Welcome to the

Virtual Academy

What is the Virtual Academy?

There are five main influences that help a young player reach his or her full potential:

  1. Household, parent and family
  2. Playing on your own
  3. Pick-up games
  4. Structured club training
  5. Personal training

Our club aims to provide our players with all five aspects.

The Virtual Academy supplements a player’s existing team training days and specializes in the three bolded areas above—areas often misunderstood or not given the necessary attention during a young player's development.

The Virtual Academy provides players and families invaluable ideas and environments created by our club's professional coaching staff which will maximize the player's comfort, strength and balance on the ball.

Players are given instructional videos and real-time feedback from an Arsenal coach on over 50 different skills and sequences.

This program teaches players how to train on their own and then holds them accountable for their development on and off the ball.

Most importantly, each player is able to train at his or her own pace until they feel comfortable with each movement.

Joining the Virtual Academy is free:

Enroll

Complete the sign-up form to receive your Arsenal FC of Pittsburgh login information.

Download the App

Our Virtual Academy is hosted through Google Classrooms on iOS and Android.

Begin Training

Log in using your new Arsenal account and begin training at your own pace.

Our Approach

Our club believes that while all practice is important, it is the quality of practice that is most influential in shaping outcomes.

To this end, we follow a methodology known as deep practice.

In the Virtual Academy, each player trains at his or her own speed. The evaluation and feedback process follows these easy steps:

Observe

Each skill includes instructions on how it is properly executed.

Train

Practice the skill, then upload your best effort for evaluation.

Chat

An Arsenal coach will provide you specific feedback.

Improve

Continue training to see your technique improve!

If a player needs extra time on a skill or is not satisfied with their score, they are able to continue training it and re-submit a video. A coach will provide feedback for up to three videos per skill.

More training content can be found at our Digital Training Ground.

Already enrolled?

The Virtual Academy is designed for each player to progress at his or her own speed.

Make your training schedule as rigorous or as casual as you prefer.

Start your journey now.

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