Eintracht Frankfurt e.V. is a German professional sports club based in Frankfurt, Germany. The club competes in the Bundesliga, the top flight of German football.
Eintracht Frankfurt Youth Development System
HOW TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL SOCCER PLAYER?
It is not enough to be an above-average footballer; another important factor in training to become a professional footballer is the development of a personality. Both components are closely interwoven in teaching at Eintracht Frankfurt.
The overriding goal of talent training at Eintracht Frankfurt is: “Training to become a professional player”.
The athletic training is designed for the long term and characterized by continuity. The development of talent comes before team success. The training takes place in three stages: basic area U10 and U11, advanced area (U12 – U15) and performance area (U16 – U19). The U19 also forms the transition area to professional football.
In the area of the little ones, the playful handling of the ball with simultaneous and varied experiences in all positions is in the foreground. In the build-up area, individual and group tactics find their way into the training plan. In addition, the frequency and intensity of training increases, as does training in the athletic field. This is followed by the training chapter in the performance area, in which the techniques learned are applied under extreme pressure in complex forms of play and training and the players are thus prepared for the quality profile of a professional footballer at Eintracht Frankfurt.
During their training at Eintracht Frankfurt, the players receive individual support and support. Strengths and weaknesses of each individual are regularly documented and, according to the motto “strengthen strengths and weaknesses”, improved or remedied through targeted training. In the high-performance center, all trainers have the necessary licenses (from the advanced level, every trainer has an A license).
In order to be able to guarantee all talents sufficient playing time for their development, it has been agreed that a player should play at least 50 percent of all games (point and test games) in a season up to and including the U13.
The sports club in general is one of the most important institutions for child and youth work alongside the school. This has a great influence on the upbringing and development of children and young people.
At Eintracht Frankfurt, trainers and those responsible for the performance center pay attention to conveying values that are important not only in sport but also in everyday life: starting with respectful interaction with fellow players, coaches, supervisors or referees, through experiencing and learning about fair play, up to towards processing criticism, successes or failures. Since the players should also see themselves as ambassadors for the club, when they join a team at the performance center they accept the code of conduct that clearly regulates how a Eintracht Frankfurt player should behave.
The footballers pursue their ambassadorial activities not only in the Frankfurt district or at the highest regional or national level (all teams in the performance center play in the highest possible classes). By agreeing to international test matches and participating in international tournaments, the players carry the eagle around the world. At the same time, they broaden their cultural horizons. For example, the U19 travels to a top-class tournament in Dallas (USA) as a “final trip” before the young eagles enter the senior age. Here the players stay with host families for ten days and experience the “American way of life”. The U15s were allowed to travel to the motherland of football in Manchester in 2008 for the world finals of the Nike Cup, the unofficial U15 world championship,
Eintracht Frankfurt pays particular attention to “dual training”. Performing well in school is just as important as performing well on the field. So that football and school teaching do not interfere with each other, various school cooperations have been concluded, which easily combine both training courses ( see Cooperations ).
Eintracht Frankfurt’s youth work has a good reputation. Many talents were brought into the Bundesliga in the distant and near past, where they matured into top performers or national players ( see place of birth Riederwald ). Andreas Möller, Thomas Berthold and Jermaine Jones are just a few examples. In the current Bundesliga squad of Eintracht Eintracht, goalkeeper Jan Zimmermann, defenders Marco Russ and Timothy Chandler, midfielders Nicolai Müller, Nils Stendera, Patrick Finger and Sahverdi Cetin are seven of their own who have learned to play football in the Riederwald.
The Fußball AG, which was spun off in 2000, relies on the next generation from its own ranks, but it is necessary that the players play at least in the regional league in order to minimize the difference in performance as much as possible.
Sports boarding school
The boarding school, located in the Riederwald sports center, started operations in November 2010. There are currently four single and four double rooms with a desk, bathroom, bed and internet connection as well as a common lounge available to the residents. In addition, there is a rented apartment on the club premises, which can be used by adult A-youths as a shared flat for two and is intended to support them on their way to independence. Since the end of September 2018 there has also been another apartment for talents in Frankfurt-Seckbach. This means that up to 15 talents can be accommodated, for whom a distant place of residence made it impossible to train and play at Eintracht Frankfurt up to now.
As the pedagogical director of the high performance center, qualified pedagogue Anton Schumacher is primarily responsible for the sports boarding school. The exchange with players and parents, all players in the performance center and the cooperation partners are among his main tasks. He is supported by boarding school supervisor Chrissoula Disch, NLZ employee Rafael Francisco and a total of six night shift workers and elementary school teacher Karl Rotter, who coordinates the school tuition.
The aim of the sports boarding school is to give the young players a second home and to coordinate their everyday life, which is characterized by school / professional and sporting challenges, in the best possible way.
Eintracht Frankfurt Football School
The concept is impressively simple: Thousands of football-crazy children in the Rhine-Main area want nothing more than to make the leap into the Bundesliga one day and hunt for points for Eintracht. The Eintracht Frankfurt football school lets you experience this dream very intensely. Equipped with full football gear and guided by former Eintracht stars right at the stadium: nowhere else do the kids get so close to the professional feeling. Not only die-hard Adler fans are addressed, but all children regardless of their level of performance and ambitions. “Live football with fun and joy” is the motto.
