Valeo International Academy is the leading full-time futebol residency program that identifies, develops, and prepares elite youth players for excellence in professional and international football.
Training. Competition. Development. Excellence.
VIA provides opportunities, access, and development pathways for young players that have aspirations of playing and competing in European Football. The Academy develops elite players by providing a progressive and professional environment that boasts the very best in training, competition, academics, and facilities.
Valeo International offers a training environment that is unmatched. The Academy’s goal is focused purely on individual player development and boasts an innovative curriculum that develops each player:
- Skill/ Technique
- Tactical intelligence
- Mental toughness
- Leadership attributes
While in residence, athletes will train 4x weekly with both Valeo Futebol Club Nazare, in addition to other local clubs and academies. Valeo Futebol Nazare currently plays out of the Miniciapk Stadium and compete in the Associação de Futebol de Leiria (AFL).
Valeo International Academy is based at the Rio Maior High-Performance Centre, a chaperoned, state-of-the-art athletic training facility located in Rio Maior, Portugal.
The facility is one of the most modern and versatile sports complexes in Europe. The Performance Center caters to the most demanding footballers, clubs, and teams. It is the home of the Portuguese Football Federation and where they prepare their football, futsal, and beach soccer teams for the European and World Championships.
The Training Center facilities include:
- 7,300 Seat Stadium
- 2 Natural Grass Pitch
- 2 Synthetic Turf Pitches
2 Strength training rooms and state of the art Performance Lab
Academic life is of utmost importance. VIA has partnered with several accredited academic institutions that provide both in-person to online classes. All programs enable VIA students to earn a college degree while they pursue their European footballing dreams. VIA has partnered with the following education institutions:
- Rio Maior School of Sport Sciences (Escola Superior de Desporto de Rio Maior)
- DUET/ University of Southern New Hampshire
- Laurel Springs Academy
Valeo International Academy recognizes the power of soccer to bring together communities large and small around the globe together. Providing an immersive cultural experience for students in communities vastly different from their own, VIA empowers its students to connect with locals and fully embrace the Portuguese and European culture. The program’s goal is to provide opportunities for players to experience Portuguese and European cultures and different approaches to the game. This includes weekly excursions to:
- Historical places
- Football matches
Valeo International’s staff consists of passionate, dedicated, UEFA-licensed coaches with decades of experience working with some of the top clubs and training academies in Europe. The staff’s only goal is to work with each and every player to help them reach their potential and accomplish their footballing dreams.
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FAQ's About Valeo Europe
Valeo Europe offers multiple programs suitable for children, teenagers and adults. The academic program is offered for high schoolers only. Please contact us for more information.