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International Football Academy, Dubai

IFA Sport claims to be the largest grass roots football business in the UAE and to coach more children in more places than any other football academy in the region.  It operates in over 20 locations throughout the UAE – see below.

According to its Web site the academy currently has over 2,000 participants attending coaching sessions on a weekly basis across Abu Dhabi, Dubai & Sharjah. It also has over 400 players competing weekly in the Premier Youth League (PYL), which was established by IFA in 2009, and holds an active database of over 4,000 members.

The Academy has more than 20 male and female coaches who (between them) can speak English, Arabic & French. Head coaches are required to have the English FA level 2 coaching certificate and Emergency First Aid qualification.

An IFA Rugby Academy in the UAE was also setup in 2011.


  • Al Khubairat British School, Abu Dhabi
  • Al Muna Primary School, Abu Dhabi
  • Al Yasmina School, Abu Dhabi
  • Golf Gardens, Abu Dhabi (in association with Khidmah)
  • Khalidiya Village Tennis Courts, Abu Dhabi (in association with Khidmah)
  • Pearl Primary School, Abu Dhabi
  • Sas Al Nakhl / Al Nakheel Tennis Courts, Abu Dhabi (in association with Khidma)
  • Dubai British School, Dubai
  • Green Community East – Gardenia Lane, Dubai
  • Horizon Primary School, Dubai
  • Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS), Dubai
  • JESS Arabian Ranches, Dubai
  • Regent International School, Dubai
  • Lycee Georges Pompidou, Sharjah
  • Sharjah Wanderers Sports Club, Sharjah


Fees are apprx 45 AED per session (3-4 years old) or AED 75 per session (5-14 years old).


Update on June 26, 2015 | Reviewed by David on August 10, 2012

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