Elite Training Camps

Football specialization - Summer 2017

Elite Training Camps is a program developed by Sport Lisboa e Benfica for youngsters born between 1998 and 2004 which seeks to develop and improve their sporting performance.
Sport Lisboa e Benfica will put at the participants disposal the knowledge and programs that made it a world reference in the elite training of young athletes.


The methodology applied in the Elite Training Camps will be the same that SL Benfica uses in the training of its athletes, and which guarantees the sustainability of its professional squads. Through specific training that Sport Lisboa e Benfica will provide, you will be able to develop your technical, tactical, physical and psychological skills. Aspects like, running technique, relationship with the ball, tactical circulation and attacking and defensive game principles will be worked on a daily basis in both individual and collective contexts.

The training schedules will have a duration of 5 hours per day, for 7, 14 or 21 days, and will be developed by SL Benfica’s coaches, accredited by the Federação Portuguesa de Futebol (FPF) and UEFA. There will be 3 categories (U14 to U19), each having specific technical-tactical training. In addition, you will also have the possibility of being observed and evaluated by Sport Lisboa e Benfica’s Technical and Scouting Departments.


Accredited by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) and UEFA, the SL Benfica coaches are decisive elements in the development of the Club’s young athletes. It will be them following your evolution during Elite Training Camps. The technical director in charge will be João Santos:

  • UEFA PRO License;
  • Master’s Degree in Physical Education and Sport Sciences;
  • UEFA Study Group;
  • Technical Director of Sport Lisboa e Benfica’s Youth Academy since 2010;
  • Coach of the Portuguese Under-15 National Team between 2006 and 2009;
  • Coach of Sport Lisboa e Benfica’s B Team between 2004 and 2006;

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