Brazil Football Academy

Soccer Academy Overview

EduKick is proud to partner with Armandinho Skills and the famous Brazilian Cruzeiro Esporte Clube to ensure that participating players have "the Portuguese language & culture football experience of a lifetime!" EduKick believe that living, studying and training in a foreign country is an invaluable experience that a player will never forget and the benefits of such an experience will be embedded positively into that individual for the rest of his or her life.

Overview Belo Horizonte Brazil
Overview Belo Horizonte Brazil

EduKick Brazil staff are keenly aware of the challenges that our Academy presents to our players so are fully committed to the overall education of each individual through our football development and language immersion program. Living, playing football and studying in Brazil as a teenager or young adult represents an enormous challenge for both the participant and the educators. From the participant's; courage, effort and character is required to succeed. From the EduKick Brazil football staff, it demands creativity, professional guidance, supervision, mentorship and expertise in order to provide the required level of service to our young players.


Belo Horizonte is the capital and largest city in the state of Minas Gerais, located in the south eastern region of Brazil. It is the third largest metropolitan area in the country. Belo Horizonte has a population of 2,475,440 inhabitants in the city and a total of 5,497,922 inhabitants in the official metropolitan area.

EduKick participants are accommodated, educated and train at the professional club Cruzeiro EC “Toca da Raposa 1” training facility.

Location Belo Horizonte Brazil

It is a magnificent training complex located on 90,000 square meters of land that comprises of the following facilities: 4 full size FIFA training fields, 1 mini (Futvolei) field – used for technical skills training, Dressing rooms - attached to the training fields for players, changing rooms - used by coaches and referees, Main administration building, Outdoor swimming pool, Gym/fitness center, Medical department - including dental and nutrition, Library, Cafeteria, Auditorium and Video room, Dormitory accommodation for local Brazilian players, Hotel style accommodation for international student players and onsite Portuguese speaking Elementary and middle school.


All EduKick students are accommodated at the Hotel inside the Cruzeiro Youth Academy training complex specially designed for international student players. Each student and his allocated roommate will share a double room and receive all meals in the academy cafeteria.

Location Belo Horizonte Brazil

The residence hotel contains a common lounge with a computer but Wi-Fi is available throughout for those that want to bring their laptop computers. There is also a large TV room. Each room consists of: 2 single beds, 2 closets (for clothes storage), a TV, bathroom with shower and toilet with wash basin.

All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner & evening snack) are prepared and eaten in the training complex cafeteria.


Program participants are obliged to attend Portuguese language classes that take place at the training centre 2 evenings per week. Instruction is provided by local native accredited teachers. These lessons will help participants with their on field communication as well as any of their High School classes should they be attending High School.

The Rui Barbosa State School Middle/High School is located onsite at the Academy and is certified by the Brazilian Board of Education. The curriculum is specially designed to allow the players to participate in all football activities. The classes begin at 6.00pm and end at each day.

Location Belo Horizonte Brazil

Participants should demonstrate an intermediate level in communicative Portuguese in order to succeed in their High School academics. At least 200 hours of Language study proficiency is required to be accepted to the High School program. Where necessary students attending the High School who require extra assistance outside of the School evening hours will be able to study with a private tutor at certain times throughout the day when they have free time.

We recommend non Portuguese speaking students who still require High School credit to consider continuing their studies with an online High School from within their own country. Contact us to discuss this option further.

Football Player Safety

EduKick Football Academies distinguishes itself with its commitment to safety, security and supervision.

Located in It is as safe for expatriates as it is for natives. Xenophobia is almost nonexistent throughout Brazil, and Belo Horizonte is not different from that.

Safety, Security, & Supervision

A safe family environment ideal for our players.

"Belo Horizonte" footballers stay in a quiet neighbourhood away from the city hussle but still with an excellent public transport connection to the city centre.

EduKick Football Academies distinguishes itself with its commitment to safety, security and supervision. Football Academies' students have adult monitors/mentors assigned to them as part of the program for continual service, supervision and mentorship. EduKick Football Academies participant events and activities are also carefully monitored and supervised. EduKick Football Academies Program rules and regulations are designed to ensure the safety and security of our soccer player participants (i.e. curfews, permission to exit regulations, etc).

Football Player Security
Football Belo Horizonte Brazil

All football player participants are required to carry personal health insurance. During our technical training sessions we have on-site non-emergency medical trainers and personnel who can provide basic athletic-injury care and support. EduKick Football Academies is committed to establishing an atmosphere that is safe and nurturing for our participants. We believe that after these basic needs are met for both our foreign and domestic student athletes, an environment conducive to learning a new language and football training is made comfortable and effective.

