Welcome to the JPL GCC Cup Series

Andrew Collins


Football has been a part of my life since I was able to walk.

Initially, I played football for my local club in Bournemouth, where I later represented the county of Dorset in county football. After realizing my dream of playing professional football was not going to happen I turned my hand to coaching at age 20.

As a coach with Arsenal, I spent seven years working not only in the United Kingdom, but also in Vietnam, Kuwait, Bahrain, Thailand, and Saudi Arabia. In 2017 I became the head coach of the Juventus Academy in Bahrain.

I currently hold an AFC A license and a UEFA B license in coaching

As a coach, I have worked with both boys and girls, from toddlers to adults, from amateur level to international level.

I started the first-ever FIFA-recognized women’s league back in 2015 in Bahrain. From there, I created the first-ever GCC Cup competition in 2016, which was initially created exclusively for Arsenal Academies in the Middle East. I then introduced the much-needed grassroots football league for U8s to U16 in 2017.

In 2017 the GCC Cup changed to become exclusive to Juventus academies only. This year the competition was opened up to other academies, including academies such as Manchester City and PSG.

One of the most enjoyable and memorable aspects of my childhood was playing youth football. Thus, I am passionate about creating those same memories for the next generation in the most ideal environment possible.

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