FF Academies: Two New Academies To Open Their Doors

Wednesday 15 September 2021 - 18:14 - FFF
FFF Academies Montreal et Santa Cruz

The FFF is pleased to announce the opening of its two new FF Academies, located in Montreal and in Santa Cruz.

As part of its international expansion project, the FFF has inaugurated two new FF Academies in North America: The first in Montreal (Canada), with the other being located in Santa Cruz, California (United States).

The Montreal Academy opened its doors earlier this week while the Santa Cruz Academy will be inaugurated in October.

These new academies, the third and fourth of the same type following on from those of New York and Singapore, will accommodate young male and female players in not only training courses, but also training camps. In total, more than 2,000 children, aged between 6 and 16, will be able to reap the benefits of a French training program across the globe.

In Montreal, the FF Academy will be split across two stadiums, allowing a wider reception of young trainees to a quality infrastructure adapted to this type of activity. In constant contact with the National Technical Department of the FFF (DTN), the Academy will offer all of its players a style of training largely inspired by that provided at the National Football Institute of Clairefontaine: “A real trademark of the FFF which wishes to export not just a logo but a real know-how, its own stamp and identity” said Hubert Fournier, National Technical Director.

The Santa Cruz Academy – in collaboration with local club Breakers FC – will be able to accommodate up to 120 young people at the facilities of Cabrillo College, one hour south of San Francisco.

Nisa Saveljic, a former player of the Girondins de Bordeaux and overseer of this FF Academy, was welcomed to the headquarters of the FFF this Wednesday for the validation of the collaboration.

Breakers FC is a semi-professional club particularly invested and specialized in the training of young players destined to evolve into elite levels. Founded in 1992, it has acquired, in this field, an important reputation within the various American soccer championships.

To mark the occasion of these two academy openings, the FFF stated, through the words of Marketing Director François Vasseur: “We are happy to continue our international development work by establishing in particular its presence in territories which will soon host major global sporting events.”

The United States and Canada, together with Mexico, will indeed act as joint hosts of the World Cup 2026.

The FFF is, to date, the only national Federation to offer this type of program.