NEW DREAMS IN THE MAKING
Over the last year, Aspire coaches, staff and more than 4,000 volunteers assessed 400,000 13-year-old football players on approximately 650 football fields in 14 countries to pick the best players for the Football Dreams team.
After flying in from all over the African continent to Senegal Academy, the boys met with their new teammates and spent the week training before taking to the pitch in two matches against Spanish youth team, RCD Espanyol. Coaches had the opportunity to assess each of the players on the field as they worked together to defeat RCD Espanyol 1-0 in the first match, and held them off during the final match nil-nil draw. Those selected to enter the Academy this year will be flown to Barcelona to play against FC Barcelona's youth team.