Programme Philosophy

From absolute beginners who love the fun of the game, to young players with elite potential, we’re on their side, giving everyone the same care and dedication – and supporting them all the way as they PLAY, DEVELOP & ENJOY in a truly professional environment.

With an expert eye when it comes to developing emerging talent, you can trust us to have the insight, knowledge, honesty and experience to focus and improve young players.

We’re UAE's finest football academy for aspiring young players helping them play, develop and enjoy the world’s most beautiful game.

Academy Highlights

IJF Academy is one of the finest youth development academies led by experienced coaches who excel in young player development. We build players with drive, passion, enthusiasm and a will to succeed

Skill Coverage

eceiving the Ball
Releasing the Ball

Running with/out the ball

Recovering the ball


350 Kids
5 Centers

The programme devises sessions that are specific to the age range, the squad (future players, development or advanced) and also the individual

Working across the 4 corners of the game involving technical, physical, physiological & tactical - In Possession, Out of possession and the Transition with our older players.

The IJF Academy season lasts for 38 weeks and is split into 3 terms. Players compete weekly in the JA Youth League, play friendlies and tournaments home and abroad.

All coaches are English FA qualified up to FA level 2 with senior coaches UEFA A OR B licensed

Age Progression


  • Balance and Coordination work
  • Multi area touches and skills
  • Sessions to create understanding of the game of football in a fun environment
  • Concentration of technique work with both feet

  • Speed/Agility/Balance & Coordination
  • Skills to beat opponents/attacking flair
  • Receiving skills and movement to create time on the ball
  • Introduction of position specific roles and responsibilities
  • Reinforcement of weak foot passing/receiving/shooting

  • Strength/Speed/Flexibility/Agility – Testing
  • Formations & Tactics
  • Decision making on retaining the ball
  • Dietary Requirements to perform to potential

  • Mental/Physiological side of the game – As an individual and as a team
  • Individual training programmes to succeed
  • Match & Tournament Preparation
  • Leadership skills – Gaining experience and qualifications in the laws and teaching and organization of the game
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It’s Just Football runs some of its academies, camps and FA courses at the Jebel Ali Centre of Excellence and the Football Centre in Al Quoz. Both facilities offer a great atmosphere for young footballers to learn, practice, progress and get inspired

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