This website and blog was originally started to journal my son, Jared Sullivan's, experiences while training for soccer in Italy. He attended the Academia Insegnario Calcio (AIC) two years ago, working with Coach Bruno Redolfi of the FIGC (Italian Soccer Federation).
Bruno’s program worked in conjunction with a local boarding school, the Convitto Nazionale Principe di Napoli. The student players lived at the school, while they trained with Bruno and local teams.
Last year, Jared stayed home in the states and I was kept too busy soaking every last minute of my three kids being at home to devote any real time to GoSoccerPro.
Move forward to this year. Jared was selected to join the U-19 program at FC Malaga City Academy in Malaga, Spain. It is a younger program, but one with a huge networking system in place. It is already attracting a lot of attention as it is making its' mark by placing its players into colleges and professional teams.
FC Malaga City Academy distinguishes itself from many other programs geared towards foreign players through its well-established network of contacts. The players will have opportunities to play friendlies against teams throughout Spain, including many of the La Liga Academies. (La Liga is the common name given to the men's top division of professional football in Spain).
One of the FC Malaga City Academy players was recently recognized by Top Drawer Soccer in their "Others to Know" section under Spain. Top Drawer Soccer is a United States nationally recognized magazine that serves as the official provider of scores for over 100,000 players and 5,000 teams.
As Jared settles into the program, I will share his experiences. I will also share some information I have gathered on various other programs that are available, both in and out of the country for both short and long term soccer training.
As always, please let me know if you have specific questions. I will be happy to answer them for you or if I do not readily know the answer, I will do my best to help you find it.
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Feb 23, 21 07:21 PM
Young athletes need to fail in order to learn resilience. We can't baby them and expect them to succeed, in life or in soccer.
Jan 30, 21 10:35 PM
France,like most European countries, relies on the system of relegation and promotion between its football teams to determine movement.
Jan 30, 21 10:03 PM
German football structure allows for relegation and promotion between their different leagues.