Top Football Academies in India

Dushyant Vanaik updated on : 10 Nov 2017

Let’s Football! Aspiring footballers must check out these top football academies in India.

Top Football Academies in India – After the grand success of FIFA U-17 World Cup held in India, and the fourth season of Indian Super League round the corner, football is currently booming in India. Even though cricket is more popular in India, there is a major chunk of the population which is football frenzy.

While there are thousands of aspiring footballers in India, time and again we have seen talented footballers failing to reach and achieve at the highest levels of the global game of football. So, where do we lack? While there is no shortage of talent in the country, this is more due to the lack of a sound youth development system.

However, in the last decade, the game has gained immense popularity in India, leading to more football tournaments being organised across the country, as well as new academies being opened. These academies have given aspiring football talents the right direction, training and facilities to achieve success at the highest level. For all those football fanatics who wish to pursue football as a career or those who need the right direction and approach to better their game, have a look at some of the top football academies in India.

Top Football Academies in India

  • Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (BBFS)
  • TATA Football Academy (TFA)
  • Premier Indian Football Academy (PIFA)
  • Kolkata Football Academy (KFA)

Bhaichung Bhutia Football Academy (BBFS)

Set up by Bhaichung Bhutia, India’s longest-serving football captain, BBFS was started to provide talented footballers with a world-class platform wherein they can hone their skills and talent under the right guidance. They at BBFS believe that no talented kid must be deprived of the best coaching facilities due to monetary issues. There are a total of 25 centres of BBFS, 10 of which are located in Delhi/NCR, 9 in Bangalore, 4 in Chandigarh, 2 in Mumbai and 1 in Dehradun.

Managing Director – Bhaichung Bhutia

Contact Information:

Address – Visit official website

Phone Number –

  • Delhi/NCR & Rest of India: +91-9582008744
  • Mumbai: +91-9582008744
  • Bengaluru: +91-9620744677
  • Chandigarh: +91-9582008744
  • Dehradun: +91-8447807996

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TATA Football Academy (TFA)

The TATA Football Academy, a vision of Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, was established in the year 1987. The primary objective of the academy is to feed the mainstream of national football with an excellent pool of young footballers trained, skilled and oriented to international standards. TFA’s strategy is to 'Catch Them Young' and provide them with the best of training with modern techniques, tactics and related inputs.

There are various facilities within the 25000 square feet academy like a 100x65 metre floodlit playground, a swimming pool, recreational rooms, a gymnasium, and rooms for physiotherapy and fitness monitoring among many other.

Coaches – Akshay Das, Amey Kolekar

Contact Information:

Address - Tata Football Academy, Inner Circle Road, Bistupur, Jamshedpur 831001, Jharkhand – India

Phone and Fax - 2221736, 2142137

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Premier Indian Football Academy (PIFA)

The Premier Indian Football Academy was established in 2002 by Nirvan Shah and Anjali Shah. PIFA has set certain objectives in order to improve the standard of football in the country. PIFA wants to expose children to the latest training methods in order to produce technically excellent and innovative players, having exceptional decision-making skills. Their goal is to see India play in the 2026 World Cup.

PIFA has tied up with the best youth academy football schools across the world like the Madrid Fundacion, AC Milan Team Camp, H8S - Barcelona, BCSSA, Cruziero EC, Coaching Connexions and Rangers Soccer School.

PIFA has 11 centres across Mumbai City - Colaba (Youth Team), Churchgate (Men’s team), Worli, Bandra (Toddler), Milan Subway (Advance), Parel (Advance), Santa Cruz (Elite), Mahalaxmi (Elite), Bandra 1 (Advance), Bandra 2 and Chembur.

Contact Information:

Phone Number - +91-022-3378-9013

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Kolkata Football Academy (KFA)

The Kolkata Football Academy of KFA as it is popularly known is one of the premier football academies in India. With a state-of-the-art infrastructure, experienced national and international level coaches, excellent ambience, KFA remains the first desire of all budding footballers. There are multiple levels at which aspiring footballers can get selected such as the Under-14 level, Under-17 level and the Under-19 level. They get the opportunities to participate in All India tournaments as well as the Indian Super League (ISL).

The academy also provides various facilities like air-conditioned accommodation for residential programs, canteen, in-house academic coaching, in-house physiotherapist, medical facilities, gymnasium, swimming pool, and transportation among others.

Chief Coach – Nazimul Haque

Contact Information:

Registered Office - 314, Diamond Arcade, 68 Jessore Road, Kolkata 700055, India

Residential Facility - New Town, Dhalipara, Landmark: Panasia Hotel, Kolkata 700102, India

Home Grounds - Newtown Football Stadium, Behind Newtown Bus Stand, Kolkata 700102, India

Phone Number - +91-33-6512-6512

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