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NIGERIA’S TOP 10 FOOTBALL ACADEMIES

  1. KWARA STATE FOOTBALL ACADEMY

Kwara State Football Academy is one of the best football academies in Nigeria, it is located in Ilorin, Kwara State. The academy was created in 2005 by the Kwara state government to empower its youths. Kwara State Football Academy trains players from all over the country. Currently, the academy has seven coaches that were once international footballers. The training school offers a full on-campus boarding experience to its students so that they can concentrate more and have time to engage in more activities. Kwara State Football Academy facilities accommodate about 200 students. The Academy admits youngsters between the ages of 13-21 years. The registration form fee for new players at the academy is seven thousand five hundred naira.

2. Abuja Football College

Abuja Football College was established in January 2012 by Gabriele Volpi. The main aim of creating this academy is to discover and nurture football talents in Nigeria. Abuja Football College is committed to developing young kids, especially the ones from financially challenged backgrounds to become football experts. The main training centre for the training school is located at National stadium Abuja. Other training locations are in Owerri and Lagos. Abuja Football college trains about 120 students. 

3. Midas Soccer Academy (MSA)

Midas Soccer Academy (MSA) was founded in December 2006 and is located in Ipaja, Lagos State. Its main purpose is to keep discovering young talents and refining them into well-experienced and proficient players.

Many Midas Soccer Academy graduates are already playing for international clubs. The profiles of Midas players are viewed by football agents and scouts from across the world. Players are given opportunities to participate in trials and tours around the world. The standard registration form fee to get into Midas Soccer Academy (MSA) is #77, 000. 

4. Papilo Football Academy

Papilo Football Academy was founded in 2001 by popular, well-experienced, and retired player, Nwankwo Kanu. The founder played for top teams such as Ajax, Inter Milan, Arsenal, and Portsmouth during his career. Nwankwo Kanu play with international and famous clubs, he also had lots of medals awarded to him. Papilo Football Academy has successfully transferred over ten players to play abroad. Some of these players are Joel obi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Chidiebere Nwakali, and Stanley Okoro.

5. The International Sports Academy 

The International Sports Academy is also known as Edusko football academy. The training group was founded by Chief Segun Odegbami in 2007. The founder is a popular retired Nigerian footballer. The International Sports Academy combines academic and sports learning for its players. The student of the group can get a secondary school certificate in addition to their football training. Apart from football, the international sports academy also allows its students to learn other sports such as basketball, tennis, and athletics. 

6. Lagos Tigers FC

Lagos Tigers FC was established in 2012 and is based in Lekki, Lagos State. The academy trains young players between the ages of 3-15 years. Lagos Tigers consistently fosters and encourages good sportsmanship, discipline, and build confidence and integrity. The group ensures that it studies and understands each player’s strengths and how to improve them with its technical training. Lagos Tigers FC works with the values, KICK- kingship, Integrity, Confidence, and Knowledge. Currently, the training group has about 200 players. 

7. SIAONE Soccer Academy

SIAONE Soccer Academy was founded by Super Eagles Legend and coach, Samson Siasia. The training club is located in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital territory. SIAONE Soccer Academy’s mission is the provision of excellent basic and advanced instruction, in a peaceful and safe environment, where players can have an enjoyable learning experience that will prepare them for the challenges they face in life and also as professional footballers. SIAONE Soccer Academy bring football talents together, developing them as individuals and professional players.

8. DERBY FOOTBALL CLUB

Derby Football Academy is home for stars where potentials are unveiled to shine. It is located in Abuja with its headquarters located at NO 3, WAMBA CLOSE G.R.A JOS, JOS, PLATEAU STATE.

9. PEPSI FOOTBALL ACADEMY

This football academy was founded by Kashimawo Laloko in 1992. In 1994, the academy received Pepsi’s full support. It has since changed its name to “Pepsi Football Academy.” Over the years, the academy has developed a reputation for producing elite football players. It is committed to supporting aspiring professional football players who are young and gifted. More than 3,000 players between the ages of 6 and 18 are currently part of the academy. To assist these players in realizing their ambition of becoming football stars in the future, it also has roughly 54 coaches. The Pepsi Football Academy which started in Lagos, now has 14 locations across Nigeria.

10. BEACH SOCCER

The Nigerian national beach soccer team represents Nigeria in international beach soccer competitions and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation, the governing body for football in Nigeria.Nigerian Soccer emerged in the early 20th century when British settlers began to move there. The first soccer matches in Nigeria were organized in 1904. The first official game took place only in 1933 between two football clubs from Lagos

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