Norway's biggest academy even better at player development

Norway’s biggest academy even better at player development

Published on: 16/10/2023
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Norway’s biggest academy even better at player development

NF Academy has taken some minor steps to customize the programs even better for those who want to take their next step towards becoming a better player.

NF Academy evaluates all players participating in tournaments or programs and provides feedback on strengths and weaknesses. And not least how the player should work to become a better player.

The evaluation also happens in the opposite direction, with all players and parents submitting feedback after each program throughout the year. Now these have been summarized internally, and some new details have been incorporated into the program.

In short, we have listened to players and parents after this season with us. Some points recurred, which we have now implemented in our programs to sharpen the focus on the individual player even more in the 2024 season, said Sports Director Gonçalo Moura.

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Norway’s biggest academy even better at player development

NF Academy has taken some minor steps to customize the programs even better for those who want to take their next step towards becoming a better player.

NF Academy evaluates all players participating in tournaments or programs and provides feedback on strengths and weaknesses. And not least how the player should work to become a better player.

The evaluation also happens in the opposite direction, with all players and parents submitting feedback after each program throughout the year. Now these have been summarized internally, and some new details have been incorporated into the program.

In short, we have listened to players and parents after this season with us. Some points recurred, which we have now implemented in our programs to sharpen the focus on the individual player even more in the 2024 season, said Sports Director Gonçalo Moura.

Top coaches and players

NF Academy has recruited experienced Portuguese coaches with their professional backgrounds from some of the largest academies in the world.

“Learning the game by playing it” is the common thread that recurs on the field in all phases of training. Which is clearly in good taste.

We are very pleased with the feedback on our sporting apparatus. In fact, the coaching staff was the question that received the best evaluation in all of our surveys throughout the year, Moura said.

Although the results are secondary to individual development, the Sports Director can enjoy a number of strong performances delivered by NF Academy’s talent teams around European major tournaments in 2023.

We’re not just results-oriented. The desire is to make sure that the players are integrated into a group that gives them challenges at the same sporting level as themselves. That’s often the key to good performance.

In 2023, our teams have won tournaments such as Future cup and MIC Barcelona, while several others have finished top 4 in international tournaments,” said head coach Ricardo Silva, who was quick to talk about the development of individual players.

This is the focus of Norway’s largest academy. 

NF Academy has many talented players and an attractive way to play football. Sporting CP and other big clubs have scouts following us around Europe. This summer, four of the players were selected for a training stint in Lisbon.

A number of others had opportunities to prove themselves to clubs, scouts and agents, Ricardo Silva said.

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Fewer and more

The changes players and parents will notice in 2024 are at a level of detail, which should make players both better prepared and coordinated heading into tournaments.

We have added an extra day to the tournament schedules, with the exception of the Riga Cup. This is played outside of the school holidays and is a cup where the withdrawal of squad takes place after a long autumn and winter where the players have trained together, we have gotten to know them and they know our way of playing.

The Riga Cup 2024 is for the best players in our local programmes. The goal of that one extra day is to add one or two extra training sessions to strengthen the relational on the pitch and the bond between the players outside, Moura said.

The withdrawal of the squad also results in slightly fewer players for all tournaments.

This makes us more vulnerable to injuries, but at the same time gives more playing time to those who have been taken out. It’s important for both the experience and player development. For the strongest tournaments, the selection will probably also be more stringent in 2024, concludes NF Academy Sports Director Gonçalo Moura.

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UPCOMING NF ACADEMY EVENTS

NF International Tranining Camps

Date Program Country Place Age Group
15 - 25 Jul 2024 NF High Performance Portugal Rio Maior 2009-2005
29 Sep - 05 Oct 2024 NF Elite Training Camp
Week 40
Portugal Lisbon / Estoril 2009-2014
13 - 19 Oct 2024 NF Elite Training Camp
Week 42
Portugal Lisbon / Estoril 2009-2014
27 Oct - 02 Nov 2024 NF Elite Training Camp
Week 44
Portugal Lisbon / Estoril 2009-2014
09 - 15 Feb 2025 NF Elite Training Camp
Week 7
Portugal Lisbon / Estoril 2009-2014
16 - 22 Feb 2025 NF Elite Training Camp
Week 8
Portugal Lisbon / Estoril 2009-2014
23 Feb - 01 Mar 2025 NF Elite Training Camp
Week 9
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NF International Tournaments

Date Program Country Place Age Group
08 - 12 Jan 2025 NF Selection Riga Cup Latvia Riga 2010
16 - 19 Jan 2025 NF Selection Riga Cup Latvia Riga 2011
22 - 26 Jan 2025 NF Selection Riga Cup Latvia Riga 2008-2009
30 Jan - 02 Feb 2025 NF Selection Riga Cup Latvia Riga 2012
05 - 09 Feb 2025 NF Selection Riga Cup Latvia Riga 2013

Check the complete Event Calendar here.

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