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Learn More About Who We Are

European Football Academy is an youth soccer program. Our founders are from Europe and have added the European soccer philosophy to the coaching and development. Our curriculum is designed around developing youth soccer players technical ball skills, game awareness, movement on and off the ball, game speed and improve the decision making on the ball.


Our goal is to challenge our players to maximize their potential and to develop them to be the best they can be.

We create age/level appropriate curriculum in a competitive but fun environment and develop players over a period of time in a culture that holds high standards and core values.

Meet our European Football Academy founders

Joel Hawes


Joel Hawes is the co founder of European Football Academy. Joel has 26 years of experience in the game of soccer from all around the globe. Joel is an ex Semi professional soccer player who played at  a very competitive level in his home land in England, Uk. He then spent time playing overseas in Australia and America. Joel has 8 years coaching experiences again from England and USA. Joel's a wealth of experience from working with beginners to working with some of the best kids in the country at a younger age group. Joel currently coaches at the Pateadores Academy working with the U13 and U14 age groups which play at the highest level of youth soccer nationwide.

"Our goal is to develop youth soccer players to maximize their potential. Our indoor training provides a platform for the players the be challenged and become excellent in tight areas and small spaces with technical excellence and to think quicker on and off the ball to become the complete player"


Graeme Jennings

Co founder

Graeme Jennings is our Co founder with a big reputation in Southern California for developing youth soccer players at the highest level.

Graeme also has a high level of experience from his home country of England and with the combination of European and U.S experiences E.F.A hope to bring both sides of that knowledge to educate and develop the youth of Southern California. Graeme has experience being the top coach in the younger ages for  LA Galaxy OC, Liverpool So Cal Academy and was also the boys director. Greame has just started a new role as Academy Director and head coach for Pateadores Pre Academy U12 and U13 teams.

Quite from Greame Jennings

"My objective is to provide sessions that maximize touches on the ball in a competitive individual and team environment. Therefore giving players the opportunity to learn the game while developing their individual skills, teamwork and passion.

Every player should aim high to become fundamentally sound using both feet when touching or striking the ball (control, dribbling, passing and shooting). The ability to motivate yourself each time to practice at a game like quality is crucial to development and success."

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Schedule a Session

14522 Myford Rd
Irvine, CA 92606
United States

+1 (949) 299 8693

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