiple team sizes of 12 players ensures plenty of game time to apply the skills and techniques that are presented in the curriculum based training.

How your child will improve 
Position Specific
  • Clearing space
  • Sending players through
  • Shutting down an opponent
  • Using angles
Competitive
  • Speed of play
  • Build-ups
  • Changing point of attack
  • Team shape
  • Applying pressure
Technical
  • Dribbling/ball control
  • Passing
  • Receiving
  • Shooting/striking
  • Heading
Tactical

Understand the dynamics of play through numbers. 1v1, 2v2 and up to 11v11 drills focusing on attacking. defending and ball movement

Performance
  • Maximize speed and agility
  • Build power
  • Increase endurance and aerobic capacity
  • Reduce chance of injury
Mindset
  • Pre-match routines
  • Preparation
  • Manage emotions
  • Address adversity

FAQs

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ESM FOOTBALL ACADEMY PROGRAMS?

‘Early Touches’ (3-6 years) is a basic introduction to the sport of football and encourages the development of skills such as balancing and coordination. The focus is more on developing motor skills used in the game, and less on the game itself. 

‘Academy Program’ (7-15) is an intermediate football program. Players will play more game related activities to help players transition from individual skills to team skills. Some small-sided, non-competitive scrimmages works on getting the kids used to the 7 v 7 format that is used in the local U8 & U10 tournaments and leagues.

Promising players from the ‘Academy Program’ are then promoted to the ‘Development Squads’ where the program is player and position specific. It’s aimed at giving up and coming players elite training, play at major youth tournaments in the UAE and provide support when they want to pursue their career at the collegiate level.

WHAT AREAS OF MY CHILDS GAME WILL THE PROGRAMS WORK ON?

For our Early Touches (3-6 Years) Players:

  • • Football Skills Development: Dribbling, Passing and receiving, Shooting, Turning & understanding the game
  • • Physical Development: Motor skills, Coordination, Balance & Fitness(Speed/Agility/Stamina)
  • • Social Skills: Self-confidence, Self-esteem & Respect

For our Academy Players (7-15)

  • • Technical: Dribbling/ball control, passing, receiving, shooting/striking and heading.
  • • Position-specific: Master the unique skill needed at different position of the field. Making runs, clearing space, sending players through, shutting down an opponent and using angles.
  • • Tactical: Understand the dynamics of play through numbers. 1v1, 2v2 and up to 11v11 drills including attacking, defending and ball movement.
  • • Performance: Maximize speed and agility, build power, increase endurance, aerobic capacity and reduce chance of injury.
  • • Competition: Speed of play, build ups, changing point of attack, team shape, applying pressure.
  • • Mindset: Pre-match routines, preparation, manage emotions and address adversity.

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL PROGRAM SESSION LOOK LIKE?

  • • Warm Up
  • • Instructional Session:  Session ensuring a lot of touches for each kid
  • • One Technical Drill: Focusing on one of our core topics (Dribbling/Passing and Receiving/ Shooting/ Turning) Unopposed or with opposition
  • • Team Analysis or Tournament Preparation
  • • Game time: Small sided matches to implement session learnings

WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD BRING TO A SESSION?

  • • Full Football Kit - Provided by ESM Football
  • • Football shoes
  • • Shin pads
  • • Water bottle

HOW MANY PLAYERS ATTEND ACADEMY SESSIONS?

The number of players varies by venue and time of year. Whenever your child come or whatever sport you play, you will always receive small-group training from expert coaches with ultra-personalized instruction available through our support programs. Please contact us for more detail based on when you are considering attending a session.

HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST?

Costs vary depending on the venue and what program you choose for your child! To book or know the prices for this program, please select the venue of choice by clicking here

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