Football Academy

Academy Overview

The BSI Football Academy enables players to take their football to the next level, through professional training in an environment modelled on the leading football academies in Europe.  We develop talented and hard working players, and create international pathways for them to fulfil their footballing ambitions through our network of coaches and academies worldwide.

Full-Time U19 Elite Academy

If you're really serious about a playing career in football, then this program is for you. The program combines professional football training and athletic development with a quality high school education. The goal is to develop well-rounded young people for success on the football pitch and in life.

All of this is presented in a structured and disciplined environment, enabling the players to reach their full potential. The Full-Time Elite Academy is available from grade 8 upwards and is guaranteed to take your game to the next level and beyond.

Students attend the BSI Study Centre for Youth Athletes at Huddle Park in Linksfield, Johannesburg in the mornings, and in the afternoons experience a football program which includes football training, athletic development, tactical learning, football theory, mental training, sports science testing, life skills, media training and more.

The football program is designed and managed by Technical Director Zeca Marques and Senior Coach Ryan Latief, both of whom are UEFA accredited professional coaches. Click here to download brochure...

U23 Academy

The U23 Academy provides professional football training and development for players who have finished high school and wish to further their progress towards full potential. Players can sign up for a full year or for 12 weeks at a time.  Click here to download brochure.

Part-Time Football Academy (U10 - U19)

Players are able to join the BSI Football Academy on a part-time basis, receiving twice-weekly training and representing BSI Football Academy in the ELFA league on the weekends. The academy is open for age groups from U10's to U19's.  Registration is now open for 2020 to start training in February. Cost is R6,300 for 9 months of training.  Click here to download the registration form.

Goalkeeping Academy

Professional goalkeeping coaching and training is available at the BSI Football Academy through legendary goalkeeping coach Alex Heredia.

Academy Staff
The academy staff is lead by Technical Director Zeca Marques. Zeca is a UEFA Pro Licensed Coach, the highest qualification available worldwide. He regularly returns to Europe for learning and interacting with leading coaches.

Zeca’s professional coaching career took him around the South African Premier Soccer League, including coaching positions at Bidvest Wits, Black Leopards, Santos and Moroka Swallows, where he lead them to victory in the MTN 8 Cup.

Zeca heads up a team of coaches, trainers and experts who work with the players in various areas of development. The coaching and support staff includes Ryan Latief (UEFA B licensed Coach), Alex Heredia (FIFA licensed Goalkeeping Coach), Zac van Heerden (Exercise Physiologist), Eurico Marques (Physiotherapist), Renee Reinecke (Sports Scientist), and Mark Fairbank (Mental Coach).

Interested in the Football Academy?

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