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Developing Your Football Skills While Training With Girls As Ambitious As You: Is It Right For You? It’s possible Utrecht Women’s Football Academy (UVVA), which mainly focuses on highly motivated players up to and including the age of 17. We talk to Founder and Coach John Kaersenhout about this special football academy and what you can expect when you join register.

If you are a little familiar with women’s and women’s football, you’ve no doubt heard of UVVA. “The academy, which was founded in 2014, is the result of the training that was put in place to nurture the women’s branch of FC Utrecht. Today, there are more than a hundred footballers who together represent around fifty clubs. These are not only clubs from Utrecht, but also from the surrounding provinces, ”says John.

The Clarets say “exceptional” players identified through the app will be invited to attend formal trials; Chairman Alan Pace says it is a first opportunity to introduce data-led technologies to the Turf Moor club’s academy

Burnley have announced they are to use artificial intelligence to help them identify young talent.

The Clarets have partnered with talent identification platform AiSCOUT and launched an “open global talent search” in which they are looking to unearth players over the age of 14 that could join their academy.

CHELSEA have been forced to shut their famous academy because of a coronavirus outbreak.

The training centre which produced players like Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham and Reece James in recent years will be closed all week for a deep clean.

ACADEMY matches and training for the Under-15s downwards will stop until February 1st at the earliest because of the latest national lockdown.

However, all activity will continue in the Professional Development Phase (U17s to U23s) and there are plans to introduce weekly Covid testing for players and key staff in these age groups.

On Sunday it will be a decade since Leo Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi occupied all three places on the podium in the Ballon d’Or.

On 10 January 2011, Barça celebrated one of their most important achievements – the fruit of almost 20 years of hard work in the club’s youth academy. 

Europe’s five biggest selling clubs have turned themselves into prodigious ‘talent factories’ and earned a staggering £1.4billion in net income from transfer dealings in the last five years.

These treasure troves of skill and artistry are supplying the continent’s biggest spenders with exciting players, like Matthijs de Ligt, Ederson, Joao Felix, Axel Witsel, Fabio Silva, Alex Telles and Rodrigo.

Chelsea are building regional youth contacts across the UK

Chelsea are taking steps towards giving themselves a major advantage over their Premier League rivals when it comes to recruiting the best domestic young talent in the country by effectively establishing regional feeder clubs.

Chelsea have been ahead of the game when it comes to academy football for a number of years, reflected in their FA Youth Cup dominance – seven trophies in nine seasons from 2009 to 2017 – and two UEFA Youth League titles in the 2010s.

TNS Football Club academy chief Jason Brindley has praised the club’s youngsters for rising to the challenge following an unprecedented year.

Brindley commended players and their parents for adapting to a year beset by lockdowns and social restrictions which have wrought devastation to Welsh sport.

This past year has proved to be the most challenging known, with obstacles thrown our way left and right. Its been an extremely difficult time for everyone,” said Brindley. “

ARSENAL Under-15/16s lead Dan Micciche was our guest on episode #21 of the TGG Podcast, outlining the key principles of both his own, and the club’s, coaching philosophies.

He covered topics including how to foster creativity, encouraging players to take ownership and how to reinforce messages using video. You can listen to the interview via the player below – and after that there is a transcript, which splits the chat into 11 key topics.

In October 2017, Birmingham City joined hands with Spanish side UE Cornellà and this ‘special link-up’ was done to ‘aid player and coach development’.

Cornellà are currently in the Segunda División B, in the shadow of Barcelona and Espanyol in Catalonia.

AS on Wednesday explain the lower division Spanish side’s ‘grassroots football’ is attracting attention from within their country and also internationally.

ANDRIY SHEVCHENKO’S son is training at Chelsea’s youth academy – and could qualify to represent England through his residency status.

Kristian Shevchenko turned 14 in November and is the second of the former Blues striker’s four sons.

He was born and raised in London, making him potentially eligible to play for the Three Lions as a UK passport holder.

The club wants to invest in its academy

Nottingham Forest have submitted plans to build a new academy building to attract the brightest young players in the country to the club.

The new development would take place at the Nigel Doughty Academy in Wilford Lane, West Bridgford.

Further to the government’s announcement on Saturday 19 December and subsequent statements on Wednesday 23 December and Wednesday 30 December with regards to the introduction of Tier 4 areas and the latest information on COVID-19, we have issued the following update.

Another year of the football calendar is coming to a close, and those with a keen European interest will have noticed more names creeping onto their talent radar.

Giovanni Reyna, Youssoufa Moukoko and Dan-Axel Zagadou, Mateu Morey. The list goes on. 

Like Jadon Sancho and Christian Pulisic in recent years gone by, each of these talented youths have a connection binding them firmly together.

Danish minnows FC Midtjylland are planning an audacious assault on the Champions League – in 2030 – by building a school for children from the age of five where they will be taught to become the best players in Europe.

The club made its debut in the elite European competition this season, finishing bottom of Group D after achieving creditable draws at home to Liverpool and away to Atalanta.

Leicester City enjoyed their first training session at Seagrave on Christmas Eve as they settle into life at a new facility that will help them in a number of ways

Leicester City have been given a Christmas treat with the opening of their £100m training ground.

Brendan Rodgers, his staff, and his players enjoyed their first session on one of the 14 full-size pitches at Seagrave on Christmas Eve as part of their preparations for the Boxing Day clash with Manchester United.

An exciting new chapter in the history of Leicester City begins this week, as the Football Club prepares to relocate to its brand-new training complex in north Leicestershire.

