Bigger, better and stronger. Annandale United Football Club (AUFC) and top LaLiga team, Villarreal CF, have announced the formation of a joint venture youth soccer club, the Villarreal Virginia Academy.
The new club will be based in Annandale, VA. Annandale United FC will be renaming its youth teams as Villarreal Virginia. Villarreal CF is providing coaching and technical advisory from Spain, kit branding, and college and professional pathway exposure to the new club.
With immediate effect, Villarreal will be sending coaches to work with its Virginia players who will be exposed directly to the LaLiga style of soccer. The new club is the first such venture of its sort in the United States and is Villarreal’s first entry into the American soccer market. Villarreal Virginia (VIVA) programs are offered for players of all ages and abilities.
As part of the curriculum, VIVA players will be encouraged to watch and learn from LaLiga, and other European soccer club matches, with interactive direction and instruction from Villarreal CF coaching directors. Club players will have access to exclusive experiences in Spain, where they can attend live professional matches at the ‘Estadio de la Ceramica’, Villarreal’s 25,000 capacity soccer stadium and meet LaLiga star players.
For players with outstanding attitude, behavior and ability, there is a unique opportunity to be invited to visit the ‘Ciudad Deportiva’, Villarreal’s training centre in Spain, to experience elite training and tryout with one of the best youth academies in the world. Its current LaLiga first team roster is formed by over 10 players who have come up the ranks of its academy system.
This partnership represents a huge step for Villarreal Virginia where the ultimate goal is always the improvement of the players, both from a soccer skill perspective and a personal development.