Third Rossoneri project in Japan and one which came into being in 2016

The Milan Academy Tokyo was founded in 2016, in collaboration withFootball Sport INC. It’s the Club's third base in Japan. The football school, through team and individual training session, aims to engage kids from four to fourteen years of age, teaching them that through their dedication, passion and team work, they can go on to reach great heights. Be it on the pitch, at school or in their daily lives.

Activities are organised on a day-to-day basis by Offical AC Milan Head Coach Manuel Belleri. These provide the coaches and kids with an insight into AC Milan’s training, educating local staff and allowing the kids to develop on a human and sport level through proactive football.

Takaaki Hirabayashi, President of the Tokyo Academy: "My great passion for the Rossoneri drove me to creating a hub for the littlest players, in order to teach them the philosphy and values of this great Club, which also allows the community to benefit from teaching received outside of the football academy."





  • AC Milan Head Coach: Manuel Belleri (UEFA B)
  • Service: permanent
  • Local Technical Director: Ryosuke Kobayashi
  • Coaching Staff involved: 6
  • Grassroots (5-13): 45
  • Youth Sector (13-20): 1
  • Active period: April-March


  • Milan Academy U4 - Ages 3-4
    Recreational-educational activities with physical exercise and games to promote the harmonious development of the children's identities as they get to know and learn to control their bodies.
  • Milan Academy U6 - Ages 5-6
    An introduction to motor and technical skills for the smaller children as they learn to understand and move their bodies while on the ball in the most introductory games in football coaching.
  • Milan Academy U8 - Ages 7-8
    Consolidation and development of motor and coordination skills, improvement of individual technique and an introduction to the principles of individual tactics through games against an opponent.
  • Milan Academy U10 - Ages 9-10
    The fine-tuning of individual technique and the development of the children’s understanding of individual and team tactics as they begin to work together in different match situations.
  • Milan Academy U12 - Ages 11-12
    A more in-depth understanding of offensive and defensive phases of the game; the development of and introduction to various playing systems through games and situational drills.
  • Milan Academy U14 - Ages 13-14
    A fine-tuning of the children's understanding of offensive and defensive phases of the game; a more in-depth focus on various playing systems, an introduction to different tactics through team exercises.
  • Milan Academy U16- Ages 15-16
    The consolidation of a footballing philosophy and identity based on ball possession as the result of all of the children's training in their various stages of growth.
  • Milan Academy U18- Ages 17-18
    A programme centred on the specialisation of the technique, tactics, psychology and physicality required for elite competitive football.


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