Carnegie international soccer academy

A partnership between Leeds United F.C. and Leeds Beckett University

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Expert Opinion

There are certain things I did in my career that allowed me to become a professional soccer player. Rising above challenges, recognising small victories, and building my resilience - those three aspects have allowed me to take things in my stride and grow as a person. Once you’re able to do those three things, you’ll be able to rise in any career or path you choose to pursue.

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Develop your skills

Develop your skills alongside your studies in England - the birthplace of soccer. At the Leeds United University Academy we put education at the heart of your experience. You will have the opportunity to enhance your ability as a soccer player while also studying at one of the most popular universities in the UK.

You will receive world-class coaching thanks to our partnership with Premier League Club Leeds United - three times champions of England and winners of the 2020 English Football League Championship.

The University Academy - which runs men’s and women’s teams - offers a range of Bachelors and Masters degrees across Business and Sports, making sure that you graduate with greater opportunities on and off the soccer field. 

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About Leeds United F.C.

Formed in 1919, Leeds United is one of the best supported and most famous teams in England.

From former players like James Milner and Rio Ferdinand, to opposition stars such as Steven Gerrard and Ronaldo, the team’s Elland Road stadium has hosted some of the biggest names in world soccer.

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  1. Minimum 15 hours soccer activity a week, modelled on Premier League coaching, training and philosophy

  2. Training delivered by elite, UEFA licenced coaches from Premier League club Leeds United

  3. Guest coaches, such as former Leeds United and Nigeria International Enoch Showumni

  4. Full soccer season with multiple games, running from September to April

  5. Leeds United training wear, match kit, and bag

  6. Potential to join the Leeds Beckett University Soccer programme and take part in BUCS - the equivalent of the NCAA in the USA

  7. Showcase fixtures arranged through Leeds United Football Club

  8. Mentoring, support and pastoral advice for all players and Player Development Evaluations throughout the programme


Footballer looking at the ball in mid-air, about to control it
Player in a Leeds United kit dribbling the ball forward
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Multiple footballers high-fiving
Squad of footballers, in bibs, running through an exercise
Player in a Leeds United kit passing
Player in a Leeds United kit dribbling forward
Players in Leeds United kits running in training with bibs on