Many players when they get to the school leaving age at 16 and 18 are looking for opportunities to break into the professional game, as you can imagine there are millions of players fighting for first team and professional contracts and it is hard to get yourself noticed if you're not already in a professional club.
There are many football academies out there which have proven routes for young players to develop in an environment similar to that of a professional club but also receive excellent exposure to professional and semi-professional clubs across the UK and Europe. This is where UK Football Schools step in to help young aspiring players search for the best football academies in Europe and we have a selection of programmes for players whether that is through our elite football academy in Spain, the best football boarding schools in the UK or the best football colleges and best football universities in the UK.
The top Spanish football academy we recommend here at UK Football Schools recently took their U17, U18, U19 and ladies teams up to Madrid to face Atletico and their youth academy teams, this provided the players with a fantastic showcasing opportunity to play against a La Liga and European giant but also the chance to play in front of their coaches and scouts. We believe the Spanish football academy we recommend is one of the best football academies in Europe as through these regular showcasing opportunities they have around 40+ players per year who go out to trial with different clubs across Europe and they've had a number of these players go onto sign - a former player recently played against Villarreal and also represented his national team at senior level too.
In the past year the top Spanish football academy played against other European giants such as Barcelona at their La Masia Football Academy, Valencia, Sevilla as well as making trips over to the UK to play against top UK football academies and Premier League clubs such as Manchester City at the Etihad and Norwich City.
Playing football overseas can be quite daunting to start with especially at a young age leaving the comfort of being with friends and family, however if you think of the current stars and two of the greatest ever players in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, both left home age 12 to pursue their dream of becoming a professional football and we know the rest. The top European football academies want to produce players and they want to succeed in seeing players make that 'step up' into the world of professional football. They create that family environment, you have the opportunity to meet players from all over the world, train with ex-pro/UEFA license coaches and showcase against some the world's biggest clubs - it's a once in a lifetime opportunity, the players who are willing to make that move and put in 100% end up give themselves the best opportunity of progressing.
There are many different opportunities and pathways out there now compared to 10-15 years ago and if you are an aspiring young player looking to join a top football academy make sure to reach out to our team here at UK Football Schools - we would be delighted to chat with you, run through our options for residential football academies, Europe's top football academies, the best football boarding schools in the UK, best football colleges and the best football universities in the UK to try and find the best routes you can join from this September.