Intensive training in a small group, led by a professional Portuguese Coach, where players will work on mental, physical and technical skills based on their own needs.

NF Individual Training

In this program the players will work in small groups of 4-8 players, to develop both technical motor and mental skills.

The sessions are 60 minute each and has a specific goal. The exercises are focused on the game, with a high number of repetitions and designed for high-intensity training.


NF Individual Training is customized for both boys and girls from the age of 8 to 16 who are willing to develop their technical, mental and motor skills. The groups will be created based on age and level.

Super Customized Training Sessions

The biggest advantage in this program is that the Coach can customize the sessions based on the participants. With a small group, our coach will be able to consider each players needs, field positions, age and ambitions.

Additionally the coach will spend more time with each player and provide guidance and constant feedback. Furthermore this work has an even greater effect when the player and the coach work together over time, rather than just in one single training session.

Super Customized Training Sessions

The biggest advantage in this program is that the Coach can customize the sessions based on the participants. With a small group, our coach will be able to consider each players needs, field positions, age and ambitions.

Additionally the coach will spend more time with each player and provide guidance and constant feedback. Furthermore this work has an even greater effect when the player and the coach work together over time, rather than just in one single training session.

NF Individual Training Session

areas to be developed in this program

Player Technical Skills

Player Technical Skills
– Dribbling/Tackling
– Drive ball
– Control
– First Touch/Short Pass
– Finishing
– Speed, Agility and Quickness (SAQ)
– Perception
– Long Pass/Crossing
– Heading
– Ball Protection

Goalkeeper Technical Skills

Goalkeeper Technical Skills
– Goalkeeper Stances;
– Specific Displacements / Runs;
– Different types of catches;
– “Scoop” Technique;
– “W” Technique;
– High Catch.
– Different types of dives;
– Low Dive;
– High Dive.
– Dealing with crosses;
– 1v1 Situations;
– Diving at feet;
– 1v1 Duels.
– Distribution – Throwing.

Speed, Agility and Quickness

Speed, Agility and Quickness
– Running Technique
– Change of Direction
– Change of Speed
– Reaction Time
– Maximum Speed

Coordination Motor Skills

Coordination Motor Skills
– Strength
– Eye Foot/Hand Coordination
– Laterality
– Time-Space Coordination
– Rhythm
– Balance

Mental Skills

Mental Skills
– Resilience
– Focus
– Awareness
– Self-esteem
– Overcome


Our coaches have already worked for many years as youth talent developers, not just in NF Academy, but also in some top Portuguese football academies like Sporting CP and SL Benfica. They are experts in identifying the needs and supporting on the development of a player.


• 1 training session 60 min.
• 1 experienced Portuguese head coach for each training group
• Groups of 4 to 8 players’ maximum (Players)
• Groups of 1 to 4 players’ maximum (Goalkeepers)
• The opportunity to qualify for international and local programs

Price per player

1 Session – 39 GBP
5 Sessions – 179 GBP
10 Sessions – 299 GBP


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Other Information


We work by the principle «to teach the game by playing it». Our exercises are therefore developed to recreate the intensity and complexity that the players experience in the different situations of the game. The sessions are of high intensity, many involvements with the ball, focus on taking the right decisions and giving the players a better understanding of the game. In all of our activities, our main objective is to develop the player. For the players that wants to train regularly with NF Academy we focus on the following:

  • Intensive training designed for player development
  • Individual follow up over time
  • Training adapted to the level of the player and their goals for learning
  • Play games against teams that gives the players sufficient challenge to increase their level as a player

Training groups

At our local training camps, we differentiate both level and ages to create homogeneous training groups. Each training group normally consist of 4 to 8 players + 1 to 4 goalkeepers. Every training group is being coached by an experienced Portuguese head coach, and will normally also be assisted by a local coach who speaks the local language.


NF Academy uses skilled and experienced coaches with backgrounds from European big clubs. We want a profile with ambitious coaches great academic weight for our projects. The coaches are carefully selected from applications we receive and our existing contact network.

