SESA Football Academy, which aims to spot, nurture, and create conditions for discovering, and building talent for Indian football runs on a residential basis, imparts systematic and scientific football training through its team of national and international football experts, grooming youngsters to become full-fledged professional players. The academy takes care of the formal education of the trainees, during the four-year training period, at its Sankhali and Sirsaim premises.
Since inception, SFA has trained more than 175 footballers at the residential academies and impacted over 500 youth players in the communities through football initiatives taken for the football fraternity in Goa, as well as across India.
Some of the past graduates from SFA have been and are serving in the national teams, the Indian Super League (ISL) clubs, I-League clubs of India and local clubs in Goa. Seven players have earned the national team cap and eight players played the elite ISL last season.
SFA has two campuses: (1) Sanquelim Campus where 18 students at every two years are selected for training making a total of 36 students at a time in the residential campus; (2) Sirsaim campus which has 30 trainees in its four-year residential program, with a pack of 15 students admitted every two years at the campus. In addition to that, there is a non-residential training of two years which includes practical and theoretical training twice a week for the school students under the age of 14 years.
Over the past two years, Sesa Football Academy has committed to football development beyond the residential academies by Vedanta sponsoring and institutionalizing the Goa Women’s Football League in the state. In the first edition, the state saw tremendous participation of 137 women players and has been termed as historic by the Chief Minister of the state.