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Why Villarreal?

The Villarreal CF Academy along with its training methodology is the foundation to its distinguished reputation of developing world class soccer players. The root of this renowned training system focuses on the technical, tactical, physical, and psychological aspects of the game, building a players confidence to individualize their goals.

The Villarreal methodology highlights important values, player autonomy, and understanding of the game through focus on ball handling skills, ball possession, and a players initiative. The goal aims to improve the player, motivate the player, and encourage them to participate in their learnings while fostering relationships between players of different backgrounds and lifestyles. Identifying goals for each player allows aligning the drills and learning opportunities for the type of player the youth aspires to, keeping that player engaged, and ensuring the coaches maximize the training time with the players.

Villarreal is committed to driving the growth of student athletes and supporting the constant improvement of formation, spreading knowledge and innovation both on the field and in social settings off the field, and promoting gender and race equality. Villarreal player development begins at 3-years old with basic physical movements and introduction to the sport. From 12-years old through when they become professionals, the club nurtures talent full time at the Players Residence within the Villarreal training ground Ciudad Deportiva. The importance of training with the Villarreal CF Academy from a young age aligns closely with its methodology, to develop them with the understanding, autonomy, and values that will allow them to fulfill their potential to be the best soccer players they can be.

Working with players from a young age allows the ability to identify the areas necessary for improvement throughout the players development, for which specific goals are set to make these improvements, resulting in better well-rounded players. In turn Villarreal creates more intelligent and autonomous players that are aware of their weaknesses and understand how to turn those weaknesses into strengths. They learn how to best react to game situations, enhancing their decision-making abilities.

A key element to the Villarreal CF development system is community focus. While it’s important to develop great players, it's just as important to produce great people with moral values. Players are instilled the importance of giving back to the community which can have a positive impact on all aspects of their lives on the field and off.

Notable players that have played or developed within Villarreal CF:

  • Santi Cazorla
  • Matteo Musacchio
  • Bruno Soriano
  • Mario Gaspar
  • Manu Trigueros
  • Aleix Garcia
  • Pablo Fornals
  • Rodri
  • Juan Roman Riquelme
  • Diego Forlan
  • Martin Palermo
  • Matias Fernandez
  • Giuseppe Rossi
  • Marcos Senna
  • Jozy Altidore
  • Pepe Reina
  • Fabricio Coloccini
  • Eric Bailly


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