See the coaches of NF Academy


João Plantier is the Academy director of our local programs and is a UEFA PRO certified coach. He is responsible for choosing the skilled coaches that will represent NF academy at our camps. With more than 20 years of experience developing players, and 7 years of experience as an academy coach at Sporting CP Plantier does have the perfect competence and network to put together a team of coaches that will take the skills of the players to the next level

See the coaches of NF Academy

Nf Academy Coach João Plantier


  • Master of Physiology
  • 7 years as headcoach of academy-teams at Sporting CP
  • 10 years as a scout for Sporting CP
  • 1 year experience from Manchester United Soccer Schools
  • 4 years as headcoach for youth teams at Associação Desportiva de Oeiras
  • 4 years as headcoach for youth teams at Casa Pia Atlético Club

What do you like the most about Coaching?

“To help players reach their full potential is something that makes me very satisfied.”

Why should Scandinavian players participate in the NF Academy Programs?

“I see a big potential among the NF Academy players. Players that participate in our programs are focused and willing to learn. Technically they have good control of the ball, and they are at the same level as Portuguese players at the same age. What the Norwegian players are missing is that they have too few games and training with and against players that can challenge them on their actual level. This is something we can contribute with by giving them, in a combination of giving them a better understanding of the game.”


NF Academy collaborates with local clubs and partners to execute local training camps. If you click on “Read more” for the event you wish to attend, you will receive information about which person/club who is the responsible organizer and find their contact details. Do you want NF academy to come to your city? We have a base of experienced Portuguese coaches located in Portugal that is available to execute local training camps in different cities all around the world. For us to come to your city you can become a local partner or connect us with a club that want to do an event in collaboration with us.

Become a partner
In each country, we have regional partners who organize local training camp using our expertise and experienced Portuguese youth developers. If you want to have more training camps in your region you can apply to become a partner.


«I participated with NF Academy’s U13 team, which was great! Vi got to the quarter final, where we lost to Sporting CP on penalties. It’s not the best way to go out of a competition, but the whole setup is great with some very good coaches!”
Niklas Haugland, Leeds U23 and Norway U17 national team

“I would say my time with NF Academy has helped take away the challenging aspect that new situations can produce, such as getting national team callups, changing clubs or taking further steps as a player. Their programs are on a high level, with good coaches, and there are players from different nationalities who seek the same as you. It really makes you develop both as a person and a player.”
Oscar Fuglesang, Silkeborg and Denmark U17 national team

«João Plantier has played an important part in my career for several reasons. He gave me freedom and believed in me. We had a close relationship, and he monitored me the whole way. João gave me feedback on what I needed to improve during matches, and last but not least, he was very good at constantly providing me with new challenges.”
Zeca, Captain of FC Copenhagen and Greece national team

“I played together with same very good players and trained under very competent coaches. First and foremost, it was a great experience, and I got a good reference on what level the best teams in Europe were on. Such programs carry a lot of worth, because they later on make the transition to new teams and levels easier.”
Kristian Arnstad, RSC Anderlecht and captain of Norway U16

“The training sessions are on a very high level, and there are exercises I have never participated in before. I have learned a lot, which I take with me to my training back home in Norway”
Dylan Ryan Murugesapilla, Lillestrøm and captain of Norway U15

“My boys (born 2004 and 2007) are really excited to come to the IberCup Cascais tournament. Not only to play against top teams but also to see where their current level is and to train and meet other good players around Scandinavia. To have programs like NF Academy is fantastic. When you train with top-level coaches and other same age players you really see where the international football level is.»
Bjørn Helge Riise, former Fulham and Norwegian National team player

«It wasn’t until we came home that we saw the huge improvements in Kevin as a player. He has a new authority about him now, and his decision making is better. The reason for this is good experiences and good coaches at NF Academy. We won’t for a second regret we chose a team with the competence that NF Academy has.”
Thomas Hansvoll, former professional boxer and national champion

“The stay with NF Academy gave me a taste of everyday life as a professional. Very competent coaches and good players around me. The days were good, and I learned a lot. It was after this stay that I dared to visit foreign clubs to show what I can do.”
Lucas Kåhed, IFK Gøteborg and Sweden U17

“I am very happy with last year’s NF Academy participation in IberCup. It was very exciting and inspiring to get to play in a team with so many good players from Norway, Sweden and Denmark. I got motivated to give even more after having played against and seen how good oponents from countries such as Portugal, Spain and Mexico were.”
Fredrik Oppegård, Vålerenga and Norway U17

«During the easter of 2018, I was in Cascais, Portugal with NF Academy to participate in IberCup Cascais 2018. It was my first time with NF Academy, and a great experience. I got a lot from the trip. The training, matches, coaches and players were a fantastic mix of both fun and serious football.”
Filip Mellbin, Denmark U16


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