What gradually began as a leisure activity for children during the school holidays over eighteen years ago is now a firmly established institution within Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball AG. The football school is booming. It organized over 45 events in 2019 alone. All of them were fully booked shortly after the registration was activated. In addition to the previously mentioned holiday camps in Deutsche Bank Park, the framework is primarily formed by the matchday camps in the run-up to the Eintracht home games and the “ on-tour ” events at which the football school visits the grounds of various clubs. True to the motto “train like professionals”, the children receive lessons in the modules during these camps Coordination, technique, shot on goal, form of play and goalkeeping game.
However, it is very important for Körbel not only to provide short-lived impulses with the football school, but also to sustainably promote the footballing skills of many children. Therefore, those participants who want to take the plunge into competitive football have the opportunity to recommend themselves through outstanding performance in the camps for talent training at the football school. There they can work on their strengths and weaknesses in parallel to training in their home clubs and receive a platform to present themselves to the young talent center at the Riederwald.
The concept of the Eintracht Frankfurt football school is based on three pillars: conveying values through sport, promoting talent and creating community.
The primary goal of the Eintracht Frankfurt Football School is to inspire children and young people between the ages of 7 and 15 for exercise and sport in general and football in particular. We create the framework in which children are taught a number of important values of sport through fun and activity .
- Honesty, fair play
In addition, we offer girls and boys who are talented in football the possibility of targeted support in addition to the respective club training. In this way, we have already been able to place 56 former participants in youth performance centers in professional football. Last but not least, it is part of our philosophy to offer children a community-building identification offer through the institution Eintracht Frankfurt . We are committed to the integration and inclusion of everyone with a range of measures, regardless of origin, gender or health impairments.
Eintracht Frankfurt Football School Talent Training
Talent training at the Eintracht Frankfurt Football School is aimed at children between the ages of seven and twelve and is offered on three days (Monday to Wednesday) for selected and sighted young players and goalkeepers in the Heusenstamm Soccer Center. The kids continue to play and train in their home club. Two training units of 90 minutes each per day are completed. First for the younger age groups from 2011 to 2013, then the older age groups from 2008 to 2010. The group size is limited to a maximum of 30 field players and six goalkeepers, whereby training is again divided into small training groups.
Who is the talent training aimed at?
Talent training is designed as an additional unit for talented children, it does not replace club training. “It is important that the children continue to train in their club and have their social environment there,” explains Uwe Bindewald. The participants have the opportunity to choose one of three training days in order to receive individual technical basic training. The catchment area mainly extends to the immediate vicinity, but kids also come to Heusenstamm from Heidelberg, Mannheim, Fulda, Gießen or Marburg. Participation in talent training takes place after the screening in camps of the Eintracht Frankfurt football school (match day camps, holiday camps, on-tour camps).
What is taught in talent training?
“We want to develop the talents with a healthy mix of fun and discipline,” explains Uwe Bindewald. The professionals bring in their accumulated experience, training is in small groups “in order to keep the number of repetitions high,” says Bindewald. The hall with several playing fields is also ideal for training. “We are independent of the weather here”. The football school’s motto is: “Train with the professionals! Train like the pros ”. This is also lived in the camps, all talent training coaches are also active in the football school camps.
From football school to the youth performance center
Thousands of football-loving kids flock to the Eintracht Frankfurt Football School year after year, many with the dream of playing for the SBU in the Bundesliga. Even if the focus of our camps is on having fun and not on performance, some kids manage to make a special impression on the coaching team.
That is why our football school is in close contact with the youth performance center at Riederwald, the home of our youth teams, in promoting young talent. In this way, all players from our camps have the opportunity to play their way into the SGE’s field of vision. However, it is not only performance that is decisive, behavior on and off the field is also of central importance.
Our football camps in and around Frankfurt form the basis. Anyone who stands out here can be recommended for our talent training. There the kids can work on their strengths and weaknesses in parallel to training in their home clubs. The next stage is the transition to our junior performance center and the opportunity to take part in regular viewing days at the Riederwald or to play in our U-teams via trial training.
Since 2007, more than 110 participants in the talent training have been transferred to various youth training centers in the region. There are currently almost 20 former talent training players in a youth team from our Eintracht team.
Eintracht Frankfurt Football School Additional Programs
Eintracht Frankfurt Online Training
The football school’s coaching team broadcasts the training units live from Deutsche Bank Park into the living room at home and relies on real-time interaction with the participants, for example in the form of tips & tricks or cool challenges. For more information, please click here.
Eintracht Frankfurt Holiday Camps
The holiday camps form the core of the Eintracht Frankfurt football school. During the Hessian Easter, summer and autumn holidays, there is a state of emergency in Deutsche Bank Park four or five days a week. For more information, please click here.
Eintracht Frankfurt On-Tour Camps
We are also regularly “on tour” in the region and all over Germany and organize one-day or multi-day training camps in cooperation with local clubs. For more information, please click here.
