Zona Elite Talent – professional experiences for International Footballers aged 18-23

Zona Elite Talent

‘Zona Elite Talent’ is a professionally designed football programme for footballers looking for experience with professional academy coaches in England. It is a bespoke programme that has been created for players aged between 18-23 years old from across America.

Zona Elite Talent offers players a unique opportunity to train, play and stay in a professional setup hosted at the University of Sussex which is based in Brighton, one of the UK’s most creative, culturally diverse and exciting cities. Falmer Sports Complex, where the sports side of the Elite programme is situated, has a brand new 3G stadium on site and is literally just across the road from Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion’s ground (always worth a visit!)

Zona’s mission and aim is to help players achieve their maximum potential on and off the field. We do this by offering a dynamic full-time programme, designed by high level coaches that lasts for a month (July-August) and gives players the opportunity to train and play as a professional in England. Before the summer programme, we hold Zona Elite Trials in universities across America and select players from these trials using our experienced, qualified talent scouts.

Participants on the programme benefit from technical and tactical football sessions, personalised gym sessions with individual strength & condition coaching, pool recovery, yoga, pre-game visualization and relaxation, video analysis and personal feedback reviews, all designed to make you the best you can be. On top of this, the players are given the opportunity to test themselves at the highest level against professional and semi-professional opposition from England at fantastic venues.


The programme is for elite men and women footballers. We invite 100 men and 100 women into each Trials Camp in the US (the next Camp is over two days in May 2019) and we host these throughout the US with players coming to the UK by invitation only as we select 25 elite men and 25 women to the UK for a month of a high level, never to be forgotten football experience.

The cost of these trial camps is $150 and the cost of the UK tour is $2,800. These fees will pay for your accommodation and entry into the Trials Camp (if selected) and the UK Tour (again, if selected.) If you are interested in signing up for the Trials Camp or need any further information about Zona Elite Talent, please complete the form opposite and we will be in touch.

Brighton is one of the most lively cities in the UK. Only 60 minutes south of London with a cosmopolitan and creative community and sometimes likened to San Fransisco or Barcelona. There are several independent bars, restaurants and clubs and a vibrant student culture as well as beautiful architecture on the seafront. Read more about what to do in Brighton here 

Zona Elite Talent Enquiry Form

Please fill out this form as an expression of your interest in signing up for the Zona Elite Talent Trial Camp in America (venue to be confirmed.) We will be in touch in the near future with confirmation on who has been selected. We base our decision on the level that you have played at previously, so the more you can tell us in the ‘Football experience’ field below the better.