LEAD Monrovia Football Academy

Work Hard. Be a Leader. Dream Big.


LEAD Monrovia Football Academy

Work Hard. Be a Leader. Dream Big.

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LEAD Africa is a network of progressive leadership academies that empower Africa's future leaders through quality education and sport. LEAD was borne out of the success of its flagship, LEAD Monrovia Football Academy, which was founded in 2015. Click here to learn more about LEAD [+].

LEAD Monrovia Football Academy is the first school in Liberia to combine High-quality education with elite football development.

LEAD Monrovia Football Academy provides Liberia's talented youth with academic classes, football training, and life skills lessons to improve academic performance, break down gender barriers, and prepare our students to lead positive change in Liberia. In the 2017-18 school year, we have 41 boys and 27 girls, ages 8-14, in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. Our students are with us from 8:00am-6:00pm, Monday-Friday, with breakfast, life skills lessons, and football training in the morning, lunch at noon, and academic classes in the afternoon. We also hold academic classes on Saturday mornings.

The Academy currently operates in rented facilities, with football training held at BYC Field and Antoinette Tubman Stadium (corner of Lynch Street & UN Drive in Central Monrovia), and academic classes held in classrooms rented from Muslim Congress High School (Mechlin Street in Central Monrovia). We aim to move into our own residential facilities by September 2020.

The Academy is an independent nonprofit organization. We are not linked to any one academic institution, football club, political party, or ethnic origin. The Academy exists to prepare talented boys and girls to lead positive change in Liberia. We hope that you will join us!


Quality Education

We uniquely use football – the most popular sport in Liberia – as a positive-incentive mechanism to encourage our students to attend school and improve academic performance.


Professional Football Coaching

We deliver professional coaching and a comprehensive football curriculum that disrupts bad habits, introduces fundamental techniques, and encourages our student-athletes to "think the game" at a high level.

Gender Equality

We use education and football to break down gender barriers. By studying and training with the boys – and often outperforming them both in the classroom and on the pitch – our girls have a sense of empowerment that they themselves vocalize.

Good Nutrition

We ensure our student-athletes have balanced, nutrient-rich diets. On a daily basis, we provide a snack before training, classic Liberian meals for lunch, and water throughout the day. 


Life Skills

Academic classes and football practices are supplemented with life skills lessons on a daily basis. 'Life skills' is a vague concept, but we focus on four key, culturally-relevant areas: leadership, enthusiasm, accountability, and discipline (LEAD).


Each of our staff members is insured through Activa Liberia, while our student-athletes receive on-site treatment from our medic, Agnes Togbah. Moving forward, we are exploring options to insure each of our student-athletes at a reputable clinic near the Academy. 



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Apply to the Academy: Exams and Tryouts for the 2019-20 school year to be held from April-June 2019


Apply to the Academy: Exams and Tryouts for the 2019-20 school year to be held from April-June 2019

2019 Orange-MFA Youth Football Festival – Dates TBD

2019 Open Application Day in Monrovia – Date TBD

Applicants from Montserrado County will have the opportunity to apply. See all details below:

- Date: TBD
- Time: TBD
- Location: BYC Field (Lynch Street & UN Drive, Central Monrovia)
- Ages: 8-15


Monrovia Football Academy will begin the application process for the 2019-20 school year in April 2019. In addition to conducting targeted recruitment of Liberia's most talented boys and girls, we will accept unsolicited applications from anyone who meets our eligibility requirements. In the 2019-20 school year, we will have 110 student-athletes in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. With 92 student-athletes returning in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, most of the open slots will be in the 3rd grade.

Eligibility Requirements

In the 2019-20 school year, we will have children between the ages of 7 and 15. Therefore, applicants born between September 1, 2003 and September 1, 2012 are eligible to apply. Boys and girls of all academic and football backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

We provide housing with vetted host families to a small percentage of our student-athletes. If you live outside of Monrovia and are interested in applying, please continue to follow our website and social media pages for updates on potential 'open application days' in your community.


All applicants are required to complete our entrance examination, which is comprised of end of 2nd, end of 3rd, end of 4th, end of 5th, end of 6th, and end of 7th-grade test questions. In Liberia, academic standards vary greatly from school to school. Instead of creating five separate entrance exams and guessing which one an applicant should take, this approach enables us to assess academic ability regardless of age and previous grade.

In addition, all unsolicited applicants are required to compete in a one-day football tournament. These football tryouts are organized by age group. 

Step 1: Academic Proficiency
To be considered, the applicant must achieve a 50% or higher on the entrance exam, and he/she must present an academic transcript or a letter from a previous teacher that shows a history of strong academic performance. Education is our top priority, and we must ensure that our student-athletes are equally engaged and capable in the classroom.

Step 2: Football Potential
Once the applicant achieves a 50% or higher on the exam, then MFA staff observe the applicant's football ability and potential. Applicants are not required to be polished footballers. In fact, they might not have played football before. What we are searching for is children with potential and the determination, enthusiasm, and grit required to succeed as a footballer.

Step 3: Interviews
If the applicant meets our academic and football standards, then the applicant and his/her parents are called for an interview with MFA staff. These interviews are brief, and their purpose is to give MFA staff an understanding of the applicant's home environment. Can he/she study at night? Does he/she have siblings who are in school? Where do his/her parents work? None of these questions are determinant – we do not select our student-athletes based on the answers. Rather, they serve to give MFA staff a more complete picture of the applicant's background so that we can more accurately assess the applicant's academic and football potential. 

Step 4: Training Camp
After the interviews, MFA staff select a final set of applicants for a one-week training camp in August. Those selected participate in a normal week of classes, football training, and life skills exercises, giving MFA staff a chance to see them as student-athletes at Monrovia Football Academy.

Step 5: The Selection
At the end of the training camp, MFA staff hold a final meeting and select the new members of Monrovia Football Academy. All applicants in this final phase are notified of our final decision.

School Fees


Student-athletes at Monrovia Football Academy will be required to pay US $200 for the 2019-20 school year. The payment must be made upfront.

**PLEASE NOTE: The Academy offers financial assistance on a case-by-case basis. We select our students based on merit, without regard to external factors such as income, ethnicity, gender, religion, etc. Please do not let the school fees stop you from applying!

Supplies provided by the Academy

While school fees cover a very small part of our expenses, they are nonetheless an important part of our revenue model. With the US $200 payment, each student-athlete receives:

- 7 vitamin-enriched breakfasts per week
- 7 nutritious lunches per week
- 7 nutritious dinners per week
- Clean drinking water throughout the week
- Post-training snacks throughout the week
- School uniform
- All textbooks
- Notepads and copy books
- Pens/pencils
- Weekly computer literacy class
- Football uniform
- MFA t-shirt
- Football boots
- Football shorts
- Football socks
- Shin guards
- Any other relevant academic supplies and football equipment