September 29th, 2015
American Jose Zamora of New Jersey, USA on extended trial with San Fernando
Cádiz, Spain - Since early September, Jose Zamora, a Midfielder in the Pro IFX Year IFX program, has been on trial with third division club San Fernando (Tercera Division). San Fernando, a close partner of IFX in the southern Spain region of Cádiz, has a long history of success at the highest tier of semi-professional and even professional football in Spain. Most recently San Fernando competed in Spain's third highest division, Segunda B, a professional league just two tiers below the Spanish la Liga. After a disappointing 2013-14 season, San Fernando was relegated again to the Tercera Division in which they now compete.
Jose Zamora has a great challenge ahead of him to be selected for this top tier Andalucian club. At this point it is unclear whether Zamora will remain as a candidate for getting a roster slot or not, but his ability to ad......
September 28th, 2015
Money and Soccer- A Soccernomics Guide (Szymanski)
Szymanski presents many chapters in Money and Soccer that carefully analyze various world football topics as it relates to the economic correlation of success in football (soccer). British journalist, Simon Kuper prefaces Money and Soccer after having worked on the 2009 best seller (Soccernomics).
Szymanski, a professor of sports management at the University of Michigan, analytically looks at topics that surround the success of football clubs and their historic relevance as it relates to their success from an economic point of view. Szymanski introduces his chapters with such precision that the book comes full circle and leaving the readers with wanting more analysis. Readers can expect to be drawn forward as the author examines many ideologies: being successful, staying afloat, and prefaces what the future could hold from a statistical analysis. Themes touched upon include why Real Madrid is the force of Spanish football, both past and present, an analyzation of the football pyramid structure across Europe's footballin......
September 23rd, 2015
Amateur Soccer in North America. NORCAL Premier League Spotlight
Today's theme highlights an ambitious amateur soccer club out of San Francisco, California. San Francisco City FC was founded in 2001 and is a registered non-profit and supporter-owned club. Our very own IFX Ballistic Men's team of the NORCAL Premier League recently squared off in league play with IFX falling short 3:2 (match report below).
Both clubs highlight top collegiate, semi-pros and ex-pros. More information on IFX Ballistic can be found here.
IFX (International Futbol X-Change) offers the opportunity for youth and senior players looking to compete throughout various destinations across Europe as well as in South America. More information can be found here.
Lamar Hunt US Open Cup
San Francisco recently competed in the history Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Club competition, falling to Cal FC 2:1 in front of a record crowd of 1,519 spectators at the historic Kezar Stadium- the old home of the NFL's 49ers.
The Lamar Hunt Open Cu......
International Soccer Camps, European Soccer Camps, Residential Soccer Camps
Since 2003, International Fútbol X-Change (IFX) has been a leading international soccer organization offering unique and Elite International Soccer Camps, Soccer Academies, and Soccer Training Programs in Europe and South America:
British Soccer Camps, Soccer Schools & Academies in England
Spain Soccer Camps, Soccer Schools & Academies in Spain
Germany Soccer Camps, Soccer Schools & Academies in Germany
Italy Soccer Camps, Soccer Schools & Academies in Italy
- Italy Soccer Camps: Europe Soccer Camps with Professional Italian Football Clubs – Coming Soon!
- Italy Football Training Program Soccer Study Abroad in Italy for High School soccer players. Geared towards US Youth Soccer Development Academy players and other competitive players from around the world. (Ages 15 – 19) Youth Year IFX Italy
Brazilian Soccer Camps, Soccer Schools & Academies in Brazil
- Brazilian Soccer Academies Year long Brazilian soccer training program for youth soccer players in high school. High school student exchange in Brazil with Futbol. (Aged 15 – 19) Youth Year IFX Brazil
Goalkeeper Camps, Soccer Goalie Training & Goalkeeper Academy in Europe
IFX has extensive experience working with goalkeepers and goalkeeper training is available within all of our soccer camp and international soccer training programs. Specific goalkeeper camps are available as a part of most of our Youth Soccer Camps and our Pro IFX 30 Day Germany program.
Semester & Year Long Soccer Academies & Soccer Programs
SOCCER EXCHANGE: COMPETE WITH AN INTERNATIONAL SOCCER CLUB
The Youth Year IFX program, a soccer exchange program and the latest alternative to international soccer academies, soccer camps, and boarding soccer schools, gives high school soccer players the opportunity to compete within a foreign youth soccer club while studying abroad at a foreign high school and living with a host family.
Sebastian Mantello, above, a 16 year-old from Melbourne Australia, trained with Hamburger SV of the German Youth Bundesliga, during his Youth Year IFX experience with Bavarian powerhouse club, FC Schweinfurt 05 where he competed for the 2007-8 season.
Click Here to read about his experience!
With official partnerships with academic exchange institutions, the IFX soccer exchange program provides a unique opportunity for immersion into a foreign culture through soccer.
Most international soccer camps and soccer boarding schools train participating players in large groups amongst themselves, but our soccer exchange program enables players to:
- Participate in the normal training activities of the foreign soccer club
- Compete as fully registered players of the youth team according to their age subject to FIFA regulations and approval by National and State Soccer Federations
- Learn from licensed European soccer trainers
- Learn from other highly competitive European soccer players
This advantage of being the sole IFX participant on the foreign squad forces rapid technical development and enhances the players’ ability to learn and adapt to a foreign environment. Players also learn tremendous life skills in communication, foreign language, and take away a heightened sense of accomplishment.
The program is open to both high school age girls and boys, who have a good scholastic record, a strong interest and desire to excel in soccer, an interest in experiencing a foreign culture and language and are looking for an alternative to an international soccer academy.
The Youth Summer IFX, our Summer Soccer Camps alternative, also provides young American players with a unique two-week long summer program.