Grassroots Football Program
For children between the ages of 4 and 16, Great Goals offers an age-appropriate and ability-based football program. We follow the Long Term Player Development Approach (also called the Four Corner model developed by the English FA). Our training is based on an annual curriculum that is designed to ensure every player learns the most they can every term.
6 years of Chennai's Largest Grassroots Football Tournament
10 years of Award winning Grassroots Football Leagues
2 FIFA Awards for Golden Baby Leagues
Other Program Highlights
Typical term is 4 months
Shorter terms available
Typically 2 group classes / week
Options vary per centre
Open to all skill levels
No prior training required to join at any age
Mix of Licensed & Trained Coaches
Coach rotation ensures child's exposure to various coaching styles
Regular Progress updates
through detailed report cards and coach meetings
Pathway for talented players
to be selected for High Performance/ Competitive teams
Age Appropriate Programs
The primary objective at this age is to introduce young children to sports and make them comfortable on a sports field.
At age 4, children are ready to understand basic instructions along with the ABCs of sport – Agility, Balance, and Coordination.
These skills are developed through fun games that challenge children and help them grow individually as players.
The skills developed through this program are transferable to other activities. By developing these skills, they start to appreciate the value of sports.
At this age children love to play with the ball by themselves – our sessions are structured to ensure there are maximum touches on the ball through fun games.
In this age group, we aim to ensure that the child gets to self-explore during the sessions with the guidance of our coaches and learn to love and play football.
We introduce the concept of matches with small sided games, 1-v-1 drills and match days.
U9 / U11
In this age group, absolute mastery of basic ball control is the main goal. Every player should have confidence in controlling the ball and be familiar with the game’s fundamental mechanics, rules, and regulations.
A greater emphasis is placed on gameplay, with small-sided games to enable players to control the ball in situations of pressure. This makes it possible for more time on the ball, which helps players gain confidence.
To increase physical fitness, we also focus on agility, balance and coordination on and off the ball.
U13 / U15 / U17
In this category, we focus on decision-making on the field through situational drills. Our drills focus on fundamental football skills and begin to emphasize positional and tactical play.
We also focus on the increased speed of gameplay through tactical situations and fitness drills.
Matches & Tournaments
Saturday Match Days
Every Saturday, we conduct match days at all Great Goal centres. This is an opportunity for all age categories to showcase what they learnt during the week on the field. Parents are also encouraged to attend to cheer on their kids, appreciate how much effort their children put into class, meet the coaches and play a vital role in building an inclusive football community.
Baby Leagues at Great Goals
Every term, we conduct an in-house league at Great Goals. This is open to all players from the age of 7 and is usually held in the last few weeks of the season. The league is an opportunity for players to showcase their skills, and grow as leaders, team players, and sports people. At the end of every league, awards are distributed to the teams and individual talent and sportsmanship are recognized.
Every year, we conduct Chennai's largest grassroots football tournament where all footballs club in Chennai participate from U7 to U15. We have conducted 6 annual tournaments till date. This is an opportunity for grassroots football teams to play in a professionally organized, competitive environment. With over 50 teams consisting of 500+ players participating in 80+ matches in 5 categories in a span of 2 days, the environment is exhilarating, inclusive and motivating for grassroots football development.
What Parents Say
"All Credit to the coaches & staff who do a great job. The match days are great..."
Karthik & Anusha
Parents of Ayaan U9
"The best part is the discipline towards making a structured program..."
Parent of Sai Samvid U9
"I am very impressed with how the tournaments and training are conducted..."
Grand parent of Raahil U11
"It gives me so much pleasure to see the happiness, energy and anticipation in the boys..."
Parent of Sarvesh U9, Harshath U13
We build Communities
Bring a Buddy
Every term, we enable the 'Bring a Buddy' concept, wherein all players can bring a friend to a session. Our players love this session as they get to share their favourite class with their favourite friends. The same buddy can come to upto two classes and its absolutely free!
Family Play Day
Every term we host a 'Family Play Day'. Players can bring an adult (parent, older relative) to participate in a class with them – join in drills, learn basic skills and the most fun and competitive part of the evening – play a match! We encourage mothers, aunts and female relatives to come to Family Play Day, because it is important for young children to UNLEARN any stereotypes they may have about sports and gender. But more than anything else, this event builds the sense of community and the spirit of sports – a wonderful way to celebrate our children and the child in each of us.