NF SELECTION
NORDIC INVITATIONAL

NF Academy returns to Nordic Invitational to defend the 1st place victory last summer!

NF SELECTION
NORDIC INVITATIONAL

NF Academy returns to Nordic Invitational to defend the 1st place victory last summer!

NF SELECTION
NORDIC INVITATIONAL

NF Academy invites talented players to join our teams in the tournament Nordic Invitational Cup. The tournament will be held in Esbjerg, Denmark between the 26th of July and the 2nd of august 2020.

At this tournament, we wish to give Nordic talents the opportunity to compete against top Scandinavian teams such as Aab, Djurgårdens IF and Molde in addition to other teams from around the continent. Our team of skilled Portuguese coaches will be there to give guidance throughout the week. Additionally, we will host a three day training camp ahead of the tournament where players and coaches will get to know each other.

WHO IS IT FOR?

We are seeking players with a medium to high regional level with a strong motivation and willingness to learn. Players in the following age categories can join this program:

  • U11 (born 2009)
  • U12 (born 2008)
  • U13 (born 2007)
  • U14 (born 2006)
  • U15 (born 2005)
  • U16 (born 2004)

GOALS WITH THE PROGRAM

Our main objectives in NF Selection Nordic Invitational is to provide players with match references against strong Scandinavian teams, give the players a better understanding of the game and provide experience in integrating into a team with good players from different countries.

During the preparational training camp and tournament, we will do a full evaluation of all the players. Each player will have a meeting with their head coach and get detailed feedback on what they need to improve to reach a higher level. All the players will be provided with an evaluation report with the purpose to give guidance for their training work when they return to their country.

“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

PACKAGES

PLAYER

• Accommodation in 3 to 4-person rooms in hostel
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner (dinner upon arrival, breakfast on departure)
• 3 days of training before the tournament matches
• 1 friendly match before the tournament
• Experienced NF Academy head coach per team
• 1 physiotherapist and goalkeeper coach shared between the NF teams
• Team and individual meetings
• Social program and supervision of players
• Individual player report
• Access to Vejen sports facilities (including swimming pool)

 

Price per Player
1190 EUR (8 days / 7 nights)

FAMILY

• Accommodation in Sports Hotel Vejen, breakfast included
• Participation in Team and Individual meetings with players
• Access to Vejen sports facilities (including swimming pool)

 

Price per Person – Double Room
480 EUR (8 days / 7 nights)

EQUIPMENT

• Full Kit – 119 EUR
Includes: Home & Away Jerseys, 2 training shirts, 2 shorts, 2 pair of socks and 1 sweater

 

• Team Kit – 69 EUR
Includes: Home & Away Jerseys, 2 training shirts and 2 shorts

PARTICIPATING CLUBS

TOURNAMENT FACTS

Nordic Invitational Cup is a Scandinavian competition where top clubs from around Scandinavia and Europe come together to compete. The tournament is hosted in Esbjerg on the south western coast of Denmark.

More information: https://www.nordicinvitationalcup.com/

PARTICIPATING CLUBS

nf academy elite selection nordic invitational esbjerg
Top confirmed teams - Nordic Invitational

TOURNAMENT FACTS

Nordic Invitational Cup is a Scandinavian competition where top clubs from around Scandinavia and Europe come together to compete. The tournament is hosted in Esbjerg on the south western coast of Denmark.

More information: https://www.nordicinvitationalcup.com/

LOCATION

Esbjerg is a seaport town and seat of Esbjerg Municipality on the west coast of the Jutland peninsula in southwest Denmark. For the culturally interested, the town has several notable museums and entertainment venues, such as Esbjerg Art Museum, Esbjerg Museum and the privately owned Fisheries and Maritime Museum. Outside of town, you will also find the Blåvand Zoo, which hosts about 400 animals and 80 species.

LOCATION

Esbjerg is a seaport town and seat of Esbjerg Municipality on the west coast of the Jutland peninsula in southwest Denmark. For the culturally interested, the town has several notable museums and entertainment venues, such as Esbjerg Art Museum, Esbjerg Museum and the privately owned Fisheries and Maritime Museum. Outside of town, you will also find the Blåvand Zoo, which hosts about 400 animals and 80 species.

VIDEOS

OTHER INFORMATION

We value to give good consultation before booking a program to ensure the right challenge for all our participants. Best way to identify if this program is suitable for you is to start by sending us a request. Please give us some information about the club, position, age, level and goals, and we will follow up from there. If you have some video available, please share.

Are you unsure if you have the level to be in this program? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We can let you know when the next available local training camp in your region take place, and evaluate the player for international programs.

Program 2020

Day 1 – Sunday 26th of July
Arrival day with team workout and dinner

Day 2 – Monday 27th of July
Breakfast followed by information meeting with workout in the morning followed by training sessions in the afternoon.

Day 3 – Tuesday 28th of July
Training session focusing on preparations for the first day of the match.

Day 4 – Wednesday 29th of July
Start of the tournament matches.

Day 5 to Day 7 – Thursday 30th of July to Saturday 1st of August
Tournament matches.

Day 8 – Sunday 2nd of August
Finals and closing ceremony. Finishing the program by lunch time.

VEJEN SPORTS CENTER, DENMARK

Players will stay at the Vejen Sports Center throughout the program. Staying in such unique environments is ideal for carrying out training in advance of the tournament, and we’ll also have the opportunity to train during the tournament. The players will be accommodated in 3-4 person rooms along with their teammates at Danhostel Sport Road. The coaches will stay in the hostel and be responsible for the players throughout the event.

For family, we offer hotel accommodation at Sport Hotel Veijen, 500 meters from the hostel where the players live.

Read more about Vejen Sports Center at www.vejenic.dk

NFA Director | Gonçalo Nunes

GONÇALO NUNES
HEAD COACH AND NF ACADEMY DIRECTOR

NF Academy International Director Gonçalo Nunes has an impressive 25-year background in youth football. He is a solid resource for both NF Academy and the players in the academy system together with NF Academy Director Joao Plantier.

Gonçalo has mainly worked as Head Coach, technical coordinator and technical director for 25 years in international football. He has a UEFA-A license as well as level 3 IPDJ as a sports coach, and is really looking forward to working closer to the talented players of NF Academy.

International Background
He has worked under Carlos Queiroz, and the Manchester United football school project for 6 years. Gonçalo has also been linked to Sporting Clube de Portugal for 2 years, and for the past 5 years he has been responsible for the international field of youth football in Sport Lisboa e Benfica. There he has also been a player developer coordinator for the past three years.

During the last decade, he has been involved in several international projects and programs at various levels, where he has traveled around the world, as well as coordinating and involved with thousands of players and coaches on programs in Portugal.

Gonçalo will select the coaching staff for this program. You can see all our coaches here.

«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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