MFA FOOTBALL ACADEMY
The boys’ Academy, comprising those born in 1998, is made up of a group of 25 boys who attend training three times a week under the supervision of coaches Anthony Garzia and Wayne Attard, with Etienne Mecieca as goalkeepers’ coach and Mark Buttigieg physical preparator.
The MFA has appointed ex-Inter and Parma youths coach SERGIO SOLDANO as Youth Development Officer whose work is to co-ordinate the development of young footballers selected to form part of this academy. This selection was done after assiduous scouting.
Since December 2011 these academy boys have been proceeding to the MFA Technical Centre every Wednesday straight from school. They have lunch together with their Coaches. From time to time different speakers give them lectures on several themes. The MFA Sports psychologist, Adele Muscat, also attends these Wednesday sessions.
A slot in the timetable is allotted for homework and study time. After a coffee/tea break the boys go for their training sessions at approximately 6.45 pm, after which they are collected by their parents at about 8.30 pm.
Season 2013/4 will see these boys move to the Under 16 National Team, who have in programme the Uefa U16 Development Tournament in Liechtenstein 21-25 April 2014, and the Malta U16 International Tournament in Malta. These are intended to widen their experience on the field of play for the Uefa Under 16 Qualification Tournament which will take place in September/October 2014.
As from October 2014, boys born 1999 will be called at the Ta MFA Training Grounds for trials for a final squad selection of 25 boys.
This extra effort by the Technical Centre is meant to provide future national teams with players who would have already enjoyed a professional experience which can be extended in future years with our national teams’ set-up.
The MFA Football Academy for girls was set up in January 2011 with two different age groups, the Under 13 and Under 15.
The Under 13academy is under the charge of coach Dorianne Theuma (UEFA B Coach) and her assistant, Melania Bajada (Natioinal C Coach) both national team players.
Training sessions are held once a week between 5.45 and 7.00 pm at the MFA training grounds.
Currently the group comprises 30 talented girls aged from 9 to 12 years.
The Under 15/16 Academy is coached by Mark Gatt (Uefa B coach) assisted by Dionne Tonna and Kathleen Saliba (Both National C coaches). At present there are 18 girls in this group and their training sessions are on Thursdays from 5.45 to 7.00 pm, also at the association’s training grounds at Ta’ Qali.
Goalkeeper training is also catered for, with Roger Camilleri and Michelle Zahra, who also form part of the national team, conducting this training.
National team coach Pierre Brincat and his assistant Mark Gatt oversee the training of these two academies.