Football Training

Each week participants receive daily training sessions from EduKick Brazil Technical Director Armandinho Manjate and his technical staff. These sessions will be focused on improving individual technique as well as looking at team shape, movement, set plays, defending and attacking and phase of play using examples from matches students have been involved in and the professional game in Brazil.

Football Training
Football Belo Horizonte Brazil

EduKick Brazil Armandinho Skills has a strong partnership with many football clubs throughout Brazil, from grass roots to the professional level. One of these links is with Cruzeiro EC. Each day Monday – Friday the students will also receive coaching sessions by Cruzeiro Youth Academy coaches in addition to the sessions by EduKick Brazil Technical Director Armandinho Manjate and his technical staff. These sessions will expose the students to the highest level of football coaching available in the />
On a regular basis when activity at the Cruzeiro Academy facility allows EduKick participants join together to represent Cruzeiro EC to play matches against other youth Academy teams or visiting international teams.


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Registration Includes


  • Full room & board at local Host Family or Group Residence
  • Professional adult supervision & welfare
  • Communication and reporting
  • Organized activities and excursions
  • Full-time academic program
  • World-class soccer training
  • All necessary soccer facilities & gym access

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Not Included:

  • Return airfare
  • Accommodation between Term 1 and Term 2
  • International student medical/travel insurance

Program Length and Tuition Fees
Brazil Football AcademyHalf Year $21,990.00 USD Year $28,990.00 USDBelo Horizonte: January to MayAirfare not included.



Why Choose EduKick Inc.

The FIRST and the BEST!

Established international football icons such as France National Team Coach Michel Hidalgo, Spain National Team Coach Luis Aragones, Belgian's champions Anderlecht, Standard Liege, and Dutch National Team player Arie Haan, Perugia, Italy's Bruno Redolfi, Barclay's English Premier League's Manchester Football Club, England National Team, AC Milan, Real Madrid player, and MLS champions LA Galaxy's David Beckham, and Colombia Assistant National Team Coach Leonel Alvarez all support EduKick's "Football and Education" philosophy. EIFA - EduKick International Football Academies.

We were the first and are the most experienced privately established Football and Education Academies Company since 2001. Our institutional motto "Football is Education" explains it all. We teach character building using football as the vehicle to teach invaluable life lessons. Here's how to become an EduKick Academy team member.

Communication to Parent and Player

Our parental communication and reporting is a key feature of our participant's success. Parents are constantly updated on their son or daughter's development and progress.

Safety and Supervision

The Safety Leader in International Residential Football & Education Academies

Safety and supervision is our highest priority. We provide a dedicated full-time Welfare Officer who is available to support our participant's needs, care and attention 24 hour day for the duration of their course.

Exposure to professional clubs

Integrity is very important to us at EduKick so we do not promise trials with professional clubs in exchange for simply registering for one of our programs. Our program venues and staff are strategically selected to provide each participant with the exposure needed for them to hopefully obtain a trial with a club. Professional club scouts & youth coaches are often present at EduKick Academy matches, we have unique alignments and affiliations with professional clubs in each of our venues and in some venues all participants are prepared for and entered into well-respected and ethically minded national soccer scouting open trial events approved by us.

Highly structured football training

All of our programs follow a highly structured football training syllabus identical to professional club youth academies. The programs are delivered by highly qualified UEFA professional football coaches with many years of experience working with youth players.

Participant Preparation

We prepare our participants for the demands of Twenty First Century Education in a flexible curriculum that allows daily football training and study to function together. As well as Language immersion study courses we offer British system GCSE & A-Level study, USA Grade 912 High School study and BTEC Diplomas in Sports performance.

Intercultural competence is a key element is selecting our venues.

Intercultural competence is very important to us and a key element in selecting our venues. It is important for us that our participants take away a lot more than just football development and education. We educate our participants to have empathy and an understanding of the behaviors and thinking of the people of their host country so we encourage them to become part of the local community and to immerse themselves in the local culture.

Gain a competitive edge

Train with international players. Set yourself apart - learn another language and immerse yourself in another culture while playing football.

Full package of services

We pride ourselves in providing a full package of services inside our tuition fees. We include accommodation; food, local transport, medical insurance, training kit, academics, football training, matches, welfare, supervision and airport pick up/drop off.

Mentorship is key

Mentorship is a key to successful development on and off the pitch so careful consideration is given when selecting our staff. All our staff are excellent role models sharing their experiences with our participants. Our staff build relationships with our participants based upon trust and act as great sounding boards and provide a new perspective to our participants when they feel it is necessary.