Our only purpose is to grow the passion for football.
Founded in 2015 by a group of Latin-American professional football (soccer) and futsal coaches.
We endeavor to provide pathways and opportunities for all children and their parents in our academy to be physically active and become a part of our community. Beside skills development, SAFA helps children learn important life values about teamwork, leadership and discipline.
We bring Latin-American football style to Chinese and foreigners in Beijing.
To teach South Amercian football to the Chinese and international community with a very particular style and characteristic, forming integral players in the sports and in the human aspect.
To be recognized by the Chinese and the international community as a prestigious sports training center showing the high quality of South American football and teaching style.
To teach children and young adults to play the South American style of football.
Social Objectives Bring the Chinese and Latin American cultures closer through the sport of football and social sports activities.
Specific Objectives Introduce a proper teaching style that allows players to form characteristics of South American game play. Contribute to the training of beginner players to the technically advanced stages of the game.
Strategic Objectives Expand the South American style of football teaching in several areas of Beijing and subsequently to other cities of China.
SAFA method In our Academy, training and education constitute an inseparable unity in the training process. Our method during the training process is based on the scientific principles, especially the pedagogical ones, of the sportive perfection until achieving maximum performances, acting in a planned and systematically way on the capacity of the performance and the disposition of the young athletes.
Some methods we describe them as:
Application of scientifically conducted studies, physical, anthropometric and functional tests, statistical analysis of performances and capabilities, etc.
Use of the new school of knowledge, in which the coach becomes a guide, who teaches to discover, who leads, who motivates, who shows and exploits creativity.
Teaching in the field of technique and game, fundamentals for the achievement of the psycho-motor experience, development of skills, and improvement of techniques.
The work of tactical analysis, the theory of game perfection, analysis of audiovisual material, everything must be explained, understood and internalized, the young person must understand the game and be totally clear of the meaning of his practical training. Work with a goal -
The taking of individual and collective video samples, the use of technological programs for statistical planning and analysis, it is about using technology in favor of the athlete.
Our South American football style development school is run by certified, enthusiastic, and passionate coaches with a long career as high performance athletes and extensive experience in teaching and developing young athletes.
The S.A.F.A. staff is distinguished by human and professional quality, commitment, discipline, passion, and joy. Their extensive knowledge of the game allows our coaches to recognize the unique needs of players, which leads them to identify and use the most effective coaching methods to help develop players' skills.
"SAFA is very professional and after having my boys in many soccer schools in Beijing before I must say that SAFA is the best one! Professional coaches and with lots of knowledge of soccer and pedagogy with the kids. That’s hard to find in China!"
- Juliana, S.A.F.A. parent -
General Director and Co-founder
Retired from professional soccer in Venezuela after playing several seasons, Armando is certified as a coach by the Venezuelan Football Federation and by the National Futsal Coaches Association (Spain). He is a graduate of Beijing Sport University with a degree in Sports Organization Administration.
Sport Director and Coach
An ex-professional football player, Javier holds a CONMEBOL B Coaching License. He had a 9 years successful career as a pro player and has been coaching football for the last 5 years.
A graduated from Beijing Sports University with the title of Sports Psychologist, Nancy has a vast experience in the sports Industry of Beijing that allows her to perform the administrative work excellently.
Argentinian professional football coach with UEFA “Pro” Football coaching license and UEFA “A” Goalkeeper coaching license, certified by the Spanish FA. Diego has 10 years of experience working with kids and adults in 4 different countries (Spain, Italy, Argentina and China). Passionate and full of knowledge and energy, Diego is one of the best asset of our academy.
Futsal coach certified by the National Association of Futsal Coaches (Spain), Vincent has had a great experience as a player in this sport, representing different prestigious national teams in Venezuela.