About IFA

IFA Sport is the largest grass roots football business in the UAE.
Believe In Sport for All

  • 70% More Players

    We train atleast 70% more people than the next biggest football academy in UAE

  • 90% More Locations

    We operate from nearly double the locations than the next biggest football academy in UAE

  • 85% Return Players

    Most of people who play with us, do return to play again with us next year, every year!!

Established in 2004 by sports professionals, IFA Sport is the largest grass roots sports business in the UAE.
We’re a team of over 30 individuals including a management team of football experts and experts in the fields of marketing, operations and finance. The vision is to be the biggest and best sports facilitator in the MENA region, by providing first class coaching services and facilities.
We’ve grown to be the organisation that helps people of all ages who love to play sport, learn grow, compete and win. We coach more children in more places than any other academy in the region. We run and organise leagues for all ages throughout the UAE and manage sports facilities.
The academy currently has over 1,000 participants attending coaching sessions and junior leagues on a weekly basis across, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah it also has over 600 players competing weekly in the Dubai Premier Youth League (DPYL), which was established by IFA in 2009. The IFA also runs adults leagues in Dubai and Abu Dhabi which have over 500 participants.

IFA has opened its own sports facilities, IFA Sports Central and Meadows Football Centre which are fully floodlit, FIFA accredited astro turf surface, located in the Emirates English Speaking School in Jumierah near Safa Park and Emirates International School – The Meadows. These are available for hire to the general public and for corporate events. IFA also manage facilities at Uptown School Mirdif – IFA Mirdif Football Centre comprising of 6 fully floodlit astro turf 7 a side pitches.

IFA has been the football academy of choice for the last three years at Dubai Sports World the largest indoor sporting event in the UAE. During this summer event IFA have coached over 1,000 children and facilitated football activities for over 4,000 adults.

IFA has also run team building events for blue chip companies including Microsoft and General Motors. IFA managed the Barclays School Programme to provide 300 underprivileged children in Dubai the opportunity to be coached for free by English qualified coaches.

In 2006 and 2008 IFA was chosen by “SoccerEx” the world’s leading event provider for the global football industry, to help organise its football festival, a significant part of the 5 day convention. IFA’s scope of work included organizing beach football events, football coaching sessions and 5-a-side games in Mall of Emirates Dubai.


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Sport For All

Inclusive Play

IFA’S philosophy is “Sport for All” meaning that we are inclusive rather than exclusive. Everyone irrespective of age, ethnicity, gender, background or ability is welcome at IFA. Our aim is to develop and motivate individuals to reach their potential and be the best they can be.

Joy of Playing

We at IFA have a passion for sport and our mission is to help more people in the community to learn, improve and play through grass roots sport. Incorporating this with IFA’s own brand of emphasis on fun and enjoyment this makes IFA the most effective and enjoyable sports academy in the UAE.

Playing Environment

Our ultimate aim at IFA is to provide an environment in which members can learn new skills and the positive attributes of a healthy lifestyle whilst developing friendships and social awareness to benefit the community as a whole.

Bringing People Together

The IFA is far more than the UAE’s largest grass roots sport academy and a place for all ages to play. We bring together players, children families and friends so that everyone gets more out of sport.

  • Technical Aptness
  • Value of Team Play
  • Remaining Self-Motivated
  • Long Term Fitness
  • Sharing Success
  • Sharing Credit
  • Mental Toughness
  • Love of the Game


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