Eintracht Frankfurt Girls Camps
In the past twenty years, the soccer school has left its mark and has regularly impressed the kids nationally and internationally. After the merger of 1. FFC Frankfurt and Eintracht Frankfurt, the football school will now also offer girls’ football camps in the future. For more information, please click here.
Eintracht Frankfurt Goalkeeping Camps
At the Eintracht Frankfurt football school, the future traps get the necessary fine-tuning in special camps only for goalies. For more information, please click here.
Eintracht Frankfurt Match Day Camps
At our match day camps, the professional feeling is rounded off by attending a Eintracht home game. For more information, please click here.
Eintracht Frankfurt International Football Camps
The Eintracht Frankfurt football school stands for professional training and the joy of football. These qualities are valued far beyond the German borders.
Since 2013 we have been carrying the name of the SBU to such different places in the world as Shanghai (China), Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Pretoria (South Africa) or Florida (USA). There we cooperate with clubs, schools and companies in order to prepare unforgettable training units for children and young people on site, often in connection with the training camp of our professionals.
The contents of the events are tailored to the needs and circumstances on site in close cooperation with our partners. From classic training camps to “coach clinics” to sponsorship events, everything is possible.
Eintracht Frankfurt Partner Clubs
From now on we will work within a new structure and within the framework of day, weekend or holiday camps with various associations in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and Hesse.
The club cooperations are divided into the level of the “official partner clubs” for holiday camps lasting several days and the level of the “official cooperation partners” for day and weekend camps.
The aim of the entire on-tour concept is to promote youth football in the respective region and in particular at the respective club, so that, in the best case scenario, the clubs can also benefit from the cooperation in the long term. In addition to the exchange of knowledge at the trainer level, the focus is particularly on the participants who can experience unforgettable days in accordance with the motto “Live football with fun and joy”.
The participants with their individual backgrounds, for example with regard to their football-specific performance and specific needs, are between 7 and 14 years old and mostly come from the respective club or region. The up to 80 children are divided into different groups according to their age.
The participants are trained by former professionals from Eintracht Frankfurt as well as by experienced youth trainers. The high number of former professionals is a unique selling point of the Eintracht Frankfurt soccer school compared to other soccer schools. The football school’s coaches are supported on site by coaches from the respective partner club.
Partner club list can be found by clicking here.
Cooperation partner clubs can be found by clicking here.
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Eintracht Frankfurt History
The initial games for the club were played on the old Hundswiese field, which at this point in time would be located next to the Hessischer Rundfunk building. These games took place between the years 1899 and 1906. In 1906, the team moved to a new field near Eschersheimer Landstraße and named it Victoriaplatz. In 1908, they paid 350 marks for the stands at Victoriaplatz, which they had purchased for the new field.
This move was in response to new regulations, which stated that fields needed to be enclosed by a fence in order to host official games. Following the merger of Frankfurter FV and Frankfurter Turngemeinde von 1861 in 1920, the club moved its home games to the Riederwaldstadion, which had previously been occupied by the Riederwaldstadion.
Prior to that, the club played at a new stadium located at Roseggerstraße in Dornbusch beginning in 1912. Their stadium has been known as the Waldstadion when it opened in 1925; in 2005, it was renamed Deutsche Bank Park due to sponsorship reasons.
In the Bundesliga, Eintracht Frankfurt have had some success, as evidenced by the fact that they have either won or drawn more than three-quarters of their games and also as evidenced by the fact that they have finished the majority of their seasons placed in the top half of the table.
However, Eintracht Frankfurt also have the highest number of losses in the league (657). The squad has one of the greatest attendance ratings in the globe and is now ranked eighth highest out of the 36 teams competing in the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga with an average attendance of 47,942 fans per game since 2013. Charly Korbel, who played his entire senior career for Eintracht Frankfurt, holds the record for most appearances (602) in the Bundesliga. Korbel played defense for the whole duration of his Eintracht Frankfurt career.
The local club Kickers Offenbach is the chief adversary of this club; yet, because the two teams have spent the majority of their histories competing in different divisions, they have only faced each other in two league matches in the last 40 years.
In Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany, a retractable roof sports stadium known as the Waldstadion (English: Forest Stadium) is currently known as the Deutsche Bank Park for sponsorship purposes, while it was earlier known as the Commerzbank-Arena. Both names were used in the past.
It was opened in 1925 and is the stadium that serves as the home field for the football team Eintracht Frankfurt. Since that time, the stadium has undergone a number of renovations, the most significant of which was its transformation into a football-only venue in advance of the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
It is one of the top ten largest football stadiums in Germany, with a capacity of 51,500 people for league matches and 48,500 for American Football and International Football events. Four matches, including the championship game, were played at the stadium during the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. It was one of the nine sites used for the tournament.
The actual stadium as well as other sports facilities, such as a swimming pool, a tennis complex, a beach volleyball court, and a winter sports hall, are all part of the sports complex, which is owned by the city of Frankfurt. The Frankfurt Stadion is the name of the arena’s very own train station, which is connected to the national rail network.