During the summer of 2020, we will visit more than 30 different locations in Scandinavia with the goal of providing quality training, contributing to the development of local players and to identify talents that we can offer international opportunities. Our sessions are of high intensity, and players get a unique opportunity to work closely with Portuguese coaches that have their backgrounds from Sporting CP, SL Benfica and other top academies in Portugal.
At the event of NF International, 4 players will be awarded the prize of “Player of the Age Category” and will then advance onto NF Elite Qualification Camp in Denmark. At this camp, there will be another selection of 8 players winning a week-long tryout stay filled with training at one of the world’s best academies, the academy of Sporting CP.
Who is it for?
NF International is a camp intended for both boys and girls in the age of 8 to 16 years, that wants to develop their skills and to get a better understanding of the game. We recommend that all participating players already have acquired some good basic skills and that they are receptive for learning.
To make sure that all participants get challenged at their own level, we create specific training groups where we differentiate both level and age.
Road to Sporting CP
At NF International we will choose 4 winners of the «player of the age category», whereof there is one player selected from each of these age-groups; 2004,2005, 2006 and 2007. These players will receive an invitation to participate in the NF Elite Qualification Camp in Denmark, at the end of the summer.
During this event, Sporting CP will have their own scout present, and he will select 8 players winning an entire week of training at the academy of Sporting CP. NF Academy will cover all costs for these players. In 2019, these 6 players were selected out of the 1300 players that were participating, and they won their stay at Sporting CP, the autumn of 2019: Blertun Isufi, Noah Solheim, Sahle Wålberg, Alfredo Steiner, Ingvar Kolbjørnsen and Bashir Bashiir. Here you can see the players in the picture below.
Goals with the Pogram
NF Academy has a clear vision of contributing to developing more international top-players. That is why, we want to create and offer this opportunity to the most talented players, to go all the way to win a stay at Sporting CP. August Frobenius (2003) and Nikolai Skoglund (2003) are two Norwegian players that got their first professional contract with Sporting CP when they were 16 years old. And for the players that make an excellent impression at their stay with Sporting CP, a contract can also be a possibility for the future of that player.
The younger participants (8 to 12 years) are not part of this qualification. For these participants and for the players that do not qualify, our objective with NF International is to give a developing and social training experience with valuable learning that the players can take back with them to their daily training, to progress to the next level.
Qualified Players 2020
The players that qualify for the NF Qualification Camp in Denmark, will be published here on this page, as soon as they qualify. In the meantime, you can see here who qualified in 2019 by clicking on the link below.
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.
At our local training camps, we differentiate both level and ages to create homogeneous training groups. Each training group normally consist of 12 to 20 players + 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.
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.
«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 call-ups, 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