International Football Infrastructure

New thread to showcase Academies, Training Centers & Stadium Infrastructure around the world.


  • munna219777munna219777 28487 Points
    edited September 2021



    Coverciano visto dall alto
    Inside Coverciano Italian finishing school for managers  Daily Mail Online
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    Inside Coverciano the thinkers39 factory producing world-class coaches
    Situated between the hills of Florence, the Coverciano Technical Centre is a gem renowned worldwide for the quality of its structure and the services offered.
    The Coverciano Technical Centre is still one of the most famous and prestigious sports center in the world. Appreciated especially by experts and fans, it’s even called “the University of Football” and “the home of the National Teams” and it includes:
    The Italian football museum
    The Technical Sector offices
    AIAC (Italian coaches’ association) headquarters
    AIA (Italian referees’ association) training headquarters
    Technical Centre management
    Top Clubs or National Teams are often guests of the Centre, because they can find forefront venues and a sense of security and quiet, perfect instruments to get the right concentration.

    To better respond to the needs of its guests, the Coverciano Centre is composed of:
    Pitch 1: standard field, last generation (2016) synthetic turf and natural infill, with uncovered standing of about 300 seats.
    Pitch 2: standard natural grass field with 350 seats covered standing and artificial lights; under the grandstand there are 4 changing rooms for athletes, a dressing room for referees and a medical room.
    Pitch 3: main pitch, standard natural grass field, home of the National A trainings. Reserved changing room with Jacuzzi, sauna, massage and medical room.
    Pitch 4: standard natural grass field with a reserved changing room.
    Pitch 5: “practical” natural grass field, smaller than a regular one, used for the coaches’ school.
    Futsal Pitch: standard futsal pitch with synthetic turf.
    Sports Hall: Multifunctional gym for indoor sports, such as futsal, basket, volleyball etc. but also for ceremonies and conferences. It may have about 500 seats with a big space for coffee break area. Below the gym there’s 1 changing room, while 2 more changing rooms are nearby located.
    National Teams Gym: Located between pitch 3 and 4, was built in 2014 and it’s provided with the best gym equipment.
    Lecture Hall “G. Ferrari”: Theatre-room of the Centre, with 150 seats, predisposition to the screening, it has a reserved sound system and light control, even directly from the speaker’s desk.
    “Righetti” Room: Meeting room equipped with a large round table and 25 seats. Predisposition to the screening on a FHD 84’ TV.
    “Foresteria” of the Hotel: staircasing teaching room of about 50 seats, predisposition to screening and tactical blackboard.  
    Library: over 3500 texts including books, articles, essays covering every aspect of sports, especially about football.
    Hotel & restaurant: 53 double rooms and a restaurant with 150 seating capacity for the Center’s guests.
    The Technical Center is the real home of the Italian national teams. There are 18 national teams, 16 of which made their training and preparation in Coverciano. Women’s team and youth sector teams often play friendly match in the Technical Center again other national teams. The Centre even host the tournaments for the selection and the development of young talent that might wear the blue jersey in the future. During the season, more than 400 athletes and staff members of the Italian national teams are guests of the Coverciano Technical Centre.
    The presence of one or more national teams in the Centre and the possibility to attend a friendly match is always reported on the Federation website
  • England

    St George's Park

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    The FA

    Built in 2012 and set in 330-acres of stunning Staffordshire countryside, St. George's Park is the home of England’s national football teams. With 14 outdoor pitches, including a replica of the Wembley surface, a full-size indoor 3G pitch, a suite of rehabilitation and sports science areas, and an indoor futsal arena, St. George’s Park provides world-class facilities for the England teams ahead of international fixtures.

    St. George’s Park is also the home of England Football Learning and delivers all FA national coach education courses. The range of courses, covering a variety of disciplines, are aligned to the English philosophy, consisting of five core elements with the long-term aim to produce winning England teams at senior level.

    Physical preparation and sport science is integral to the National Football Centre. The  state-of-the-art performance facilities incorporate cutting-edge technology and outstanding apparatus, providing the ultimate training and rehabilitation hub for teams.

    St. George’s Park provides a unique setting for developing high performing teams and leaders. The Outdoor Leadership Center, operated by Grahame Robb Associates delivers development programmes in the areas of leadership, management and team building.

    Visitors to the site will enjoy world class facilities and impressive accommodation with a 228 bedroom Hilton Center catering for individuals, groups or team bookings, along with major sporting or business conferences and banquets.

  • munna219777munna219777 28487 Points
    edited September 2021

    A Look Inside: The Spanish Coaching School

    With each Spanish region hosting between four and 12 courses for each qualification a year, UEFA state that, as of 2017, Spain boasted a whopping 15,089 coaches who held either the UEFA Pro or UEFA A coaching qualification. The numbers are extraordinary, especially when compared to the 1,796 in England. More figures that advocate the Spanish coaching pathway are the course prices; with the Spanish A licence costing a mere £960, and the Pro licence £1070.

    he bidding coach is just one of thousands of Spanish alumni to have begun their coaching journey whilst still in their teens; joining the likes of Atletico de Madrid’s flying full-back Ricard Sánchez and many more to hold a UEFA coaching qualification before turning 20.

    After 14 written exams, 12 assignments and 10 practical assessments, I was awarded the UEFA B coaching licence. Two years later, in 2018, having completed the required 150 coaching hours and worked on my craft, implementing and applying my studies into my philosophy, I was invited onto the intensive A licence where friendships were formed with likeminded peers over the 12-week course that ran throughout the summer, resulting in a role at the pinnacle of Spanish youth football with the under-19 team at Getafe alongside a study placement at Atletico de Madrid’s academy.


