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Villarreal Nebraska Academy


Official Partner Academy of Villarreal C.F.

With the global pandemic COVID-19 effecting our way of life and our daily schedules there will be many questions about how we are protecting players, families, and your membership. VNA leadership and staff focus decision making around the health and safety of the children in our care. VNA uses the Mission, Vision and Goals as our guiding principles of decision making. We want our families to have faith and confidence that we have their best interests in mind. 

There are a couple of things to clarify or remind our members of: As a membership organization we rely on members. It's as simple as that. We don't exist without members. We have worked very hard over the last 3 1/2 years to provide a quality organization, to serve your children and the community.  We ask that as we all work through the fear, uncertainty, changes, restrictions this pandemic as brought to us, please consider are we in this together, can we be a team. 

VNA has made several obligations over the years to bring the ABSOLUTE BEST to your children.

First, we have contracted with D.O.C. Jorge Sambataro to uproot his life and family from Argentina, to lead our soccer education, training and understanding of the game in Lincoln. He  brings us Autonomous Players, Smart Players and Good People. He has continuously works for our members to make us a better Academy everyday.  To make a difference in our community. 

Second, we have contracted with NSC to have a private and dedicated training center that provides scheduling autonomy and confidence for training and usage, all for the purpose of being a family focused organization that works to have consistent plans, schedules and a safe place for our member children.

Third, our additional staff. We have several dedicated staff members who rely on this work as a main source of their income and livelihood. This includes administrative staff and coaches. They know that their work is in limbo and yet they are committed to your children everyday.

As a member of our non-profit organization please know we value you: your time, your support and your children.  Our academy does not exist without members. Our hope and desires are to get through this difficult time together, so that we all have an academy to belong to along the way, and to come back to, as we are able. 

Thank You for being a member and your support!

Training Plans

Villarreal Nebraska Academy will strive to deliver uninterrupted training regardless of the COVID-19 restrictions. We strongly believe that in uncertain times belonging to one another, having a purpose and a schedule is healthy and is important for mental health. We will do everything we can to have a relationship with our players, to have a positive impact, to prepare them for life, to provide stability and a schedule. We will provide training in anyway we possibly can (listed below) throughout the year. For 2020-2021 Soccer Year we are already now planning to provide 6 weeks of Summer Training for 2021 as part of our programs if disruptions impact our typical year. We hope for the best but always plan for alternate scenarios, so, with the assumption that at times throughout this next year we may have COVID-19 interruptions. This is to preplan and to be ahead of this.

Any Combination of Activities will be used as training:
In-Person Team Training
In-Person Small Group Training
In-Person 1-on-1 Training
In-House Games and Dutch Tournaments
Open Play
Camps In-Person
Zoom Training Technical
Zoom Training Tactical
Video Analysis
Zoom Team Meetings
YouTube Videos
Google Classroom
Villarreal C.F. Training and Meetings

The 2020-21 season looks like this:
Fall Season Training Schedule: August 3, 2020 - October 23, 2020 for some teams will extend to October 29, 2020 if participating in a major competition event.

Winter Season Training Schedule: November 2, 2020-March 5, 2021

Spring Season Training Schedule: March 15, 2021-June 4, 2021

Added Summer for preplanning of disruptions throughout the Aug-June Year: Summer Training Schedule: June 14, 2021-July 23, 2021

Planned time Off:
September 7,
November 23 - November 29,
December 19 - January 3, 2021,
March 6 - March 14, 2021.
Other Dates (no-school and holiday dates) TBD. If major interruptions impact training before these planned dates off, additional activities may be planned during this time. We must plan, yet be flexible.

League Plans

NYSL with USYS is moving forward expecting to have a Fall League as normally planned. For state competition. The leadership at Nebraska State Soccer will not be charging the Academy for league registration until they are sure the league will be played or scheduled. League details, plans, nor fees have been set. 

The leadership of USSSA and Alliance are already putting plans in place to plan for player safety and expect to have league or festival play as normally planned. Game registrations are planned for no-risk registration and pay as you go in a constant festival format that fits each team or club best. Our Academy will not be charged for league for festival registration until plans and confirmations are established. League details, plans, nor fees have been set. 

USSSA National Staff will continue to put eyes on our VNA players to bring opportunities for W.I.N. regional and national camps, ALL-STAR Training and Game opportunities for national exposure and college coach exposure.

Games will be played in a number of different ways:
League Games
Festival Games
Tournament Games
Smaller-Sided Games
Indoor Games
Futsal Games
In-House Games

For 2020-21, VNA is now collecting ALL Competition Fees separately from Program Fees. We will only collect competition fees from players when registration is due and planned on a seasonal basis or event basis.  Refunds may be subject to refunds from the above mentioned competition venues. Refunds may be reduced by any expenditures that can not be recuperated, such as Service Fees, Processing Fees or things beyond our control. We will do everything to keep your funds protected and utilized as planned. See your program level information page for an example of how competition fees are planned and how fees will be collected.

