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Welcome to the Doha Pearl Football Academy

Doha Pearl Academy with its committed and experienced staff have an environment which is professional, friendly and approachable for players to be treated fairly and receive advice with essential football learning and holistic development.

It is our coaches’ responsibility to develop and deliver feedback for players in a challenging, safe and supportive environment which encourages them to experiment in their own potential and express themselves not only on the pitch but socially and academically. There are firm plans being made to enhance the potential not only for our players to move into the QFA but to have the opportunity for educational developments in sport and if good enough trial opportunities with professional clubs through our scouting contacts in the UK, Europe and the USA.

We Doha Pearl Academy firmly believe football is a journey towards success and this foundation and pathway we have in place allows young players to progress to the first team squad with a holistic approach that will produce young footballers we can all be proud of.

Football Programmes

  • U3 - U6

    Falcons Development

    • Fun and adventure to the entire family, creating memories that last a lifetime.
    • Developing children’s passion and love for the game at this key age.
    • Age specific, development guide for youth football at U3, U4, U5 and U6 levels
    • Program based around the adventures of Faisal the Falcon.
    • Game Development 1 v 1 and 3v3
  • U7 - U10

    Foundation Development

    • Central to our style of play is the creation of diamonds and triangles.
    • The Foundation Programme allows us to embed this from the start. Players will rotate positions, including goalkeeper.
    • Teams look to play out from the back using the goalkeeper and possession the ball with purpose.
    • Players will be encouraged to be confident in 1v1 situations, recognize when to pass and be comfortable receiving the ball.
    • Game Development 5 v 5 and 7 v 7
  • U11 - U15

    Youth Development

    • The number of diamonds/triangles are increased to provide more passing options when in possession.
    • The focus on the central positioned player and their role will allow for more touches on the ball and increased decision making.
    • Fundamental focus is given on ball mastery and technical proficiency in passing, receiving, dribbling and kicking the ball. Basic tactical information is given when in possession and to regain possession.
    • Game Development 7 v 7 and 9 v 9
  • U16 - U19

    Adult Development

    • Player roles have been consistent throughout the process allowing for embedded familiarity.
    • The aim is to dominate the ball in possession progressively through the thirds, be organized in attack, defence and transitions.
    • The system continues to allow position flexibility and movement within shape. Players define tactical and technical attributes in training and game. Ensuring players are prepared technically to carry out the tactical instruction.
    • Game Development 11 v 11
  • U7 - U15

    Girls Only Programme

    • Programs for young women provide a safe and healthy environment for girls to grow as individuals and build the self-confidence and skills necessary for them to succeed in their future endeavours.
    • Girl’s only programs create safe spaces where girls can be themselves, develop resilience, demonstrate their strengths and learn.
    • The girls only programme will be delivered by our UEFA qualified female coaches.
  • U7 - U18

    Goalkeeper Development

    • We provide our goalkeepers with the highest level of professional goalkeeper coaching and expertise.
    • The DSP Goalkeeping Academy will develop our goalkeepers holistically in their natural environment by developing technically, physically and socially.
    • The goalkeeper’s progression when they train in their age groups their tactical components will now be added to give you the complete goalkeeper.
  • U16+

    Pro 1 on 1 Development

    • Team training normally only constitutes a few hours a week and the chance to focus on the individual techniques is scarce thus leaving gaps in the football player’s development.
    • 1on1 time with our expert coaching staff including UEFA A & B Licensed Coaches will be beneficial and for their football development. This will really help address all areas within our 6-week programme.
    • All programmes will be designed age specifically and to the players level to increase player development.
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  • ECAs

    Extra-Curricular Activates

    • Doha Pearl Academy is offering ECA’s at several locations across Qatar. The ECA’s provide a fun learning environment for children of all ages. Our curriculum will run alongside the school term making it accessible to all.
    • We are focused on developing children’s passion and love for the game. Along with this the Academy also offers a safe social environment to help develop your child’s social skills.
    • Games will vary with a healthy mix of football and fun activities built into our programme
    • For more information on our ECA locations & to register you can click below:

Why Doha Pearl Academy?

Academy Staff

We have the only football academy in Doha with a community academy leading to a professional academy opportunity. Led by Academy Manager Ciaran Kelly and his staff supporting the Academy’s vision and plans to take it’s players of all ages and parents on a football journey the way it is meant to be.

Our coaches will ensure your child’s development is in line with the highest recognized standard.

All our coaches are UEFA and AFC qualified delivering sessions planned over terms to ensure pathways are achieved.

Player Pathway

Doha Pearl Academy is unique in Doha, the syllabus and pathway formed take it’s players into the QFA through the established and successful Lusail SC senior team aspiring for professional status in the QFA 2nd division. Our Academy’s essential football learning and holistic development syllabus for youth development will guide your child through discipline, learning, problem solving, fitness, vision, focus, awareness and teamwork to ensure in repeated football scenarios your child's talent potential is pushed through our bespoke player pathway.

Player Pathways are so important because it gives you short term and long term goals in development of individuals, units and teams technically, tactically, physically, mentally and socially.


Lusail SC Are situated in the Al Egla Football facilities, Housing two full size 11 a side pitches and state of the art dressing room and offices. This is the very best football can offer built by Supreme Council to facilitate World Cup training in 2022.

Doha Sports Park situated at the famous Doha Golf Club, this world class sporting facility offers state of the art football pitches in the most idyllic surroundings.

This includes 4 floodlit 11 a side grass pitches, 3 floodlit 5 a side grass cage pitches and 1 floodlit 7 a side grass cage pitch.

Our pitches are maintained to a professional standard to ensure the perfect training environment for your child.

Coaching Ethics

Coaches and parents need to be aware of why children want to play football. They want to learn new skills, make new friends, be part of a group, to win and be successful, experience challenges, excitement and action.

While winning is important, it must be remembered that winning at all costs does not meet the needs of players. Results are not necessarily a good indicator of coaching effectiveness or ability, the improvement level of players and their level of enjoyment is. We develop the person first to then educate the player.

'Talent alone will not help your child or youth move up the player pathway'

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