Soccer/Futbol Academies/Tours for multi-leveled players all over the word
These trips give a tremendous amount of soccer, cultural, & language opportunites to guarantee one of the best experiences the player has ever experienced.
Mission: To provide the resource for futbol
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[03/04/13] For those who have commented or contacted me, the time is approaching to commit to Spain for summer. Let me know!!!
[02/09/13] The trip price has been adjust down do $4,425.00. The last time this trip was done the cost was nearly $5k in 2008. Great time to travel to Spain!
[01/10/13] Who wants to go to Spain in July with us?
[11/06/12] Just launching this after no trips since 2008. Looking to use my plus 20 years experience traveling, and 11 years taking kids to Real Madrid to now bring them to the place where the best are coming from! Las Rosas in Madrid is the home of the Spanish National Team, and this July 2013, I plan to bring a group to be coached for two weeks by their youth national team coaches!
[10/21/12] FAQ for 2013 Spanish Academy Trip:
July 12th-July 30th
Tighe O'Sullivan has been coaching for the past twenty years and working with youth since he was 12 years old. He is a seasoned traveler having been to 30 different countries including to Bolivia to take part in the Tahuichi Academy, Mexico for the “We Did it” Soccer Camp, and has taken kids to Real Madrid Soccer Summer Academies on 11 separate years. Most of his travel involves soccer in some form. He is fluent in Spanish and has been to Madrid more than 15 times. His life has been significantly influenced by the experiences of life, culture, and soccer in Spain and hopes to share these with many more in future trips.
The following is a list to help you answer some of the most frequently asked questions. If you have more afterwards you may contact the tour operator at any time at
What is the purpose of this trip?
The purpose is for the teams, players, and coaches to participate in our programs as soccer ambassadors of the USA, and to foster goodwill, friendship, camaraderie, and understanding between our two countries. Soccer has been long been accepted and preferred as a method and tool to bring nations together.
We give the opportunity to experience top class competition, visit clubs and their training facilities, and interact with peers from many countries who may turn into long time friends. This fosters a better understanding of the game, both on and off the field. It gives a sense of soccer culture, which is not currently part of American ideal or understanding and needs to be for the game to continue to grow to the next level.
As a country Spain is known for it history, culture, food, and soccer. At this time the Professional League (La Liga) is one of the two best in all of Europe and produces two of the best club in the world Real Madrid and Barcelona. They have won more Champions League trophies than any other country.
The country offers a great climate to play in, and the people are some of the nicest you can find in all of Europe. It also gives the opportunity for kids to practice/learn what is becoming the second most used language in the world.
Whey the Spanish Federation Academy?
Spain is now seen as one of the best football nations in history and this is a chance to experience it at their peak! They have done what no other country has ever done in winning the three most prestigious trophies in a row by winning back to back European Cup’s and the World Cup in succession.
Why Real Madrid? (For those that choose this alternative)
Real Madrid has just celebrated its 110th Anniversary. They have won t nine Champions Leagues titles, and have as part of their teams multiple FIFA World Players of the year in Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, and Ronaldo, and CR7, as well as historically having the legends such as DiStefano, Puskas, and Gento. Their youth programs have produced players like Iker Casillas, the youngest goalie to ever win a Champions League. Real as clubs go, does not have anyone in the world that can stand next to them in their accomplishments.
Are the kids in the Academies the entire time in Spain?
The kids are not in the camp the entire time in Spain. We usually arrive a day or two before, which give them the opportunity to adjust to the time change. During this time we usually take a trip to Toledo, the former capital city of Spain, and other touristy sites in Madrid…..cont. next page.
…Depending upon the availability of airline departures, we usually also stay a few days after the camp is over for the kids to experience a little more of the city and culture of Madrid as well as taking a trip to the coast to the city of Valencia and it’s beaches. This is determined once our reservations have been made. During these times the kids stay in youth hostels, which the rest of the year are filled with college students from outside the city.
Are you free to roam?
While participating in the Tours/Academies the kids are not allowed to move anywhere without immediate supervision. They are confined to the campus whether it is at the dormitories or at the Real Madrid facility, or Las Rosas.
In years past, when on free days away from the camp, kids have been given the opportunity to move around at times. This has been based upon the age, maturity, and parental consent. Just because consent has been given, does not mean we always allowed the kids to do so. In reality we have always had monitors accompany the participants on our free days away from the camp.
Is it safe to travel in Spain?
Spain is a European Union country. This establishes it as a contributing member to Europe. It is a safe country to travel in, but as with all countries you will find crime. We try to avoid situations that put the kids at higher risk. We have never had any serious incident of foul play, but can never say it is 100%.
The Spanish Federation and Real Madrid have gone to extra lengths already to assure the safety of anyone in their camps. As the camps are in an enclosed campus the chance of foul play at camp is minimal at best.
Traveling as we have in the past will be dealt with as the trip comes closer. We are in touch with Spain on a weekly basis, and travel arrangements to other cities will be dealt with in the most responsible and safest ways possible.
