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.

One on One

One on One training and personal development are essential for future success at any level of the sport. No player is technically perfect, specifically younger players who work on constantly improving the so essential technical skills that make for an all-round athlete and football player in the future. At TFA all players receive a One on One training session with their coach on a weekly basis.

Game & Psychology

At TFA we strongly believe that “The Game” is the best and ultimate coach. Competing at weekends is a highlight event for every player and coach. Most importantly the games reinforce the coaching points we have been working on throughout the week. Our program incorporates weekly matches at all our age groups from U6 to U18.

Character Building

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.

      Education through Football

      Our main coaching ground is in JVT – Dubai. We train at Arcadia School – using the existing outdoor and indoor training facilities. The brand new fully equipped pitch provides the perfect environment for our coaching sessions across all age groups.

      Being a student-athlete is a great opportunity to not only develop as an athlete but more importantly to build a strong character and grow as a person. We recognize the traits necessary for success on and off the pitch, which is why we have designed a completely comprehensive and holistic approach to football. We deliver monthly Sports classes with a focus on psychology and attitude, covering topics such as The Power of Positive Thinking, The Pure Will to Win, Self-Motivation, and Teamwork. We also discuss the importance of sports Nutrition, Sleep, Hitting the Gym, Sports-Related Injuries, and adequate Stretching routines.



      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

      Coach Fouad Hafid

      Head of TFA Juniors

      Coach Osama Shahin

      U14s - U15s Coach

      Sohail Pedari

      Goalkeeper Coach

      Ricardo Panton

      Coach U11

      Samir Al Husseini

      Coach U10

      Alberto Gutiérrez Nieto

      Coach U9

      Naoifal El Boumeshouli

      Assistant Coach - Senior Team

      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.