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Earlier this month we announced that we would be travelling around the world to visit International Football Academies in order to build relationships, share knowledge and recruit players for our new International Academy.

Our first trip following the ease of International travel restrictions saw Football Development Manager Ben Watts head to Lithuania.

A whirlwind trip saw Ben deliver a coaching session at the Baltijos Football Academy (BFA) on his first morning before taking a trip to FK Riteriai (FKR), a senior side within the top division of Lithuanian League Football.

The morning coaching session was a technical based practice delivered outside on the 4G pitch which focussed on playing forward in as many combinations as possible. This led nicely into a 9v6 game with all players able to show their quality on the ball. Following the session players were given a de-brief and the opportunity to feedback and analyse their own game.

BFA AcademyAfter some media duties and a lunch break Ben spent the afternoon with Tadas Simaitis, Sporting Director at FK Riteriai. Both were keen to explore opportunities for Soccer Assist Academy players as well as FKR players.

The evening was then spent watching the BFA senior team train in their Dome alongside their owner.

As we continue to grow the Soccer Assist Academy and take more International players onboard, this trip was a huge success as important discussions were held around player and coaching exchanges as well as holiday camp training sessions.

Keep posted on developments here as well as an announcement on our next International trip.

If you are an Academy that would like to request a visit and/or coaching session from the Soccer Assist Academy then get in touch via email: [email protected]

If you would like to find out more about our International Football Courses available then visit 

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