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India U-20 striker Kajol Dsouza, secures full scholarship to join the LaLiga Academy in Spain

Kajol becomes one of 20 young players from across the globe to be admitted into the FC Futures program on a full scholarship from EA Sports & LaLiga

India U-20 striker Kajol Dsouza, secures full scholarship to join the LaLiga Academy in Spain

Kajol Dsouza


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 20 Sep 2023 7:32 AM GMT

Kajol Dsouza, a rising star in Indian football, has achieved a significant milestone as part of EA Sports' FC Futures initiative, which focuses on nurturing a global football community and advancing women’s football. With her exceptional talent and dedication, Kajol has earned a prestigious full scholarship to join the renowned LaLiga Academy in Madrid, marking a momentous achievement in her young career.

Evaluated by the LaLiga Sports Project department, the international high-performance football program at the ESC LaLiga & NBA Center will host 80 players across 40 different nations, doubling from the 36 players across 24 nations in the previous year. Having passed the admission process which analyzes areas of technical, tactical, physical, psychological, sporting & academic records, Kajol will study in Madrid from 1st September 2023 to 30th June 2024.

Offering players, the opportunity to compete against different Spanish clubs throughout the country and participate in non-federated national & international tournaments, the program will ensure a weekly academic load of 30 hours throughout the program duration. Including all aspects of training, competition, school tuition, medical, and accommodation fees, selected talent will be provided with the best tools and opportunity to succeed in both personal & professional growth.

Kajol Dsouza with the LaLiga academy

A trainee of the LaLiga Football Schools (LLFS), Kajol is a member of the LLFS center in Pune and has also represented India at the historic FIFA Under -17 Women’s World Cup. Launched in 2018 as a joint project by LaLiga and India on Track, the LaLiga Football Schools initiative helps in the development of the game in India through LaLiga methodology & technical knowledge of the game.

Speaking about her acceptance into the program, Kajol Dsouza said: “I’m thrilled and grateful to have been given this opportunity by LALIGA. To represent India at the LaLiga Academy in Spain is a moment of great humility for me and my family and I wish to thank LaLiga Football Schools for the foundation that has enabled me to reach here. My goal is to soak and learn the game from the best minds in football & continue to bring more attention to women’s football in India.”

Francisco Javier Hernández, head of the LaLiga Academy, points out: "We are very satisfied with the success of the LaLiga Academy programs: this season we will have twice as many teams and twice as many players than last year, which shows that there are many athletes who see this program as the best opportunity for sporting and personal growth. The fact of being able to open the first women's soccer team is also a milestone in the program, which we hope will continue to help promote women's grassroots soccer globally”.

Juan Florit, head of LaLiga Sports Projects, highlighted: “All of the LaLiga Academy coaches have been selected and trained specifically for this project through an exhaustive and rigorous process. From day one, the four teams will train under the LaLiga Methodology, whose main guidelines and fundamentals represent the work models of the LaLiga EA Sports and LaLiga Hypermotion clubs' own youth academies, major international benchmarks. Pillars such as the integral development of the player, the improvement and individual optimization of performance or the cognitive capacity and comprehension of the game will be the focus of the training process, directed in each team by a coach, an assistant coach, a physical trainer, a goalkeeping coach and an analyst; all with the ultimate goal of offering the player all the necessary tools to reach their maximum potential, both on and off the pitch.”

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