FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. WHO ARE CONTINENTAL ASPIRE SOCCER (CAS)?
We are the first continental player platform in the U.K and North America to prepare players between under 8 years old – under 23 years old for a professional football career in Continental Europe.
We work with a Continental European philosophy and provide players with opportunities in the Austrian Bundesliga, Belgian Pro League, French Ligue, German Bundesliga, Dutch Eredivisie, Italian Serie A, Israeli Premier League. We prepare players to play in top professional leagues in Continental Europe.
2. HOW CAN I SECURE MY PLACE TO PLAY FOR THE CONTINENTAL ASPIRE SOCCER ACADEMY?
As you are aware it’s tough to become a professional Soccer player. Having the right mentality and talent is not always enough to be scouted.
For UK or Florida based players, the best way is to apply for a Talent Identification Program (1 day or 2 days).
International players, please register for our 6 Day Talent Identification.
We cover 3 different age groups:
- Foundational Development Phase (FDP) Under 8 – Under 11
- Youth Development Phase (YDP) Under 12 – Under 16
- Professional Development Phase (PDP) Under 17 – Under 23
This program will give you the opportunity to proceed to the second stage of our program.
If successful, you will be asked to go onto our 28-day Professional Development trial where we do a thorough evaluation.
- UK Locations: London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Republic of Ireland, Dundalk, Dublin, Cork
- North America Locations: Florida, Texas, Georgia, California.
3. WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I’VE BEEN SCOUTED BY THE CONTINENTAL ASPIRE SOCCER?
Your club, personal and school details will have been passed from our scout to the Head of Recruitment. Our recruitment and child welfare team then undertake the ‘Players Due Diligent Checks’ at select locations only. We will contact you once all the checks have been completed.
4. WHAT AGE RANGE DO WE WORK WITH?
At the Continental Aspire Soccer, we work with 3 age groups:
Foundational Phase (Under 8 – Under 11 years old.)
Foundational Phase group is the entry-level to the professional football training. We evaluate the players in this phase through fun small-sided games and tournament-based experiences. The aim is to help young players to learn the fundamentals of personality, insight, technical skills while remaining with their boy’s clubs.
Youth Development Phase (Under 12 – Under 16 years old.) During this phase, the players are placed in a more structured environment, which is designed to help the players to progress into a professional academy. This program includes a competitive games program in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland to advance the players to the highest level. Players are committed to this program just before starting high school (2 years at a time.) Our program is education-based so there is a lot of emphases based on learning 3 languages (Dutch, French and German.
Professional Development Phase (Under 17 – Under 21 years)
This program is the most suitable for late developers, or players who need to be ready for a professional club. We work with these players on a case by case basis.
There are players who develop faster than others and this is always taken into account with rigorous tests being run throughout the season.
5. WHERE OUR TRIALS ARE HELD?
We run trials in a number of locations across the UK. Keep up-to-date with the schedule on our website and social media platforms.
6. DO I HAVE TO ATTEND THE TRIAL TO BE EVALUATED?
All our players have to attend our trials in order to be evaluated. YouTube, Vimeo, and other video-based platforms only show snippets of your potential talent and not the whole picture.
7. WHO COACHES MY CHILD?
All our coaches are U.E.F.A and FIFA Qualified to a minimum of a ”B” License Level and all have extensive experience in Youth and Child Development. They have played and coached at the highest professional level. We mentor all our coaches, in all age groups, to ensure that the Continental Aspire Soccer philosophy and values are instilled in every player. We want all our players to be a more confident and independent player with the right mentality on and off the pitch.
8. WHO ARE MY MAIN POINTS OF CONTACT?
Once your child is selected to play in our Development centre, you will be provided with the contact details of the Head of Recruitment, Education Child Welfare officer and local coaches.
Additionally, you will be invited to a parent’s night, where you can meet us in person and go through all our child welfare and safeguarding policies.
We also hold quarterly parents and coaches review nights, but we don’t cover these questions outside of this period. Each Satellite Development Centre will answer questions via our head of recruitment or child welfare team who will be on-site at designated times.
9. CAN I CLAIM REFUND IF I HAVE TO CANCEL MY REGISTRATION?
Refunds will only be considered within the initial 14 days of registration but we can reschedule if there is availability for your program within the 12 month period.
