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Our Little Boots program is built around the developmental needs of children aged 3-6. It is a high-energy program that introduces children to the fundamentals of soccer and focuses on skills such as dribbling, passing, and shooting.

Little Boots also encourages character traits such as respect, teamwork, and sportsmanship. We provide the opportunity for young children to be fit and challenged through fun games and interaction. Children will also be introduced to competition in a developmentally appropriate manner.

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You will love Little Boots because it is an exciting blend of team play and individual skills. Every child will learn new soccer skills and techniques through participation in games such as Cross the River, Hit the Pigeon, What’s the Time Mr. Wolf, and Attack the Sharks. Keeping our focus on fun activities, basic soccer skills are gained during each week’s 30 minute (or whatever time) practice of age-specific levels.

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Core Values

Little Boots is a progressive soccer development program that not only makes better soccer players but better people too. Our holistic and educational approach fosters mental and emotional growth as we focus heavily on core values. Integrity, perseverance, respect, positive attitude, teamwork, and leadership are just a few of the core values that we focus on by incorporating and a new core value each week and tie it in with fun activities and games.

Education through Football

Our Curriculum is built around the 4 cornerstones of football: Technique, Tactics, Physical and Mental abilities.

Each of these elements helps children’s overall development and soccer skills but most importantly their ability to approach situations from a new angle – look for different solutions.

Football is a physically demanding game that offers players the opportunity to improve their speed, agility, strength, hand to eye coordination, and overall cardiovascular endurance. We understand that beyond the thrill of playing matches, playing the game can help children develop social skills, new friendships as well as improve their self-confidence & self-esteem and learn respect, teamwork, loyalty, discipline, and hard work.

Children who are physically fit are also believed to achieve better academic results.



In addition to the sessions on and off the pitch we provide for our students soccer webinars helping players in their understanding of game tactics: defending, attack and ball possession are only a few of the topics we cover.


Game Strategy

Football often comes down to the strategy that a team employs at the end of a close game. We examine and teach team tactics, preparedness and the organizational skills needed to play effective football. Utilising UEFA designed 8 V 8 sessions, we deliver 90 minute sessions training our players in tactical principles of pressing, transition, counter attack and fluid movement.



When not in the gym or on the training field young players need to be able to recover from the effort and avoid injuries. A healthy body is a healthy athlete which his why one of our priorities is to inform and educate the importance of Nutrition. Adopting a healthy lifestyle is a key element of our more educational approach to football and we want to ensure all our players have a clear understanding of the “good” and “bad” in food.

Pride & Passion Meets Success

From inception, the success of The Football Academy has been built on the quality of our coaching. We truly believe that football isn’t a one-dimensional game, so we combine different philosophies when it comes to teaching our students the principals of soccer.

Our coaches come from different parts of the world, equipped not only with the relevant professional certifications they all contribute with their diverse coaching and playing experience to delivering rich, full-scale soccer learning curriculum.

TFA provides the best football coaching in Dubai through its team of professional FA & UEFA qualified soccer coaches.

Ali El Jishi

Head Coach
Palestinian - British

Coach Fouad Hafid

Head of TFA Seniors
French - Morrocan

Coach Osama Shahin

Senior Coach

Ricardo Panton

Senior Coach

Samir Al Husseini

Senior Coach

Alberto Gutiérrez Nieto


Danny Guthrie


Rashid Alimuradov


Lara Sabbah


Our Mission

The Football Academy was formed to provide the opportunities for youth elite soccer players to train and compete in Dubai and internationally.

Our mission is to develop soccer skills, as well as maintain an environment that embodies the core values of integrity, leadership, perseverance, respect and teamwork while enhancing self-esteem, promoting self-confidence and cultivating a life long passion for the beautiful game of soccer.

While our teams strive to compete at the highest levels of competition, TFA is fully committed to player development.

We believe that a commitment to player development establishes a solid technical and mental foundation for which to continue building upon at TFA and beyond.

We intend to accomplish the mission with experienced coaching staff that represent the most effective and comprehensive club soccer program in Dubai.