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Academy Overview

For players ages 15 through 22 who want to see if they have what it takes to make a professional career in soccer, the Academy is the place to be. The Academy is a soccer immersion program, giving international players the opportunity to train with local talent in Spain and compete at the highest levels in their age group. The Academy uses evidence-based practices to develop players and put them on a path to a professional career. 

The Academy provides a unique, systematic development process that elevates players' skills to the necessary levels to compete in Federated soccer in Spain, including top tier levels. 

Short term courses are also available here.  

UPP Players Succeed

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UPP Academy has a history of producing players that compete on several top tier teams. The most recent is U16 Spanish National team goalkeeper, Alberto Sánchez Vivas. He is a 15-year-old who debuted in 3rd Division in the 2016-17 season, and who was sought by many European teams, including RB Salzbrug (Austria), Atletico de Madrid, Sevilla, Real Madrid, and RB Leipzig to name a few. He has signed with Real Deportivo Coruña this season with a lucrative contract.

Vivas is not the only player joining Real Deportivo Coruña from the UP Plasencia Academy. Forward Luismi Redondo moved from the Academy to the Valencia FC Juvenil team, and then to Depor this season. They will join former Academy alumnus Mario Domínguez, who has been at Real Deportivo Coruña since last season.

Other professional prospects that have come out of UPP include but are not limited to:

o   Alex Alegría - R. Betis

o   Andrés Llorente - At. Madrid

o   Sergio Alonso - R. Zaragoza

o   Sergio Hernández 'Chencho' - Valencia CF

o   Fernando Pérez 'Deco' - Málaga CF

o   Julio César Izquierdo - Sevilla FC

o   Rubén Colmenero - Sevilla FC

o   David de Pablos - RCD Espanyol

Research shows that in sports, the one thing that works and makes lower performing players better is IMMERSION
— PSS Research

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Year-Round Academy Benefits

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Players who join the Academy will get all the benefits of an evidence-based full immersion soccer program. Short term courses are also available here.  Academy players will receive the following benefits:

GREAT NEWS! the pss academy is expanding! our immersion program is now in three regions:

  1. Extremadura- where our flagship training center is at UP Plasencia

  2. Catalonia- where we have have immersion programs with teams in Barcelona and surrounding area.

  3. Elche/Alicante- where we have immersion teams in the Alicante, ELche, and Elda areas.  

AGES 18-22

    • Registration for 10-month or 11-month course which includes

      • Preseason (starts in late July -Early August)

      • Season (starts in August or September) and ends in May/June

    • Live together with team members or other players in the immersion program playing with other teams. 

    • Follow the appropriate dietary requirements;

    • Attend school during the day or the weekend (depending on individual academic requirements);

    • Have the option to attend capabilities training in small groups with professional coaches;

    • Train at the gym regularly using a personalized cross training regimen designed by  physical trainers;

    • Train with a senior federated senior team;

    • Play federated football in a senior team;

    • Undergo regular evaluations with and without video.

    COST: €34,000 for program. Please note that ALL our scholarships and partial scholarships are closed for the academic year 2018/19.

    Ages 15-17

    • Registration for 10-month or 11-month course which includes

      • Preseason (starts in August )

      • Season (starts in September)

    • Live together with team members  in one of UP Plasencia’s houses

    • Follow the same dietary requirements as the first team;

    • Attend school during the day or the weekend (depending on their academic requirements);

    • Attend capabilities training in small groups with the 1st team coach and/or the Academy Director;

    • Train at the gym regularly using a personalized cross training regimen designed by team physical trainers (U19s only);

    • Train with the Juvenil A and B teams (U19) or younger teams (below U15-U17); 

    • Play in the Juvenil Nacional Division and/or the Regional Division, or younger divisions (U15-U17); and

    • Undergo regular evaluations with and without video.

    COST: €34,000 for program. Partial scholarships are avaialable for the academic year 2018/19.

    Why Us?

    immersion is key to success in our international academy 

    An important piece for any team in Spain to grow and reach financial wealth is the development of a strong Fútbol Base or Academy infrastructure. Such infrastructure can be costly. Several teams in Spain have partnered with sport management groups to help support their growth efforts through international programs.

    Research shows that in sports, like in education and many other fields, the one thing that works and makes lower performing players better is immersion. Right now, all sorts of people are trying to rethink and reinvent football development, to get talented players in lower performing leagues to the level of their European counterparts. But there is one thing nobody tries, despite lots of evidence that it works: desegregation.

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