We don’t offer refunds for 1 Talent Identification Days but we will organise a different date at no extra charge.
When you register please carefully review the terms and conditions form. If you have further questions, please email us on [email protected]
10. DO I NEED PERMISSION FROM MY CLUB TO COME TO THE CONTINENTAL ASPIRE SOCCER FOR A TRIAL?
You should check the FIFA rules and regulations for your country but if you are with an amateur club you would need to have their permission.
If you were a professional or are currently a professional and are still contracted to a club, you will need to supply your health insurance. Please note that the Continental Aspire Soccer will not be responsible for supplying health insurance.
If it applies you will also need international clearance from the national association that holds your registration. (Please allow up to 6 weeks for this process.)
11. DO I NEED A VISA TO ATTEND A CONTINENTAL ASPIRE SOCCER TRIAL?
You will need to check your countries rules for travelling abroad. We can provide help in this area but it is an extra cost unless you have been selected for our full-time academy.
12. WHAT DOCUMENTATION DO I NEED IN ORDER TO ATTEND THE TRIAL?
You will need to provide your own travel insurance, visa, and passport. If you are under 18, your parents will also be required to provide a copy of their I.D and complete your registration. Without these documents, we won’t be able to process you as a player.
13. WHO PICKS & DROPS OFF MY CHILD WHEN ATTENDING A 6 DAY INTERNATIONAL/NATIONAL TALENT IDENTIFICATION CAMP IN EUROPE OR NORTH AMERICA?
We only provide airport transfers to the training facilities and then back to the airport. For anything other than this, we suggest you check with the airline you use to assist your child in arriving safely. Our child welfare team at the Continental Aspire Soccer will be at the airport for departure and arrival. If you have any questions about the welfare of your child, do get in touch at [email protected]
14. WHO PICKS & DROPS OFF MY CHILD WHEN ATTENDING A 28 DAY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRIAL IN THE U.K?
We don’t do pickups and drop off due to child protection regulations and insurance reasons. All players must be dropped off by a parent/legal guardian at all times and have photo Identification. We record and document any incidents that occur in their time at the Continental Aspire Soccer for child protection and insurance purposes.
15. WHO PICKS & DROPS OFF MY CHILD WHEN ATTENDING A 1 DAY TALENT IDENTIFICATION DAY IN THE U.K OR NORTH AMERICA
We don’t do pickups and drop off due to child protection regulations. All players must be dropped off by a parent/legal guardian at all times. We record any incidents that occur in their time at the Continental Aspire Soccer for child protection and insurance purposes.
16. WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD IS UNSUCCESSFUL?
If a player is not successful, we will provide feedback and recommend that he comes back in 6 months’ time to try again. For maximum development, we also have development centres in the greater London/Glasgow/Belfast/Manchester/Birmingham areas within the U.K, and Florida, Texas, Georgia, California in North America.
17. WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD WISHES TO RETURN HOME IF THEY ARE FEELING UNHAPPY DUE HOMESICKNESS, ILLNESS OR INJURY?
We have a dedicated child welfare team on hand. For emergencies, contact the academy director in your region.
18. WILL MY CHILD BE SCOUTED AT THE 1 DAY TALENT IDENTIFICATION DAY?
The players are scouted at the later stages of our player pathway development. On the 1-day Talent Identification program, we only see your child for 3 hours. We cover various tests to evaluate the players across various areas, then provide feedback and the next steps for them in the Continental Aspire Soccer player pathway development.
At the Continental Aspire Soccer, we have a range of advanced programs from the 4 weeks Youth Development Phase (Under 12 – Under 16) camp or a Professional Development Phase (Under 17 – Under 23 camp) to the Pro Academy Trial Camp in Continental Europe, or a 3-year scholarship with our academies in Belgium, Germany, Holland, France.
19. DOES MY CHILD NEED A TRAINING KIT OR DO YOU PROVIDE ONE?
We provide an ADIDAS training kit (shirt, shorts, socks, and a training top) for players in the 2 Day Talent Identification onwards or the talent Identification camps for players out of state/city or from another country.
20. CAN I COME AND SUPPORT MY CHILD AS A PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN?
Yes, you can but must remain in the spectators’ area to watch and not interfere with the coaching staff at any point. You will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end.