Italy Soccer Academies & Soccer Schools
Youth Year IFX Italy: Soccer Study Abroad Program
From the Tuscan hills where the Renaissance was born through Milan, the world’s center of fashion and design, to the eternal Rome, at every step, Italy’s contemporary life intertwines with art and history.
Home to some of the world’s most successful football clubs such as AC Milan, Juventus, Inter Milan, and Roma, Italy’s people live and breath football. The Serie A, the top Italian professional league, is considered one of the top 4 leagues in the world. Italy’s national team is the second most successful national team in history, achieving 4 World Cup titles and twice the World Cup runner up.
Students who choose an academic year or a semester soccer training program in Italy will live with a host family, attend a local public high school, and play with a competitive Italian soccer club (also known as an Italy Soccer Academy).
For academic year and semester programs, students will attend a local high school with a wide range of coursework and curriculum. We work with many different schools in the cities where we place players. All schools are public schools highly ranked in the Italian educational system.
Normally players are placed in Italian “Licei”, schools. They are usually the more academic kinds of schools preparing students for a university track rather than a vocational track. Within each school, courses always include Italian, Math, English and History. Other subjects are taught as well. Students are placed in schools according to their preferences, abilities, grades, availability and location related to the host family’s home.
All classes will be conducted in Italian. Exposure to Italian in the classroom and in their daily life helps them to master and become fluent in their foreign language skills. You will have an added advantage over other foreign piers with additional exposure to the Italian language through your soccer activities.
Home to some of the world’s most legendary players including Roberto Baggio, Francesco Totti, Paulo Maldini and Alessandro Del Piero, Italy is a dream destination of world footballers. Italy’s national team has held the World Cup trophy 4 times, and the nation’s clubs have conquered the Champions League on twelve occasions.
With a rich history of professional and amateur football, Italy’s extensive league system provides opportunities for all levels of players to compete and develop as players. Enjoying one of the most temperate European climates, Italian football runs year round with quality field conditions even in the dead of winter.
Italian football is known for its rigid defensive emphasis. They are very cautious about the number of players they are committing forward. Players use a variety of skills and the tempo changes often during buildup. Attackers make runs at indirect angles which is unpredictable and difficult to contain. Defenders prefer to slow down the tempo by shielding and playing the ball back. Most Italian teams like to saturate their own half and shut down their opposition.
Catenaccio, or “The Chain”, was a popular Italian tactical system with a strong emphasis on defense and is often thought to be commonplace in Italian football; however, it is actually rarely used any longer by Italian Serie A teams, who instead prefer to apply balanced tactics and formations, mostly 4–3–3, 3–5–2 or 4-4-2.
IFX players are placed within a competitive Italian football club fit to their level. Players are placed within an environment that will challenge the player and allow tremendous opportunity for development, while keeping in mind their physical strength and technical foundation.
The students are placed with volunteer Italian families in the region of Northern Italy: Modena, Reggio Emilia, Verona, Bologna, Parma, Carpi and Mantua, as well as in small communities near these cities. Students are not allowed to choose the community nor the school but rather are placed within a community and family according to their interests, skills, and characteristics.
Many host families are the families of former participants of study abroad programs to the USA, Australia and Canada. The typical Italian family consists of a father, mother and one, two or three children. They live in the mentioned cities or outskirts of the cities. Students must follow the host family rules as the rest of the children in the family do.
In the afternoon students can easily socialize with their friends and family members by gathering on Piazzas or visiting historic places in the city. Attending cultural and sporting events, visiting cafes, ice-cream shops, movie theaters and the occasional disco club are popular social activities of the students.
As you already know, Italy is home to some of the best soccer teams in the world, so you can expect to see soccer everywhere you turn… on T.V., in the stadiums, in the parks, in the newspapers.
- 1 year of Italian language study preferred but not required
- Must be 15-18 years old. (Maximum age of 18.5 at start of program)
- 2.5 GPA or higher (on 4.0 scale)
- A letter to your potential host family in Italian
- Flexible personality; desire to be challenged
|Academic Year||mid Sept – mid June||$13,950||March 31
|Fall Semester||mid Sept – early Feb||$12,700||March 31
|Spring Semester||early Feb – mid June||$12,700||Oct 1
LATE APPLICATIONS CONSIDERED ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS
*All dates are approximations and vary from year to year
NOTE: The IFX program to Italy has limited capacity, so students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadlines.
FACTORS TO CONSIDER
In order to apply for an Italian visa, students may be required to apply in person at one of the Italian consulates in the United States or in your country of origin. Depending on where you live, this may require travel. In order to find the Italian consulate that covers your region in the United States, go to http://www.ambwashingtondc.esteri.it/Ambasciata_Washington. It is also important to note that the visa application process can take up to 2 months to complete.
- Round-trip airfare from a major international airport near your home including domestic and international flights
- Airport transfers on arrival and departure
- Homestay accommodation including meals with your host family
- Placement in a local high school
- Placement with a local competitive soccer club (Italian Soccer Academy)
- Weekly soccer training
- Participation in all soccer club tournaments, league matches, training sessions, etc, upon approval of registration by National and Regional Federations subject to FIFA transfer restrictions.
- Soccer league fees and club gear (shoes not included).
- Supervision and support by a Community Representative
- Ongoing support of soccer program aspect
- Post-program support for college recruitment process including letters of recommendation
- Assistance with student visa application process
- Student health and accident insurance
- 24-hour emergency assistance
- Arrival orientation in host community
- Supervision, guidance, and support during the application process and throughout the program
- Italian High School certificate
PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Passport and visa application fees as applicable
- Personal expenses (e.g., toiletries, clothing, internet, calling card, activities)
- School expenses (e.g., private school tuition, uniform/lunches, if required, supplies, books, bus/train pass)
- Any other item not specified