FC Porto Tryouts

Futebol Clube do Porto, MHIH, OM, commonly known as FC Porto or simply Porto, is a Portuguese professional sports club based in Porto, Portugal. The club competes in the Primeira Liga, the top flight of Portuguese football.

FC Porto Youth Development System

FC Porto Football School

PREPARING CHAMPIONS. FOR THE LIFE.

Breathing blue and white culture and mystique and sharing the daily life of an emblem of achievements is something that can be experienced in a practical and playful way, privileging the sustained growth of students.

The detection and improvement of new values ​​for the formation of FC Porto is one of the objectives of this project. Today, as a result of the work developed, 33% of the young people present in the youth classes of FC Porto’s formation come from the Dragon Force project.

This success is just as important as helping students and their guardians in the growth process. For this we have three main areas of support: pedagogy, psychology and health.

Dragon Force is an innovative project that, under the motto “You have the power of the Dragon”, broke new ground in the sports training of boys and girls aged four to fourteen.

With participation in the dynamics of the Open Space, it is intended that students recognize the various areas that go beyond sport – such as the environment, information technology or citizenship. During these dynamics, the development of students’ critical and reflective spirit is also promoted. Accompanying the students at Espaço Aberto will always be a Socio-Educational Mediator.

The “Open Space” is the base of the Pedagogy area in Dragon Force. This is a place, present in all schools, that students can attend before and after training.

PHILOSOPHY

We respect the characteristics of each one, because we know that there is no profile to play football: you can be fast or slow, tall or short, stocky or fragile … if you can understand the game and evolve technically you will have an important role in your team.
The most important thing is the evolution of the team, always based on the growth of each player.
Each coach is accompanied and has ongoing training. The model is rich but it has to be modeled by quality coaches and this is ensured by us! Each team has a reduced ratio of players per coach. Here we believe that each player deserves special attention so that they can always get the best out of him.
We believe that rigor is an essential part of a player’s education: Schedules, equipment, attitude in training, behavior at school, at home, in a team… We believe that without discipline there is no way to grow and that is why we are demanding!
We believe that competence and ambition are built based on a serious, organized and passionate process!

Here … football is a passion!

Live Your Passion with us. You have the Power of the Dragon!

METHODOLOGY

  • Teaching football according to the age and performance of the student
  • Integrated teaching of different educational areas (health, citizenship, environment…) during training and other sporting events
  • Using the players of the main team of FC Porto as a model to follow

Dragon Force trains teams and players in the image of FC Porto. Based on an innovative methodology that values ​​high-level football, the entire process is guided by a model of unparalleled wealth and operated by coaches identified with this way of viewing the game.

The ability to interpret the game to make better decisions is the basis of the tactical-technical development that we advocate. This is our priority!

In the  Initiation class , which includes children under-5 and under-6, the form of play that we favor ranges from 1×1 to 3×3, and the ability to use the playing space in a balanced way within these numerical relations is one of the main goals. At this stage, concepts such as knowing how to get away from the ball, start reading the different spaces of the game or creating pass lines are structural concepts of everything that will come next.

Regarding the Basic level , which includes children under-7 and under-8, the numerical relations range from 3×3 to 5×5 depending on the level of the team. In addition to the concerns mentioned for the Initiation here, we also introduced the concept of adjustment and positional exchange which makes the game grow in complexity.

Regarding the Intermediate level  (under-10 and under-9) the game forms range from 5×5 to 7×7. This causes the complexity associated with the game to increase substantially, so that we begin to divide each moment of the game into different sub-moments and to treat each one with tactical-technical concerns very focused on a style in which the obsession to control the game with the ball it implies the definition of tactical priorities such as: large field, attracting opponents with and without a ball, search for interior spaces, alternation between support and break movements …

In the  Advanced  (U-12 and U-11) and  Expert classes (under-14 and under-13) it is about consolidating and growing everything that was introduced in previous years, introducing more complex concepts such as collective balance in each of the moments of the game. The evolution of game forms ranges from 7×7 to 11×11.

At all levels, the technical content is always worked according to a coherent game idea from the first day.

From ball receptions and passes with different parts of the body in the Initiation, passing to the reception oriented in Basic, evolving to the ability to protect the ball in Intermediate, integrating shots with different trajectories in the older levels. 

The technical component has an evolution based on an increasingly richer and more complex way of playing.

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FC Porto History

With 79 major trophies, 72 of which were won in domestic competitions, Porto is the second most decorated team in Portugal after FC Porto, which has won 80 major trophies. These include 29 trophies in the Primeira Liga, 17 titles in the Taca de Portugal, 4 titles in the Campeonato de Portugal, and a record 22 titles in the Supertaca Candido de Oliveira. The five consecutive Primeira Liga titles won between 1994–1995 and 1998–1999 set a record for Portuguese football.

It was during the 2010–11 and 2012–13 seasons that Porto became only the second team in the history of the Portuguese league to win two crowns without suffering a single loss. On their route to a second quadruple, Porto achieved the largest-ever disparity in point totals between the champion and the runner-up in a three-points-per-win system by accumulating a total of 21 points in the first competition.

Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, 15 July 2020. EPA-EFE/JOSE COELHO

With seven championships to their name, Porto is the most decorated team to ever represent Portugal in international play. They were victorious in the UEFA Super Cup in 1987, the Intercontinental Cup in both 1987 and 2004, the European Cup/UEFA Champions League in 1987 and 2004, the UEFA Cup/Europa League in 2003 and 2011, and the European Cup/UEFA Champions League in 1987 and 2004.

In addition, they finished in second place in the European Cup Winners Cup in 1983–1984 and in the UEFA Super Cup in 2003, 2004, and 2011 respectively. The only Portuguese club to ever win the UEFA Cup/Europa League, the UEFA Super Cup, and the Intercontinental Cup, as well as the only club to ever achieve the continental treble of domestic league, domestic cup, and European titles (2002–03 and 2010–11), Porto is the only club in the world to have accomplished all of these things.

Porto has competed in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League 23 times, which places them in third place overall behind Barcelona and Real Madrid (24). Porto finished the 2018–19 season ranked 10th in the UEFA club coefficient ranking. This ranking was determined at the conclusion of the season.

Stadium

Since 2003, FC Porto has called the Estádio do Drago, a football stadium in Porto, Portugal, that only has seating for spectators in seats, their home field. It is the third largest football stadium in Portugal due to its seating capacity of 50,033, which places it in that position.

The stadium, which was designed by the Portuguese architect Manuel Salgado and built to replace Porto’s previous ground, the Estádio das Antas, also served as one of the host venues for the UEFA Euro 2004 final competition. In addition, the stadium was developed to serve both purposes.

On November 16, 2003, the stadium was officially opened with a friendly match versus Barcelona. The event broke the record for attendance with 52,000 fans in attendance.