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TFA Football Academy

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 TFA program from senior football to junior football, and more recently Little Boots for toddlers.

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Why Us

TFA’s approach to football is educational. We believe that sports, including football, should be taught to children at a very young age. Acquiring basic football skills helps children develop a range of motor and coordination skills alongside social and emotional aptitudes. Using soccer-themed games and well-structured fun activities little players are taught the FUNdamentals of football - or how to dribble, shoot, pass, recover the ball and head it. We provide in-school training sessions and after school activities for children from the age of 3 and above.

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Qualified Coaches

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.

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Reports for Parents

Our players are carefully selected and scouted with the aim of continuously developing a spirited team able to challenge for silverwares and produce world class players. TFA is delighted to have the opportunity of working with Dubai's finest players.

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

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


Coach Foued

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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.