Do you play football? Apply for student athlete scholarships in the USA!

The football academy is a fully licensed football academy delivering education through the beautiful game of football. Over the past four years, we have expanded our Pathway2USA program and placed many young student-athletes to continue their football and higher education in different colleges and universities in the United States of America.

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Let us help you create a Student Athlete CV

In order to get the most exposure to college coaches and to provide them the information they need, building a profile is imperative, as coaches are actively filling out their rosters. The profile will include the basic physical features, academic information, GPA, SAT/ACT scores and highlight video provided by the student-athlete. Highlight video allows coaches to get a better understanding of your athleticism and skill.

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Start your Recruitment Process with us

It is recommended to start the process before the athletes’ junior year. If you plan to play at the college level, the sooner you start, the better your chances will be. However, if you have waited or are a late bloomer, you can still do it, but more work will be involved as it is crunch time, and rosters are filling quickly. The bottom line is it is never too early to inform yourself about the recruiting process.

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Become part of an Education System

We have always delivered our football program as a curriculum. Teaching the game of football has many facets. We must teach on an individual level the much needed technical skills, yet we also coach tactics and teamwork on a group level educating the sporting values.

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Earn Educational Scholarship through Football

Getting recruited to play at the college level does not just happen to you. Chances are, no matter how elite of a student-athlete you may be, you won’t just magically get discovered. The recruiting process requires diligence and persistence, and still there are no guarantees. There are over 5,000 colleges and universities in the United States, each with its own unique set of entrance requirements. Numerous factors come into play when attempting to hone in on the most suitable universities for you.

Pathway2USA is a bespoke service started by TFA which will take these factors into account and take a comprehensive look at the student-athlete, including his or her athletic ability, talent and skill level, along with the academic profile, and then and will filter through the more than 5,000 schools based on the information provided. We will develop the most suitable college/university matches so the player can connect with college coaches in the U.S.A. and find their best path to college football.



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

Founder and COO
Palestinian - British

Coach Fouad Hafid

Head of TFA Academy
French - Morrocan

Ricardo Panton

U19 Senior Coach

Alberto Gutiérrez Nieto

Coach U15 & U7

Samir Al Husseini

Senior Coach

Alaadine El Alaoui

U14 Coach

Nzota Neddy

Junior coach U7s

Jake Macphail


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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.