Tournament Plans

Tournaments will be planned but registration for those tournaments will be slower and considered carefully. Historically they have become a fun and expected part of the competition series for typical select style youth sports.  We will carefully consider any tournament to ensure their refund policies, player safety protocols and local, state and national travel restrictions/guidelines meet our expectations in Nebraska and any State we may consider travelling to. We will be OVERLY cautious when or if deciding to attend a tournament. We will likely have additional expectations, rules, and agreements that we will clearly communicate with all families as we go throughout the year.

At this time, we are not putting on the table or taking off the table any tournament we have considered in the past. We will however, have more communication and meetings, if needed, with players and families to communicate what is best for each team. It is possible that out-of-state travel will be limited and some teams may not travel out-of-state this Fall, or this entire year unless deemed 'needed' or 'necessary' and meets our safety standards. 

As we plan the year with player health and safety in mind, there may be other in-state or local game competitions that fulfil the player development needs of our players instead of tournaments. Therefore, tournament fees are collected with league fees and will be utilized all together to provide game experiences to our players and teams: Called Competition Fees.

VNA is collecting ALL Competition Fees separately from Program Fees and they will be collected as we go and/or refunded if games can not be played or scheduled. Refunds may be reduced by any expenditures that can not be recuperated, such as non-refundable deposits, Service Fees, Processing Fees or things beyond our control. We will do everything to keep your funds protected and utilized as planned.

Villarreal C.F.

Villarreal C.F. has increased their daily and weekly interactions with ALL our players, coaches and parents in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions. At this time international travel is restricted and even as those travel restrictions loosen or are eliminated, we will determine what is best for the health and safety of all involved.  At this time we are not expecting team travel to Spain over Thanksgiving. We will determine at a later date if individual players would be invited to Spain or if they will be invited with an future date. At this time we are not expecting Villarreal C.F. coaches to be in Nebraska for tryouts or camps this summer. If a future date appears to be possible, that is mutually agreeable, we will consider all options at that time.


Dear Parents and Players,

This is an unbelievable situation we are all in. Our hearts break for our players and the things that they are now missing.  We always hope to be a light for them when things are tough, and we are always encouraging them to look to their "next action".  During this time, it is incredibly important to have a place of belonging, to have a purpose, and to have a schedule for healthy living and mental health.

We have always promised to focus on: Autonomous Players, Smart Players and Good People. This will teach life skills that we all need. This situation is certainly teaching us all that. Life will continue to throw us adversity, let us have an outlook that focuses on the positives. This is an opportunity to adapt, to learn new things, find solutions, and to share knowledge. Please don’t waste time or energy on the things we cannot change or by complaining. ¡ENDAVANT! To Always Look Forward. 

Some may wonder why are we working so hard to connect and have digital learning when we can’t actually play. Villarreal Nebraska Academy is not really about the competition at its central purpose. Don’t get us wrong, we love that part of the experience and it is valuable. However, with suspended/cancelled competitions we are able to focus on other parts of who we are. VNA is about player development and personal development first, by using soccer as a vehicle.

What concerns us the most are the social and safety needs of our children. We need to work harder than ever to have stability and normalization. This means having a schedule and a purpose, focusing on a community and social groups in order to find ways for socialization and interaction. We need to consider the psychological consequences our children will now need to overcome as they face imposed isolation at this critical time in their lives. 

Their mini-cities (which was their schools) have been ripped away from them. They are forced to adapt as they are learning how to choose friends, make friends, how to socialize, how to deal with personality conflicts, and how to build relationships that will carry them into healthy adult relationships. 

Yes it would be easier in many ways to just cancel off this, but let’s not hide in the confines of what is easy. We MUST find ways to build up as individuals and continue to teach life lessons: Our mission, values, vision, and goals become more important than ever as we look to guide our children to become productive members of society. 

We must have interaction, relationships, focus on a purpose, and we must challenge our children to interact and reach out to others. For some, this is easy, for many, this is hard. Our soccer teams and groups give a built-in social group with a shared purpose: relationships with activity. Use it! Let’s not take it for granted.

VNA Nebraska is here to support you and your children. If you or your children need help, please reach out. We will work through this time together and look forward to the future.


Jorge and Amy


Villarreal Nebraska Academy, Official Partner Academy of Villarreal C.F.
333 Speedway Circle Suite #4 
Lincoln, Nebraska 68502

Phone: 402-853-7100
Email: [email protected]
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