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The cancellation of most elite soccer leagues like USL League 2 have unfortunately put training and competition on hold for all U18+ players for an extended period bringing so many uncertainties for the 2020-2021 soccer season in the U.S.

That’s why, the International Center of European Football, Europe’s top-rated soccer residency academy is an excellent choice for a professional player preparation in a safe and low-density population area. Below are the top reasons why:



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Soccer Training

Learn the Excellence of European Football

The UEFA methodology builds smart players capable of performing in all game situations. More specifically, the French Federation of Football uses unique and proven techniques, programs, methodologies and coaching approaches to develop soccer players with impeccable work ethic and performance. ICEF offers the excellence of European football through its:

  • Highest ranked UEFA / FFF licensed technical staff
  • Highest level of competition in the world

Our programs are designed to help you reach your highest potential in order to pursue a soccer career or build a competitive advantage and unique profile to stand out in the college application and recruitment processes. Our high-intensity training program implements: 

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

Elite Competition

Play 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 the Greater Geneva area’s biggest soccer club, which offers unique opportunities for our student-athletes to kickstart their professional soccer careers.

Student-athletes enrolled in the 10-month Pro Residency program will be eligible to join the Academy’s club competing at the French national level, Thonon Evian Grand Geneve FC.

Thonon Evian Grand Geneve FC in numbers:

  • 3 Elite senior teams (national level in official leagues established by the French Federation of Football – Professional 3rd Division)
  • 10 Elite youth teams (Division 1 in youth official leagues established by the French Federation of Football)



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

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


Pursue your higher education in Europe

You will benefit from excellent higher education preparation and pursue a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in English at one of our partner university, Webster University and be able to use your 529 plan.

Most importantly, you will experience studying abroad, and you will make connections with fellow international classmates in a multicultural environment. Not to mention that you may come back to your home country fluent in French!

Learn more about higher education at the International Center of European Football 


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.

Read more about ICEF Safety measures

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

France becomes not only a smart choice but a safer one as well. Student-athletes will be able to dedicate a season to their passion for soccer, while benefiting from an excellent education and building soft skills that will put them years ahead in life.

Now is the time to live your dream and apply for the 2020-2021 season!