Programs + Grading

We believe that players will develop their football skills and gain more enjoyment and value out of our program if they are training with others of similar ability, whether they are a beginner, intermediate or advanced player. As a player’s age does not equal ability, all players from U6 to U16 will be graded before they are placed in one of our academy groups of which we have positions for players of all levels. Not only does this allow players who are new to the game or whose skills are yet to develop have more involvement in sessions and small-sided games (and more touches of the ball) but it will allow them to improve their ball skills and build confidence. On the other hand, players with more advanced skills will find playing with and against others of similar ability more challenging and enjoyable making sure they get the most out of each academy session.

In short: Caravella Football Academy is for any player with aspirations to develop their skills in a professional, inclusive environment.

For our 2020 Schedule, go here.

Our grading processis simple

Before each enrolment – pre or mid-term – Zenon and his coaches will conduct grading sessions based on the following criteria as per their age group:

  • Ball control – dribbling, passing and receiving
  • Defending and tackling
  • Physical – speed, fitness, balance, strength and endurance
  • Game awareness – positioning, information sharing to other team members,
  • Vision
  • Attitude – drive, confidence, determination, responsibility, sportsmanship, responsive

It’s important to note that grading sessions, particularly for players just starting out in the game, are not in any way high-pressure. Grading is completed in an environment that encourages enjoyment of the session. The criteria is a general guideline when assessing a player’s skills, particularly for advanced players.

The grading outcomeis always to benefit the player

Our ultimate goal when grading players is to ensure they are placed in the squad that is best suited to their level. We understand that certain players have friends they want to train with but this may not always be possible if the squad is not right for them at that time.

Rest assured however that our coaches are experienced, honest and fair. Their decision will not only benefit the player in question, but the group they train with.

The great news is though, that once a player is graded, his/her allocated squad is not set in stone. Players can move up with improvement as their development progresses – sometimes this can take a term, or even a few weeks!

Squad SelectionMaximises potential


Caravella Beginners – The perfect introduction to Academy training, this program is tailor-made for the newest of footballers ager 5-7, covering all the basic fundamental skills required for Saturday football.

Development – For players that have played the game but are still developing fundamental skills

Intermediate – For players that have sound fundamental skills and are competent footballers for their age.

Advanced – For players who are advanced for their age group.

High PerformanceOur signature 40 week elite player program combining advanced football training and football specific strength and conditioning. For players aged 8-16.

Player monitoring To ensure players are challenged

Players are always monitored for potential progression to a higher level squad as it’s important to ensure players are always challenged. By the same token, if a player is finding exercises within their squad difficult, we assess a move to a squad that is more suitable for them. Ultimately, a player will always develop at his/her maximum if they are in a squad that is right for them.

Our academy aims to build confidence while maximising potential.

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