Burnley Soccer Academy

As of July 2017, SFL is delighted to have entered into a partnership with Burnley FC, of the English Premier League, to bring the first coaching program of its kind to youth players in Shanghai. This program is a separate entity from our other SFL soccer classes.

With a Premier League approved, high-level training program delivered by our vastly experienced and qualified coaching team, the Burnley Soccer Academy provides opportunities for boys and girls from 4-16 years old.

Players can receive coaching from 1 to 3 times per week plus match opportunities, offering the best platform to improve their game. Burnley Soccer Academy supports young players at all levels and abilities, encouraging them to develop at their own speed and within a learning environment that’s right for them.

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Advantages of Joining Burnley Soccer Academy

  • Our ‘player-centred’ Academy coaching program gives every individual player a great chance to reach their maximum potential, both as players and people.
  • Training sessions are designed and led by experienced UEFA, FA and USSF qualified coaches in accordance with season plans that target long term player development.
  • Age-appropriate skills testing takes place 3 times per season to gauge current development progress and set continuing future goals.
  • Players follow a strict code of conduct and play in an environment that challenges and aids development on and off the field.
  • Regular extra individual and team training camps during school holidays.
  • Use of the highest, state of the art training facilities in Shanghai for our weekly practice sessions.
  • Regular opportunities for players to showcase their skills to visiting Burnley Soccer Academy coaches from England and at various international tournaments around Asia.

Club Aims

  • To provide professional, player-centred coaching for committed young players across Shanghai.
  • To provide quality competition in Shanghai and surrounding cities.
  • To provide opportunities to travel to overseas tournaments and to other Burnley FC satellite academies across Asia.
  • To provide a professional club academy style experience for soccer minded players and families in Shanghai.

Club Philosophies

  • To help all players realise their potential, both as soccer players on the field and individuals off the field.
  • To promote a style of play that requires a high level of individual technical skill and teamwork.
  • A style of play that encourages players to think, adapt and express themselves creatively on the pitch without the fear of making a mistake.
  • To foster a competitive spirit and a will to win as a team.
  • To reinforce respect and high standards of behaviour according to Burnley Soccer Academy Code of Conduct for Coaches Players and Parents.
  • Welcoming to all players irrespective of their gender, nationality, ethnicity or colour.

Burnley Soccer Academy Player Development Centres

Our Burnley Soccer Academy Player Development Centres are located across the city, with each centre following the same format, using the same coaching program and philosophies. The emphasis of the sessions is on fun-filled recreational sessions, as well as developing and improving players who may be looking for a more serious player pathway in the future.

Girls Burnley Soccer Academy

Our Girls Burnley Soccer Academy program is Shanghai’s only exclusive girls’ soccer club designed for talented and committed girls aged 7-15 to train and compete together in a club environment. This program provides training and competition of the highest standards and follows the same overall coaching philosophy as the other parts of the Burnley Soccer Academy. Players who join the SFL Girls Burnley Soccer Academy program take part in a season-long training program and play in the highly competitive league here in Shanghai.

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