The Choice of Excellence

ICEF’s UEFA / FFF licensed technical staff forges the next generation of leaders that will bring respect, self-discipline, and commitment to the sports industry through the best-in-class European methodology.

  • UEFA / FFF licensed Technical Staff
  • Methodology modeled after the French Federation of Football
  • Highest official competition in Europe
  • Internship placement in Professional Clubs.


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10 Month Pro Residency

The choice of excellence

ICEF football programs are designed to promote the highest values of football and to develop confident and successful adults. By striving for excellence and taking full advantage of European methodologies each student-athlete matures a competitive advantage to build a successful life on and off the field.

Methodology and Program Designed by UEFA / FFF Certified Technical Director

American High School and IB Program (Grade 9th – 12th)

Top-of-the line professional amenities and facilities

International Experience – Excursions to Paris, Geneva, the Alps, and more

NCAA Approved Preparation (SAT, TOEFL)

Exposure to Professional Football Clubs

Highest level of official youth leagues in Europe

UEFA / FFF Licensed Coaching Staff Specializing in Youth Development

The ultimate life changing experience!

Professional Football

Technical programs are implemented by official French Federation of Football staff along with the best-in-class European methodology, integrating the six fundamentals of professional football:

    • Mastery of technical skills
    • Pursuit of top performance
    • Commitment to physical preparation
    • Mental conditioning and leadership
    • Understanding and vision of the game
    • Responsible and smart injury prevention

ICEF’s all-inclusive 10-month technical program is designed to bring student-athletes to their highest potential according to their age performance objectives. Athletes push and exceed their limits to reach a professional level and prepare to enter in any professional club in Europe.

Premium Academics

Beyond football, the International Center of European Football prepares students with world-class academic preparation at every level. ICEF is committed to enhancing every student-athlete’s education through a comprehensive approach so that progress is not compromised when a student-athlete pursues their dream in Europe.

Students can choose from the following educational program options:

  • US High School
  • IB Program

Classes are taught at a private school established in 1948, Sainte Croix des Neige by professional educators dedicated to international studies. Classes are specifically adapted to ICEF students, their needs and schedules.

Competition

The International Center of European Football enjoys an envied reputation and exclusive relationships with prominent football clubs in France and throughout Europe. During the season, student-athletes will be immersed in the highest level of youth competition in Europe.

  • Placement in Thonon Evian Grand Genève FC

ICEF owns and powers the biggest football club in the Geneva area formerly playing in the French Pro First Division, Thonon Evian Grand Genève FC, comprised of elite players from U8 through Senior. Throughout the season, qualified players from the center are selected to join the elite club teams to compete in the official league in Europe and kickstart their professional careers.

Historical Records of the Professional Senior Team:

  • 2012-2015: 4 seasons in the French Premier League
  • 2013: French Cup Finals
  • 2011: Champions of French Ligue 2
  • 2010: Champions in National League (3rd Division)
  • Elite competition program

ICEF has designed a professional competition program featuring 20 games and 2 major tournaments in Europe.

ICEF partners with the most exclusive tournaments around Europe and the United States to showcase players.

Excursions

Life at the center is balanced by training, academics and the full international experience. Student-athletes participate in multiple leisure and excursion opportunities including, but not limited to:

  • Sailing on Lake Geneva
  • Hiking in the Alps
  • Skiing in Les Gets (Ski resort in the Alps, ICEF Partner)
  • Geneva city tour
  • Golfing at the Evian Championship course

Student-athletes may also choose to participate in the annual field trip to Paris!

Get the best of the European professional football preparation!

Featuring Thonon Evian Grand Geneve FC

The ICEF owns and operates the biggest football club in the Grand Geneve area. Play in Thonon Evian Grand Geneve FC and compete in the highest official leagues in Europe in the following categories: U16 – U18 – U19 – Seniors – Women.

FAQ

Do I have to tryout?

Oui! All student-athletes must be professionally assessed by ICEF’s technical staff and be selected to enroll to the 10-month program. Tryouts are hosted throughout the season, all over the world, and only the top 50 players will be selected.

Where is the center located?

The International Center of European Football is located in Evian, France, close the Swiss border, 30 minutes from Geneva International Airport. All student-athletes live, learn and compete at the crossroads of the most successful professional football clubs in the world.

Do I need a visa to participate?

Oui! All non-EU citizens participating in the 10-month Pro Residency Program will need to apply for a student visa delivered under the condition of enrolling in one ICEF’s educational program options. ICEF supports every family in the process.

Who is the center designed for?

The 10-Month Pro Residency Program is open to boys and girls born between 2001 and 2006. This program is exclusively reserved for elite, high potential and experienced players.

Choose your experience

Get professionaly assessed by ICEF's recruitment team and see if you have the level to join the most exclusive football center in Europe!

Live Info Session

Free

All you need to know about ICEF
45 min. online webinar and Q&A

US Elite Tryouts

$ 229

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