Choices International are pleased to announce that three Internationalplayers from their West Ham United Foundation (WHUF) International Academy Programme have been selected to participate in National Football Youth League (NFYL) U23 All-Star Trial

The Academy of Football by Choices International.

This September we have just kicked off the 2022/23 season of the West Ham United Foundation International Academy of Football. A high-performance academy where footballers from all over the world are able to train, develop and compete under a first division club with the support of a expert multidisciplinary team. The Academy of Football offers players a unique opportunity to discover their maximum potential and excel on and off the field.

For this new season we will have players of 15 different nationalities, who will live and learn the ‘West Ham way’, one of the Premier league clubs with the longest and most successful track records in academy football.

Choices International is proud to offer this comprehensive academy programme to students-athletes from all over the world from the age of 16 with annual, semester and term programmes available.

Are you a North American soccer player, 16-21, with the talent and ambition to compete against the best in the UK? If so, this is your opportunity as the Academy of Football is now launching a nationwide Talent ID search

The Academy of West Ham United F.C is recognised as one of the most successful football academies in the world, hence its nickname “The Academy of Football”. Premier League stars such as Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, John Terry, Mark Noble and recent sensation Declan Rice, to name just a few, passed through their youth system before breaking into top-flight football.

The Academy and its Foundation are not only devoted to the education and development of young English players but are also now opening their doors to young international players through its unique partnership with Choices International – a leading sports organisation – creating a world-class player development programme which will give international youth talent the opportunity to develop and compete at the highest levels.

The Academy of Football is recruiting nationwide USA and Canada Talent ID

West Ham United F.C Academy offers this unique pathway to American and Canadian players looking to discover their maximum potential and excel on and off the field. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will give players the chance to play showcase matches against some of the best academy teams in the country and depending on your choice of programme, play in the National Youth Football League.

The Academy of Football is launching a Talent ID search across North America for players between the age of 16 and 21. We are also recruiting for the WHU Academy Women’s U21s Shadow Squad and the WHU Foundation Men’s U23s Squad.

Both squads will participate in the National Youth Football League and Cup Tournament. All players on all programmes will follow the same methodology as the academy players and have access to the latest technology and experts to guide them in their development.

“We are delighted to be able to offer a world-leading programme with West Ham United; a club that has led the way in developing elite soccer talent” Inma Sanchez, Choices International.

Interested players should inquire if they can qualify by completing our APPLY NOW form at the top of this page. Player highlight videos are required to apply for a place. Partial Scholarships may be awarded to highly talented players.

The Academy is currently selecting players for the next intake in September / October, but  places are limited.

 Please be aware that the minimum age required to enter The Academy of Football is 16 years of age.

We are offering a full portfolio of academic programmes to be combined with the elite football training, however, there are also options for participants that wish to focus solely on achieving their highest-performance level in football techniques and tactics without academic studies.

All participants will enjoy the unique advantages of training in a Premier League Club Academy environment with all the opportunities that this implies.

You will be training under leading coaches within the West Ham United  Player Development coaching team . This provides day2day visibility of players abilities and progress.  
In addition, showcase events provide formal opportunities for you to be seen by leading scouts at West Ham United and other leading clubs. Certainly, this will give you the best option if they think that you are good enough to  be pick up as an official player.  Please, be aware that we cannot guaranty entrance to the club.

Come and join us!

West Ham United Women are delighted to announce the signing of Zaneta Wyne. 

The 30-year-old midfielder makes the move to east London from Scottish Women’s Premier League side Glasgow City and will wear the No2 shirt. 

A versatile and experienced footballer, Wyne worked with Manager Olli Harder at his previous club, Klepp IL. 

Wyne also has previous WSL experience, having played for Sunderland in the 2017/18 season. 

And the California native can’t wait to return to the top level of women’s football at West Ham United. 

“I’m super excited to be joining West Ham United!” she said. “I’m really pleased to be back in the Women’s Super League again and can’t wait to get started. 

“I respect Olli a lot as a coach, he’s a good guy and works incredibly hard. I just want to play for him, so I’m looking forward to creating some new memories and hopefully bringing some success to the club.” 

Olli Harder spoke of his delight in securing the signing of Wyne.

“Zaneta is somebody that will bring a lot of experience and technical quality to the team,” he added. “She’s played in a number of countries across the world and somebody who I’ve worked with before. I know that she will bring a lot of positive energy to the team. 

“She is somebody that we believe will represent the football club in the best possible manner.”

Born in Newport Beach, California in 1990, Wyne began her footballing journey at high school, playing for the girls’ varsity team before heading off to the University of New Mexico. Whilst studying, the midfielder played for the New Mexico Lobos, before moving on the participate in the Women’s Premier Soccer League with the San Diego SeaLions. 

Wyne then moved to Finnish club GBK Kokkola before moving on the Iceland’s Víkingyr Ólafvík in 2014, playing 16 times and scoring three goals. 

The versatile midfielder then made the move to Apollon Ladies of Limassol, Cyprus – where she would help the team clinch the Cypriot First Division title and Cypriot Cup in her only season. 

West Ham United Foundation is delighted to announce a new partnership with leading international sports programme provider Choices International.

The partnership will see the delivery of a new year-round Academy of Football initiative, based in London, for 16 to 21-year-olds from around the world. The programme will follow the methodology of the Club which has a rich history in developing some of the world’s best players, including the likes of Bobby Moore, Rio Ferdinand and current England international, Declan Rice.

Head of Football Development at the Foundation, Bryan Glover, said: “We are proud to be partnering with Choices International to offer this unique talent development programme. This is a natural step for our international delivery, where we can help even more young people unlock their full potential on and off the pitch.”

Inma Sánchez, Choices International Managing Director, commented: “This exciting Academy of Football programme with West Ham United Foundation is giving young people the chance to experience a professional, elite training environment where they can continue their education and achieve their football goals as well as explore the exciting city of London. We’re looking forward to welcoming participants, players and groups from around the world.”

To find out more, click here.

Choice international, in exclusive partnership with West Ham United Foundation, is pleased to announce the formal opening of The International Academy of Football.

West Ham United FC is one of  the leading and most famous teams within the English Premier League and is regarded by many as the ‘Academy of football’ due to its proud history of developing world-class players within its PlayerDevelopment Programme and is known as the Academy of Football due to its proud history of developing world-class players within the Player Development Programme. Among the many illustrious names to have emerged from the Academy are England World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, current England international Declan Rice and club captain Mark Noble. 

The new International Academy of Football Programme presents international student-athletes with the opportunity to experience world-class training and match-play under the direction of the West Ham United Foundation coaching team.

Importantly, The Academy programme provides the opportunity for student-athletes to measure themselves against the best, be seen by leading scouts, and at the same time, complete a first-class education. Our team provides support and guidance to help student-athletes maximise their success on the field; whilst providing opportunities for trying out for US Sports Scholarships and gaining professional coaching, scouting and referee qualifications. The programme incorporates a solid educational foundation and offers participants a range of qualifications; including university pathway programmes, Higher National Diplomas, A levels and BTEC Sports Management diplomas.  In addition, students may study SAT, TOEFL, IELTS or intensive English courses.

The programme opens up a wide range of career opportunities; whether as a professional player or by pursuing an academic and/or Management role. Participants can choose to pursue ambitions as a professional player, coach, progress to a US university with a sports scholarship or receive a sports degree in England. This is an elite programme designed for student-athletes with the ambition and talent to succeed.

For more information, please contact us!

The Academy Team