    Benfica’s impressive Caixa Futebol Campus  sits on the banks of the Tagus River, a 20-minute ferry ride away from the southside of Lisbon.

    Seixal-based football centre  houses 65 children from around the globe with dreams of reaching the lofty heights that the football world can offer them. The “Football factory” boasts nine pitches plus 20 dressing rooms, two auditoriums, three state-of-the-art gymnasiums and the crème de la crème ‘360S simulator’ in a lab where players are directed to on a weekly-basis to work on their technique besides going through analysis, nutritional and psychological tests.

    The simulator  has robotic-like players that move along the walls at each side of the “cage” and players are tested on their reaction speeds, vision and technical execution when aiming for the moving targets after controlling the ball inside the 10-foot circle.



    Belgium Football Factory which has produced the likes of Vincent Kompany, Youri Tielemans, Dries Mertens, Romelu Lukaku, Michy Batshuayi, Marouane Fellaini, Leander Dendoncker and Adnan Januzaj

    “Our academy has a set system of 3-4-3 that develops into a 4-3-3 at under-15 level; but we must be flexible.“It depends on our strengths and weaknesses, the opponent, the period of the season and the weight of the game. Once you are 16 or 17-years-old, we expect you to be winning whilst playing the Anderlecht way. The younger groups have a comfort zone where they’ll be in 3-4-3 shapes but players will change positions regularly.

    “Anderlecht is the street. We are a mirror of the community. Brussels is like London, like Paris, like any big city; the multiculturalism is an advantage to us.

    More info on infrastructure and training regimen is given here

  • NagendraNagendra Rajahmundry, A.P6340 Points
    Please share if you can find details about Ajax (Netherlands), Sporting CP (Portugal), Lyon (France) , Atlanta(Italy) & Valencia (Spain). They produce lot of good players from their academies.
  • NagendraNagendra Rajahmundry, A.P6340 Points
    Just for a change , adding Asian flavor to this thread.

    Aspire Academy one of the most successful football academy in Asia.  They have founded in 2004 with the goal to scout and help develop Qatari athletes, whilst also providing them with secondary school education.

    Aspire Academy operates a football program for age groups Under-13 through to Under-18. Before the eligible age a player can join the Academy as full- or part-time student-athletes at the age of 12, the Football Talent Centers, that are spread over Qatar, offer talented boys the chance to train from the age of 5 to 8, before joining the Feeder teams of the Academy from age 9 to 11.The players are coached by in international staff that aims to expose the players to various schools of football and by facing top teams from around the world, they learn how to deal with different styles of play.
    The Academy’s focus is the long-term development of individual players. A process that should enable them to pursue a career in professional football and to represent Qatar at an international level. This also applies to football referees. Led by the Referees Committee at the Qatar Football Association (QFA), a program to enroll students at Aspire Academy specializing in refereeing as their core sport was started in 2015.

    EUROPEAN or Foreign Experience
    The Academy has run a special program called the "European Experience Project" since 2012. Over a selected period, that could be as long as a season, a program of foreign exchange for the most gifted football players (aged 18 – 22) takes place. Among the targeted objectives are: gaining experience and adapting to the professional approach to training and competition from the football culture within leading European clubs.  In order to experience training in different environments and conditions, teams have training camps outside of Qatar, going to countries like Senegal to train at the Aspire Football Dreams Academy

    Won AFC U-19 2014 Championship. Almost all the players are from Aspire Academy including ex-players.
    2014 U-19 players like Akram Afif & Almoez Ali formed the core group and Won 2019 Men's Asian Cup

    Other Qatar N.T players : Assim Madibo (only 1 year) , Salem al-Hajri & few other players 

    Aspire Academy currently trains 230 players (including all age groups). Tim Cahill is current CFO-Chief Football Officer. Off late, there are scouting players from Africa & Asia. Somewhere I read that , couple of years back, they sent their scouts to Indian cities like Mumbai & Hyderabad.
  • giridharangiridharan Washington D.C3507 Points
    Adding more Asian flavor to this @Nagendra,  This is the J-Village project in Japan.

    Covering a 49-hectare area ten times the size of the Tokyo Dome, the J-Village facility is comprised of: eight natural grass pitches, including a spectator stadium; two artificial turf pitches; all-weather soccer training grounds; rainy-weather training grounds; a hotel containing two hundred guest rooms; a fitness gym; an arena; and a pool.


    All-Weather Training Fields:

    This area includes a 68m × 105m pitch, accompanied by 274 spectator seats. Covered by a membrane roof that is 22m high at its center and 8m high on the sidelines, training can be done without the interference of rain, snow, or wind. In addition to soccer, the All-Weather Training Area can be used for training in other sports, such as rugby.

    Fitness Center and Hotel:

    All the Olympic village latest fitness equipment's have been used here and a hotel with 3 restaurants and host up to 200 people and increasable to 500. It also has a banquet hall with indoor video room for athletes.

    Interesting a place that got ravaged by Tsunami, the Nuclear disaster and the 2011 Earthquake, They have overcome all odds to have re-built this at 2018 and enhanced at 2020. They have made this a base starting from the U-8 national team. Time will tell about the success of this project.

  • NagendraNagendra Rajahmundry, A.P6340 Points
    @ guys 
    In addition to giridharan, uploading top view of J Village

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