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Villarreal Nebraska Academy Overview

The Villarreal Nebraska Academy is an Official Partner Academy of Villarreal C.F. a professional LaLiga Academy from Spain. VNA offers the highest level of player development in Nebraska.  The training provided at VNA is approved by the Academy Director and Coaching Staff at Villarreal C.F.  Committed to a focus on individual player development, our players are well-rounded with a proven curriculum based on Villarreal C.F. international training methods.  Players will learn the game from a cerebral, cognitive and physical aspect. Players make decisions based on intelligence, facts and understanding of the game. VNA teaches players the ability to think and reason, to solve problems. Historically players were only taught the physical aspects of the game, VNA teaches the why, how, and the decision making as well as the physical. 

D.O.C. Jorge A. Sambataro, a professional coach and former professional player, brings international experience and training to Nebraska. VNA is a true Academy Soccer School. The entire coaching staff is dedicated to the good of the academy and the teaching of the player, the coaching staff ensures that at VNA all players and teams are learning the game. Our expert coaching staff is professionally licensed by the USSF, National Soccer Coaches Association of America, or international equivalent. 

Our players are taught and encouraged to be autonomous players, smart players and good people both on and off the field. Players are taught to value discipline, effort, commitment, teamwork, and setting goals. 

Villarreal Nebraska Academy is the only Academy in Nebraska, backed by a professional organization. Villarreal C.F. had beginnings in 1923 and is known as a true player development model internationally. Villarreal C.F. began their USA International Academy program, right here in Nebraska, because of the experienced soccer training and education demonstrated by Jorge A. Sambataro. Villarreal C.F. asked Director Sambataro to start their United States academy.  VNA is the only club in the city, state or region who can to send players and teams to Villarreal C.F. for professional training, tournaments and professional tryouts. 

Additionally, our partnership and membership in USSSA gives our players the direct pathway to Regional and National ID Camps as players are identified in their local and regional play with USSSA.

All the pathways your player can find at VNA, is only limited by their own choosing. It is all here for them to strive for. These options are not for everyone, we are here for everyone at every level to have fun and to learn the game. The opportunities only show our unrivaled pathways.

Players are invited to join the annual membership during team formations in June/July each year. Limited openings may exist  during the year if a player is looking to join mid-year.

2020-2021 Mid-Year Team Formations:
January 4-7, 2021
Signing day: January 8, 2021

Annual 2021-22 Team Formations will take place in June/July 2021:
Specific Dates and Times will be set for Team Formation Events mid-May and will be found HERE!

It is our player development focus and our true Academy beliefs that all players have the opportunity to learn the game correctly.  Therefore, it is our goal to have a team spot for all youth through U15. We believe in forming as many teams as needed for ALL youth interested in learning the game. We fully expect to have a team for players within one of our program level teams.

Player Soccer Year Commitment Timeframe

Offer Acceptance Date 2020 - July 31, 2021, team memberships are an annual committment

Soccer 2020/2021 Age Chart

Soccer Age- Birth Year
U11- 2010
U12 -2009
U13 -2008
U14 -2007
U15 -2006
U16 -2005
U17 -2004
U18 -2003
U19 -2002

Financial Assistance is available
Prices and programs adjust for High School Players, 'Fall Only' or 'No Spring'.
Changes to "plans" are expected as teams are forming.

Players must qualify and apply. Please email [email protected] 

The program costs above include: 

  • Coaching: Academy Coaching and Unrivaled Coach/Player Ratios.
  • Internationally licensed/professional coaching DOC oversight for all teams.
  • Licensed and Experienced Head Coach
  • Licensed Assistant Coach
  • Additional Academy Coach Involvement, coaching collaboration
  • Business and Company Overhead costs,
  • Field/Facility rental fees,
  • Professional Administrative Staff,
  • Training: For the year: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer: including goalkeeper training
  • Villarreal C.F. Academy Membership fees,
  • Villarreal Nebraska Academy Membership fees.

The program cost above does not include:

  • Uniform costs (see below for details),
  • Competition Costs which include: Fall/Winter/Spring leagues, tournament costs or additional league, the anticipated costs are listed, 
  • Player and Family Personal travel costs,
  • Additional Winter Indoor Soccer and/or Futsal League(s) (optional),
  • Private training fees (optional),
  • Soccer Specific Performance Training (optional),
  • College Player Pathway Support (optional),
  • Camp/clinic fees (optional).


Program costs can be paid in full at the time of program registration, or they can be divided into monthly payments as indicated at time of registration. These are not monthly fees, membership fees are for the year, the option for payments can be monthly.

Uniform 2020-2022

  • New Member Uniform Cost $187.37: Warmup Pants and Jacket, Home Kit (Jersey, Short, Socks), Alternate Jersey, Club Backpack.
    Returning Member Kit: $127.73
    New Yellow or Groguet Member Kit: $64.48
    Returning Yellow or Groguet Member Kit: $21.39
    Goal Keeper Kit for Goal Keepers: $63.91

Independent Team Options:

Team formation options are available for independent teams. Please email for more information! [email protected] or [email protected]

Program Overview Details on Each Page

Submarine Classes (U3-U8) Training classes Ages 3-8
Submarine League: Recreational (U5-U12) Seasonal Recreational Games: Kindergarten to 5th Grade
Yellows TEAM (U7-U8) Players with Birth Year 2014 & 2013
Groguet TEAM (U9-U10) Players with Birth Year 2012 & 2011
Select (U11-U18) Competitive Teams mostly Local
Competitive Elite (U11-U18) Competitive Teams some Travel & More Training and Commitment
ULTRA (U15 Girls, U19 Girls, U19 Boys) Competitive Teams Travel, More Training, Direct DOC Involvement
High School Team Details 

Players may request consideration for team formation for an older birth year, for example 2011 birth year players who are U10 may request/ or sign up for the Select Program.


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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