The First Team squad will take part in their landmark first training session at the new Seagrave site on Christmas Eve, following the completion of a spectacular facility that signifies a significant step forward for the Club under the ownership of King Power International.

Footballer Marcus Rashford reveals how only those closest to him knew that his family sometimes struggled for food when he was growing up in a new documentary. 

The Manchester United star, 23, has spoken about how his family did not always have an evening meal on the table, despite his mother Melanie working full-time in a bid to support her children. 

As fans of football clubs, we all absolutely adore our teams’ academy youngsters trying to make a mark on the first team. We also love to see their rise on the biggest stages and get to witness how they mature as a player and as a person.

There are many clubs across Europe who fully focus on ensuring that their homegrown talent is the best among all. Some clubs concentrate on this aspect pretty well while some just stop investing after some time.

Manchester United have signed Kai Rooney, the 11-year-old son of Old Trafford legend Wayne, to the club’s youth academy.
Rooney senior, the interim manager at EFL Championship side Derby County, left Old Trafford in 2017 after a 13-year career at United that saw him win every major club honour and eclipse Sir Bobby Charlton as the team’s all-time record scorer, with 253 goals in 559 appearances.

English clubs will be disadvantaged by new Brexit rules on signing young players from overseas, says Manchester United head of academy Nick Cox.

Real Madrid opted not to publish the result of their Benjamin A team’s match against SAD Villaverde San Andres on Saturday.

Villaverde complained about the game on their social media accounts, as Real Madrid‘s Under-9s dealt them a 31-0 defeat.

“We want to show our anger at this type of situation in grassroots football,” Villaverde said in a statement.

In Jamal Musiala, Chris Richards, Tanguy Nianzou, Bright Arrey-Mbi and Angelo Stiller, a number of young Bayern Munich players have had a chance with the first team this season as the club’s focus on making their next stars enters its next phase.

The club has been showing off the new facility

EX-CHELSEA chief Michael Emenalo claimed a former manager tried to CLOSE the club’s academy.

Frank Lampard put his trust in the youth last season after the club were banned from signing players – leading the Blues into the Champions League.

Manchester City youngsters are being put through their paces in academy games to ensure they are as ready as they can be for the first team

Manchester City youngsters are being regularly challenged to play different systems in academy matches to try to prepare them as much as possible for first team football.

Fluid formations are a regular feature of Pep Guardiola teams, with the manager demanding tactical versatility in order to adapt to different in-game situations and also gain an advantage over opponents.

In collaboration with FC Barcelona’s Barça Innovation Hub, Pixellot announced its latest product, Pixellot Air, a portable and lightweight camera designed to be affordable for academy and amateur teams.

“What you get is the entire match produced and also all the statistics,” Pixellot CEO Alon Werber said during a roundtable at the World Football Summit. “You can have match data, heat maps, as if it were a professional match, for any football academy.” 

Changes to rules on transfers are coming into effect for Premier League clubs and it will prompt a rethink from Man Utd and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Willy Kambwala, Alvaro Fernandez, Marc Jurado, Alejandro Garnacho, Isak Hansen-Aaroen and Radek Vitek. They were the six foreign youth players recruited by Manchester United in the summer, from clubs ranging from Sochaux in France, Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, and Norwegian side Tromso.

It does not take a genius to work out why United were so prolific in this area in the window that closed in October.

Because they won’t be able to do it again.

Roma director Morgan De Sanctis discussed the  club’s approach to youth development in an extensive interview with the Giallorossi’s official website.

Over the past few weeks, Roma have announced that five of their Primavera (Under-19 age group) players recently signed new, long-term contract extensions with the Giallorossi.

“The renewals send the message that the club believes in its young players, that it intends to invest in the most exciting prospects and that it wants to go about that in the right manner,” said the former goalkeeper.

Ajax youth teams will only use foam balls in heading practice, as football attempts to learn more about the effect of heading the ball on dementia.

The issue of how many footballers are affected by dementia later in life has been put in the spotlight recently with the death of World Cup winner Nobby Stiles, who had advanced dementia, and news that his former England and Manchester United teammate Sir Bobby Charlton had also been diagnosed with the syndrome.

With research linking dementia to heading a football, Ajax have taken the approach of delaying the practice in their youth and academy

It is Europe’s most productive academy, nurturing and developing more players in the continent’s top five leagues than any other club. When it comes to transforming children into great footballers, Ajax are without peer….

“You’re in the shadows when you coach, but it’s a dream role,” says Neil Ryan, coach of Manchester United Under-18s since the start of last season.

“It has been a long journey and the academy system has changed so much in my time here. With the finances that have gone into it, the academy set-up is now like a mini professional club. The training facilities are amazing and I have all those staff to work with. I have more staff working with me at under-18 level than Sir Alex Ferguson had with the first team when he won the treble.

We know that Liverpool are set for a tough test this weekend as they welcome league leaders Leicester City to Anfield.

The Foxes have been flying under former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers and are being tipped to battle with Liverpool to be crowned champions at the end of the season.

Sean Dyche stands to make millions of pounds if Dwight McNeil or any of Burnley’s other academy products are sold while he is at the club.

Sportsmail can reveal the Burnley manager has a ‘development clause’ in his contract entitling him to five per cent of the sale price of players who have come through the academy.

ARSENAL Academy Manager Per Mertesacker says every player in modern football needs to be a leader – of themselves.

Speaking to the Arsenal Performance and Research Team Webinar, the German was asked what makes an effective leader. He said: “Everyone is a leader of self, I believe that.