International Center of European Football, France:
Welcome to Europe’s top-rated football (soccer) boarding school for male student-athletes between 11 and 23 years old! ICEF provides year-round football and academic programs taught in English and French from Middle School & High School through Bachelor's & Master's degrees (529 plan and student loans accepted). ICEF's professional football programs are implemented by a UEFA / FFF licensed coaching staff and youth development experts. Student-athletes enrolled in the 10-month Pro Residency program are eligible to join the Academy’s club, competing at the French national level, Thonon Evian Grand Geneve FC. They also participate in elite competitions established in partnership with highly regarded partner clubs, with at least 25 competitive games and 3 European football tournaments per season. ICEF's official Pro Residency Program is available for 10 months, with shorter 3 month, 1 month, 1 and 2 week intensive camp experiences available in the Summer, Fall and Spring.
• The International Center of European Football was established in Europe in 2017 in Evian (in south-eastern France in the Greater Geneva area), and since then, we convey the excellence of the European football (soccer) methodology throughout the world.
• All aspects of our football (soccer) boarding school, including programs, staff, amenities, and facilities, exceed the necessary requirements to offer talented young football players, from around the world, a unique chance to reach the next level. We provide the best-in-class European methodology, and coaching through an expert youth development staff who are all UEFA and/or FFF licensed, and who develop smart, physically prepared and mentally strong football players capable of succeeding at the next level.
• ICEF student-athletes live, play, and study in a safe environment, where safety and health standards have been reinforced to provide an even safer campus to all student-athletes for the peace of mind of their families.
• At the International Center of European Football, players reach their maximum potential and enhance individual and collective performance. We build smart, physically prepared and mentally strong players capable of succeeding at the next level. Individualized development programs and exposure opportunities lead players to top professional organizations and prestigious universities around the world.
ICEF provides the professional training and preparation required to play at the highest level of football in the world. The programs and facilities are designed to foster and expertly develop high-potential football players with a clearly-defined goal: To kickstart or mature their professional football careers.
• Individual focus and physical development
• Tactical setup & position-specific training
• Technical skills exercises
• Video analysis and tactical studies
• Elite competition and scouting opportunities.
A Truly Global Academy:
The International Center of European Football offers a truly multicultural environment with students coming from countries around the globe including Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Germany, India, Iraq, Iran, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kenya, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Qatar, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, UAE, UK, USA, Venezuela and more.
Elite Competition at the Highest Level in the French League:
• The International Center of European Football’s missions are to develop, prepare and expose high potential soccer players to the official leagues in Europe.
• ICEF carefully builds competition programs with highly regarded partner clubs, providing players with at least 25 competitive games and participation in 3 European soccer tournaments.
• Also, we own Thonon Evian Grand Geneve FC, the Greater Geneva area’s biggest soccer club, which offers unique opportunities for our student-athletes to kickstart their professional soccer careers and be exposed to D1, D2 top European clubs.
MEN’S TEAM NATIONAL RECORDS
• 2010 | Champion of National League (3rd Division)
• 2011 | Champion of French Ligue 2
• 2011 | French Cup Finalist
• 2012-2015 | 4 seasons in the French Ligue 1
The International Center of European Football is committed to providing educational programs that prepare student-athletes for academic excellence, partnered with a culturally enriching environment.
You will benefit from excellent academic preparation, whether you are in middle or high school, through the American High School program at our partner school Sainte Croix des Neiges, or pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree at one of our partner universities, Webster University or Geneva Business School. (use your 529 plan and student loans).
• The program length for the boarding school is 10 months from August (2020, 2021, 2022) through June (2021, 2022, 2023).
• Small class sizes allow for individualized attention, to better meet the needs of each student.
• School schedules are adapted to allow student-athletes to fully benefit from both football and academic programs.
• We also offer shorter 3 month, 1 month, 1 & 2 week experiences that are available in the fall, spring and summer.
Academic Programs available:
+ French Middle & High School - “French Baccalaureate” (French)
+ American Middle & High School - Grades 8th – 12th (English)
+ Cambridge Educational Program - Grades 9th through 12th (English)
+ Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (studied in English or French)
+ SAT & ACT / College Advisors
+ French & English language classes
• Study and play in a safe, private, and enclosed campus.
• Most countries in Europe have entered phase-3 of reopening and life is getting back to normal while schools and sports organizations are fully operating.
• Live, play, and study in a safe environment. The Greater Geneva area benefits from being one of Europe’s low-risk areas, with a low population density. Switzerland and the Evian-les-Bains region, where our center is located, are amongst the safest and healthiest in Europe. Our team has elevated and reinforced our standards to provide an even safer campus to all student-athletes for the peace of mind of their families.
• The International Center of European Football is designed to accommodate, develop and expose international players coming from all over the world to receive the excellence of European methodology.
• Our programs are open to boys from 11 years old through 23 years old.
• Whether your objective is to prepare for a serious career in football worldwide or obtain a scholarship in a university in the U.S., our 10-month Pro Residency Program is made for you.
Lifestyle in Evian, France:
• Located only 40 minutes from Geneva International Airport and 2 hours 30 minutes from Lyon–Saint Exupery Airport, ICEF is situated in Evian-les-Bains, France, surrounded by breathtaking mountains, lakes, and forests, close to the border with Switzerland. Recognized worldwide as a region with some of the purest spring water, Evian is the ultimate European destination for a healthy lifestyle.
• The area annually welcomes numerous tourists, families, top athletes, and world-class events. It’s also one of the top destinations in Europe for pro clubs and teams such as Liverpool F.C., Paris Saint-Germain F.C., Leicester City F.C., Southampton F.C., and Fulham F.C.
• National teams of Germany, Paraguay, Ivory Coast and Jordan women’s national the team have also chosen Evian, by Lake Geneva, as their favorite the destination for pre-season training.
• "ICEF guarantees every international player receives the excellence of European methodology."
- Regis BEUNARDEAU, Pro U19 Coach | Paris Saint Germain FC
• "ICEF is the only institution providing opportunities to international players and willing to showcase their talents to take their future careers to the next level."
- Maxime LEGENDRE, Pro Scout | Henner Sports
• "ICEF provides everything I loved when I was a student-athlete: a solid background added to individual attention for every single player!"
- Carlos Eduardo RINCON, Pro Player | Inter Milan FC
• "At ICEF, you work on your ability to take decisions and your capacity to be a leader. Quite simply, you learn football from the best coaches in the world."
- Bruno PERONE, Pro Player | Real Zaragoza FC
• "A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that makes the dreams of elite international players come true, allowing them to live like pro players!"
- Otavio Henrique SANTOS, Pro Player | FC Girondins de Bordeaux
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|Address: Chemin des Chapelles, Evian-les-Bains, France|
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