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Football Camp Brooklyn – FFF Academy

  • Brooklyn - New York, USA
  • from 320 €

Bookings for April and Summer 2024 are now open!

The Fédération Française de Football (FFF) is the organisation that manages and organises football in France, from the amateur level to the national teams. After its first World Cup victory in 1998, French youth development and French talent started getting the recognition that it deserved.

Some of the very best players in history were a part of the 1998 French sqaud: Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, Laurent Blanc, Marcel Désailly to name a few. After the World Cup, INF Clairefontaine (the French national football training centre) became a globally recognised name. Synonymous with excellence, INF Clairefontaine has produced generations of incredible players, such as Nicolas Anelka and Kylian Mbappé. With another World Cup victory in 2018, French youth development once again received the plaudits it deserved.

As well as its achievements, French youth development is also the best in the world in terms of numbers, better even than Brazil and Spain. Indeed, France produces more professional players than any other country in the world every year. With that in mind, in 2021, the FFF decided to export its model and expertise by creating the FFF Academy: French Football Academy.

It has landed in Brooklyn with a simple aim: to organise totally authentic, week-long FFF football camps for the young players of New York. The training methodology, that has created so many French superstars, was put in place by Jean-Claude Lafargue. He used to to be the INF Clairefontaine director, and he regularly visits the FFF Academy in Brooklyn to properly implement the FFF development strategy. Zohair Ghenania, ex FC Lorient manager and holder of an official BEPF coach diploma, manages the day-to-day business of the FFF Academy Brooklyn.

Your children will spend an incredible week playing football on brand-new, latest generation artificial pitches at Brooklyn Pier 5, which also happens to have an incredible view of Manhattan. The FFF methodology in place at the camps will help your kids get to the next level in their football development and skills, as well as preparing them for university.

It is worth knowing that the FFF organises camps in two other New York locations:

  • FFF Academy football camp – Manhattan
  • FFF Academy football camp – Hamptons

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  • From 01 to 03 July 2024  (320 €)
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Football camp FFF New York
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Brooklyn - Summer Camp - Half Board - Mixed

  • Brooklyn - New York, USA
  • From 5 to 17 years old
  • Girl / Boy
  • Day camp
  • Leisure / Improvement
  • French / English

Camp specifics

  • 5 day FFF camp
  • More than 20 hours of training sessions
  • From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Focused training sessions in the morning and matches in the afternoon
  • 1 Nike FFF Academy kit for every camper (shirt, shorts, socks…)
  • End of camp graduation ceremony
Find out the dates available for this camp
Summer 2024
From 01 to 03 July 2024
days Available
320 €
From July 8 to 13, 2024
5 days Available
530 €
From July 29 to August 2, 2024
5 days Available
530 €
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Camp facilities

The essentials

  • An authentic FFF football camp with a personalised kit
  • 25 hours of training a week
  • The official “FFF” methodology courtesy of FFF’s technical director
  • Incredible artificial pitches with an unmatched, magnificent view of Manhattan

Location

The FFF Academy camps take place in Brooklyn, a few minutes from Brooklyn Bridge. In fact, the pitches are located in a park named the Brooklyn Bridge Park. From the centre of Manhattan, the pitches are only a ten minute drive or subway ride away.

Brooklyn is New York City’s most populous borough and is constantly expanding. It is linked to Manhattan through three different specific spots, with by far the most famous being the legendary Brooklyn Bridge. As well as sensational views of Manhattan, Brooklyn offers a different side to New York, a more artistic and hipster side. It was therefore a logical decision for FFF to settle in Brooklyn. With more than 2,6 million inhabitants, there are more than a few football fans wandering about!

The other available locations for football camps in New York City:

  • FFF Academy football camp – Manhattan
  • FFF Academy football camp – Hamptons

 

The sporting Facilities

The FFF Brooklyn football camps take place in the Brooklyn Bridge Park. The park, which borders the Hudson River, is a go-to spot for sporty people in Brooklyn. Basketball courts, volleyball courts, tracks for running, ping-pong tables and even kayaking spots, there is something for everyone. The area is totally dedicated to sports and fresh air: what better place for a football camp?

The pitch itself is located in Pier 5. It is a top of the range artificial pitch. Full sized, it is perfect for 11-a-side football as well as 7-a-side football on half pitches. It is probably the only football pitch in the world with a breath-taking view of the Manhattan skyline. The view is simply unforgettable.

Football camp FFF New York

Catering and food

Catering is not included in FFF Academy camps. The campers will need to bring their own lunch boxes.

We will provide water bottles for the kids, to make sure that they are well hydrated.

