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The game that would later be called “football” originated in the early 1800s, when coaches from a small number of British universities, including Cambridge University, adapted a medieval game originating in Ancient Greece.

While European football’s popularity has been on a steady rise in the United States, it has always been Europe’s #1 game, one that has eventually become a tradition in many European countries. Home to a multitude of professional football leagues and clubs, Europe fosters the best players from around the world, who compete for a coveted roster spot on its array of teams. Playing in Europe is the ultimate dream for all the football lovers around the world.

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Europe is the home of player development

With two hundred years of play and evolution leading to expertise in player development, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) boasts the best methodology and the highest-ranked technical staff in the amateur and professional leagues. Yet, what truly makes the association unique today is the quality of its competition system, responsible for the smartest game approaches judging by the quality of the Champions League championship.

The way that the competition is organized guarantees the highest rate of player development in the world through a pyramid where every team and player have a chance to evolve through a fair system of promotion and relegation.

Best-in-class UEFA methodology

At the International Center of European Football, we implement the best-in-class UEFA methodologies to build smart players capable of performing in all game situations. ICEF is Europe’s official football institution providing international student-athletes the professional training and preparation required to play at the highest level of football in the world.
The International Center of European Football’s missions are to prepare, develop and expose high potential football players with impeccable work ethic and performance to the official leagues in Europe.

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Elite competition program

CEF carefully builds competition programs with highly regarded professional D1 and D2 partner clubs, providing players with participation in at least 25 competitive games and 3 European soccer tournaments.
ICEF is partnered with prestigious European clubs in order to provide a valuable competition program and unique exposure opportunities to its players. Partner clubs include AS Monaco, FC Lyon, Servette Genève, Strasbourg, Grenoble, Paris FC, OL Olympique Lyonnais, ASSE, Clermont Ferrand.

Competing at the French national level

The most advanced players enrolled in the 10-month Pro Residency program are selected to join ICEF’s club Thonon Evian Grand Geneve FC, competing at the French national level in official leagues established by the French Federation of Football.
Thonon Evian Grand Geneve FC is also the biggest soccer club in the Greater Geneva area with 3 elite senior teams competing at the national level and 10 elite youth teams competing in the 1st division in official youth French leagues.


2010 | Champion of National League
2011 | Champion of French Ligue 2
2011 | French Cup Finalist
2012-2015 | 4 seasons in the French Ligue 1

ICEF International Center of European Football - Boarding soccer academy in Europe
ICEF International Center of European Football - Boarding soccer academy in Europe

ICEF’s programs are designed to help elite players reach their highest potential in order to pursue a professional football career or build a competitive advantage and unique profile to stand out in the college application and recruitment processes through:

  • Individual focus and physical development
  • College and football advisors
  • Tactical setup & position-specific training
  • Technical skills exercises
  • Video analysis and tactical studies
  • Elite competition and scouting opportunities