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skills.lab Academy FAQ

Here you will find answers to the most important questions about the skills.lab Academy.

What is the skills.lab Academy?

The skills.lab Academy is a development program for football talents in childhood and youth age, which will be organized by skills.lab for the first time for the duration of the 2021/22 season.


What is the goal for the skills.lab Academy?

The Corona pandemic meant that playing football was severely restricted for children and young people for more than a year. As a result, the sporting development of the children and young people has also suffered. The skills.lab Academy aims to offer at least a group of children and young people the opportunity to work specifically on their football skills free of charge and under state-of-the-art training conditions.


What services does the skills.lab Academy include?

Academy participants receive access to free individual training at the skills.lab in Wundschuh. The participating children and young people complete a training program consisting of individual training sessions and regular assessments of their technical skills. As a rule, the training sessions take place every 14 days – in isolated focus phases also weekly (a total of approx. 25 training sessions during the season). The training in the skills.lab Academy is intended as an addition to the regular club training of the participants.


Who can participate in the skills.lab Academy?

The skills.lab Academy is aimed at children and young people in seven age groups (cut-off date 01.06.2021):

  • U8 (born in 2014)
  • U9 (born in 2013)
  • U10 (born in 2012)
  • U11 (born in 2011)
  • U12 (born in 2010)
  • U13 (born in 2009)
  • U14 (born in 2008)

The skills.lab Academy is divided into a Kids Academy (ages U8-U11) and a Junior Academy (ages U12-U14). All players born in the years listed above can apply for admission to the skills.lab Academy.


How many players will be admitted to the skills.lab Academy?

For each age group, the two best boys and the two best girls receive a place in the skills.lab Academy. This means that a total of 28 children and young people (= 14 boys and 14 girls) receive a place in the skills.lab Academy.


How does the admission to the skills.lab Academy take place?

The selection of participants for the skills.lab Academy takes place via so-called “scouting days”. On these scouting days, all registered players complete a “Skills Check”. The Skills Check is a selection of representative exercises in the skills.lab Arena in Wundschuh and enables an objective comparison of the technical performance of all registered players.

During the Skills Check, a player’s passing, finishing, dribbling and overview are objectively tested. The Skills Check takes about 30 minutes per player. At the end of each Skills Check, all participating players receive an individual overall result. The overall results of all applicants are ranked according to the result, so that those applicants with the highest overall result qualify for the skills.lab Academy. Each applicant can only complete one skills check. A repetition is not possible. For each age group, the two girls and two boys with the highest overall score qualify for the skills.lab Academy.


When do the scouting days take place?

The scouting days for admission to the skills.lab Academy will take place in July and August 2021. Each player can complete a maximum of one Skills Check during the scouting days. It is not possible to repeat the Skills Check during the scouting days.

The dates of the scouting days are:

  • July 23-24, 2021
  • July 30-31, 2021
  • August 06-07, 2021
  • August 13-14, 2021

If the number of registrations is sufficient, additional dates for scouting days can be added if necessary.


How and when to register for the scouting days?

Registration for the scouting days will be possible via the website from May 28, 2021. To register, interested parties must fill out the contact form on the website, indicating the desired scouting day. A member of the skills.lab team will then contact you to set the exact time for the skills check. The registration deadline for the scouting days is July 31, 2021 at 23:59.


Who can be contacted with questions about registering for scouting days?

If you have any questions about registration, you can reach the skills.lab team by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at +43 (0)316 300 111.


What do the players have to bring to the scouting days?

All participants should bring a comfortable sports outfit and a towel. Football shoes with rubber studs are recommended. Artificial turf and indoor shoes are also possible as an alternative.


How can players cancel their participation in the scouting days?

Cancellation of an already reserved appointment is possible by e-mail to [email protected] or by phone at +43 (0)316 300 111.


When will the participants of the skills.lab Academy be announced?

The announcement of the participants will be made on August 25, 2021. The participants or their family will be informed personally.


When does the skills.lab Academy start and how long does it last?

Regular training sessions will start in September 2021 and last until June 2022.


What does the skills.lab Academy cost?

Participation in both the scouting days and the skills.lab Academy itself is free of charge. The training that is provided free of charge to all players is worth 1,225 euros per player.


What data must be collected from the participants in the scouting days?

First name, last name, date of birth, contact details (telephone number, e-mail address), club affiliation (if any)


You still have questions that are not answered yet? Then send us an e-mail at [email protected] or call us at +43 (0)316 300-111