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Development Programs

Recreational/Development Programs (2-14yrs)
Bringing Professional Coaching to Recreational Soccer

In general, the program's objectives are primarily devoted to the enjoyment and development of each child in his or her own unique way without committing to a select team that demands a high commitment level and competes in high-level competitions.

Emphasis is on fun, learning how to play the game, and developing lifelong skills. In a safe and challenging environment, guided by professional and experienced coaches, and an innovative player-centered curriculum, we strive to have a positive influence on their life, regardless of whether they become a footballer or not.

We want players to reflect later in their lives and be happy with the opportunity to be associated with FD Football Academy. 


All programs are open to both boys and girls across the city. Join us to LEARN the game, LOVE the game, and LIVE the game. We bring professional coaching to recreational soccer!

Areas your child will develop/improve

Balance, Agility, and Coordination Skills

Technical Skills

Gross Motor Skills

Physical Development

Social Skills


Communication Skills

Teamwork and Respect 


Tots Program (2-3yrs)


The Tots program is specially designed for kids aged 2-3 years old. At this early stage, the main goal is to introduce the game through interactive fun drills sessions that keep them focused.


Through the program, kids will also improve their control, balance, and coordination. These are key development elements every kid needs. Overall, each kid will have an enjoyable experience and develop in their unique ways. 

Fundamentals Program (4-6yrs)


At this stage, we focus more on the basics. Our practice sessions for 4-6 years old kids are based on fun games, spending more time with the ball, and creating game passion, developing basic motor skills with ball handling and control. 


Youth Development Program (7-14yrs)

The Youth Development Program is categorized into two groups

Junior Youth Development (7-10 years old)

Senior Youth Development (11-14 years old)

In both programs, we work on players' soccer techniques and skills developing their 1v1 and 2v1 individual attacking and defending skills. Small-sided games are encouraged to develop tactical skills and physical demands (speed, coordination, balance, and agility) are also trained. 

This program is suited for players looking to improve their current soccer skills, learn new skills, and look forward to playing in a competitive league.


In the Senior Development Program, the tactical side workload increases whiles still working on the technical attacking and defending skills.

Hardworking and committed players that wants more are encouraged to try out for FD Academy Elite Teams. Some current elite players started in the Development program. It is a great entry point into the Elite Program.


Girls ONLY Program (7+)


FD Football Academy is also dedicated to promoting female soccer of all ages in the city of Shanghai. In the Girls ONLY Soccer Program, we aim to use soccer as a platform for empowering these young girls with social and technical skills that will play an instrumental role on and off the field.

For more information about any of our events or programs, email us at info@fdshanghaiacademy.com. If you are interested in our Academy Elite Teams (from U7 to U19), please send an email to elite@fdshanghaiacademy.com to book a tryout session.