Stage FFF New York

Safety and security

All day long, the kids will be supervised and taken care of by the FFF Academy coaches. These experienced coaches have been trained by the Technical Director of the FFF and have considerable experience with children. Safety at the FFF Academy camps is totally guaranteed.

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The camp program

Training

France is widely regarded as being the best country for developing young players and is also the country that produces the most professional players every year. The FFF Academy wants to expand and export this expertise so that young players from all over the world can benefit from it.

Jean-Claude Lafargue, who used to be the director of the Institut National du Football en France (the National Institute of Football in France), is now the FFF Academy technical director. He has designed and implemented training programs from the FFF Academy for these camps, based on how the French national team youngsters train at Clairefontaine.

This means the campers will be following the same training program as the young professionals training at the INF Clairefontaine, who are likely to become top players. The aim of the camps is to help each player unlock their potential and take them from playing at an amateur level to a professional level, as well as preparing them for university.

A training day corresponds to 6 hours on the pitch, with a 30-45 minute lunch break and a few breaks. So there are 5 effective hours of football per day.

For the April camp, there will be two training sessions a day:

  • A session in the morning from 9 AM to 12 PM, which will be dedicated to technical exercises (passing, dribbling, shooting, explosivity…). There will also be drills and exercises in tight spaces to develop speed of play, transitional play and speed in execution.
  • A session in the afternoon from 1 PM which will entirely comprise of matches on big pitches. This allow the campers to put into practice all the skills and techniques they learnt in the morning.

For the summer camp. The program is simply shifted as the days start earlier to avoid the heat.

  • First training session from 8am to 11am
  • Second, calmer training session, based on technical workshops, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. before departure.

It is not just football however: human values are also given a lot of importance at FFF Academy camps. Shared by the coaches, values and morals will be at the heart of every training session and each camper must respect them: enjoyment, respect, tolerance, solidarity and commitment. It is very important for the kids to develop and progress on the pitch, but it is just as important for them to be good people off the pitch. Everyone will need to buy in to and respect the FFF values.

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Coaches and coaching method

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The FFF academy camps methodology was developed by Mr Lafargue, ex-director of the Institut National du Football en France. All the FFF Academy coaches are highly qualified and have been trained by the FFF Academy technical director. The five day training program is based on technical training drills and exercises that are then applied in matches and games. This allows the coaches to make sure that each child is assimilating and understanding the exercises properly, and that all the objectives, aims and goals of the camp are being met.

This methodology is used at Clairefontaine, which has produced some of the world’s best ever football players, like Mbappe, Henry or Matuidi.

Typical day

Summer camp schedule :

Morning
08 00
Arrival on the grounds - Training
11 00
Lunch
Afternoon and evening
12 00
Training session
13 00
End of day of camp
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Practical information

What is included
  • 5 days of FFF camp
  • More than 20 hours of training
  • Focused training sessions in the mornings and matches in the afternoons
  • 1 Nike FFF Academy kit given to each camper (shirt, shorts, socks…)
  • End of camp graduation ceremony
Not included
  • Transport non-included
  • Lunch
  • Personal insurance
Optional
  • Extra Nike FFF Academy kit

Arrival

  • For the April camp, arrival is at 9am on the grounds.
    For summer camp, arrival is at 8am.

The kids must be in their training kit, with their football boots and shin pads on. The Nike FFF Academy kit will be given to each camper when they arrive on the first day.

We equally recommend making sure your child has a cap and sun cream as it will be very sunny.

Departure

  • For the April camp, departure is at 3pm from the grounds.
  • For summer camp, departure is at 1pm from the grounds.

It is important that parents arrive on time to avoid disrupting the organization.

Extra options

Extra Nike FFF Academy kit

If you would like to buy an extra Nike FFF Academy kit for your kid, then you can. All you need to do is select the option for it when you are filling in the registration form. It costs 55€.

The camp at a glance

Brooklyn - Summer Camp - Half Board - Mixed

Features of the camp

  • Brooklyn - New York, USA
  • From 5 to 17 years old
  • Girl / Boy
  • Day camp
  • Improvement / Improvement
    • 5 day FFF camp
    • More than 20 hours of training sessions
    • From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Focused training sessions in the morning and matches in the afternoon
    • 1 Nike FFF Academy kit for every camper (shirt, shorts, socks…)
    • End of camp graduation ceremony

Available dates and price of the camp

  • From 01 to 03 July 2024

    320 €

  • From July 8 to 13, 2024

    530 €

  • From July 29 to August 2, 2024

    530 €

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