Can parents attend?
Parents can attend the trip. But, they are not allowed to visit or speak with their children while in the academies due to conflicts with the focus & philosophy of the academies. If your child is attending a separate customized itinerary can be created for you and your family. If you choose to be a monitor of the group then you may stay at the same facilities with the campers and attend, but these roles are limited and cannot be for couples.
If your child is participating in the Academies parents can attend and participate in whatever activities outside of the futbol with the tour operator. On the other hand, if the parents want to set their own intinery that is also available, and/or a combination of both.
What is the difference between the camp and the tour? (Tour is only for teams)
The academies are a two-week training intense training opportunity. It is geared more for the individual player who wants the Spanish soccer experience, and wants to concentrate of skills. The kids are put into a schedule from waking until they go to bed. They train in the morning with the professional coaches concentrating on overall technical skills, and then apply them in games in the afternoon session. At night they play in a tournament of futbol sala (5 v 5 + goalies) of mix ages/genders until bedtime.
The Soccer Tour is a minimum of 9 days. It is more team oriented, but the possibility of someone participating with another team is based upon availability and skill level of the child. It consists of customized training with the Real Madrid. For example, if a team wants to work on a flat back four it can be the emphasis of their training sessions.
Also, participants in the tour will play against the actual youth team of Madrid, as well as, Real Madrid and other professional youth teams like Rayo Vallcano and Valencia. The tour is 100% custom made and can be done at any time of the year. Depending upon the timing chosen the team will also have the opportunity to see a live professional game in the legendary stadium Santiago de Bernabeu.
Can references be provided from previous parents/campers?
Upon request names, phone numbers, and/or letters written from previous attendee’s or their parents can be provided.
Is there a problem with the language barrier?
Soccer is a universal language, so in respects to training no. As for communicating with other kids from around the world, it is not really a problem either. You only have to remember that English is the official language of business, and therefore most kids at the camp have learned English since they were kids.
How is transportation taken care of?
Transportation whether it is vans, buses, trains, or metros is organized and supplied by the tour operator. We do our best to give the experiences of different types of travel, while making it as easy and affordable as possible.
How easy is communication with my child during his trip?
During the trip there is always a phone number where you can contact your child in case of an emergency. Cell phones makes it easy these days, but kids are only allowed are specific times during the day to use them. In general we usually suggest that your child brings a calling card so the cost is up front and easy to use. The Tour Operator will be able to provide a phone number so parents can contact him directly.
When is soccer season in Spain?
Soccer season runs from the first weeks of August until late December. At this time it takes a break and then restarts in the first week of January, and run until mid May. This question is usually in reference to whether the kids will be able to see a game or any of the players train.
Real Madrid begins training at the beginning of the second week of the camp (the last week of July). For kids participating in the Summer Camp they may get a chance to see them come in for their check-ups, and preliminary training. For those who wish to see a game in combination with their experience you will want to concentrate more on the “team tour” opportunities. This allows you to customize the trip to include a game with the dates you want.
When are the programs scheduled?
The Spanish Federation Soccer Academy is scheduled to begin at the end of the 2nd week of July and runs two weeks, while the Real Madrid Camp is the same.
The tour motto is Anytime 2013! We actually suggest that you do a combination of the two trips together. This year, for instance, there will be many individuals that will go to the Summer Soccer Camp for two weeks, followed by the tour. They are taking the time to work on their skill level, and at the same time get real games in after. This is to give the complete experience, but also in reality the largest cost of the trip is the airfare, and therefore you receive far more from the experience, whether it is language, culture, or touches on the ball.
What is the level of competition?
The level at the camp is a wide range. The kids come from all over the world. There are players who are of the highest, and those that are of an almost recreational level. As for the Soccer Tour, the level is determined by how good the team coming to Spain is. The first game to be played would be against a local team to size up competition, and of course the other games will include one against Real Madrid’s youth team.
How long are the trips?
The trip for the camp is three weeks long.
The Soccer tour trip starts at 8 days/7 nights, and can be custom made to be as long as the group would like.
Where do the trips depart from?
Our main hub of departure is SFO San Francisco airport. Other arrangements can be made based upon where the individuals would be coming from, and how many there are.
Who is able to go?
Anyone can go, but as stated above, itineries may be created for those who are not allowed to participate in the activities of the Summer Academies. As for the tour, you could even bring your entire family to experience the joys of Spain.
What about age cut off and game rules?
Generally we take kids from ages 12-19 years old. If there is a child younger who wants to go we interview the child and the parents to see the maturity level of the child, and whether he will be able to attend.
What documents are required?
Two copies of birth certificate, passport, and drivers license (if available). A signed release form, and registration form filled out including any diseases
[10/21/12] Finally will return to Spain in 2013 with a bit of drive...
[10/17/12] This will be the page to show the trips of the past and promote the tours of the future. Next tour will be summer July 2013 in Madrid, Spain. Stay tuned to see photos and stories of the past and info for the future.
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