A path to professional European Academies
Two of Field Art's Academy players recently trained in Poland with Legia Warsaw's famed professional academy. As a club that features in the UEFA Champion's League, Legia is one of the most successful Polish football clubs in history winning 13 Ekstraklasa Champions titles, a record 19 Polish Cup trophies and four Polish SuperCup matches. This Spring, siblings Rafael and Leo Nicalo had the opportunity to train for several weeks in Legia's youth academy.
“The focus and intensity of youth players in Europe is at a completely different level than in Canada”
Although the brothers have been playing since they could walk and have played in a Spanish tournament, the level of intensity and competition they experienced in Warsaw was impressive. One of them remarked that on the first day of training he wondered if the players he had just been in the locker room with were the same ones on the training pitch. 'They almost seemed like different people, joking around when I met them, but as soon as we stepped on the pitch, they were focused and super competitive,' he explained.
The joy of competing
This level of intensity is what Coach Otto experienced as a child in Morocco and in his youth academy days in France before playing professionally. Field Art aims to provide a high level of competition both here in Canada and through international challenges. Field Art players, as seen with these brothers, have the opportunity to play at the highest levels of the game, in both international tournaments and training trials.