A life-changing experience
Designed for the serious, talented and commmitted student-athletes
The International Center of European Football, is a world class and all-inclusive professional football center where everything has been designed to expertly develop high-potential football players with a single clearly-defined goal: To kickstart their professional football careers with exposure to top professional organizations and prestigious universities around the world.
The International Center of European Football offers world-class opportunities that go beyond unrivalled soccer training and education. Our goal is to provide every student-athlete with the solid foundation of a bright future anchored by soccer’s best values and unforgettable memories. Participating in an elite international program nourishes the spirit and enriches the character of a young player.
At ICEF, all football programs are designed to promote the highest values of soccer and to develop confident and successful adults on and off the field. By always striving for excellence and taking full advantage of European education and preparation, ICEF participants can expect a lifetime of better opportunities.
Conveying the positive values of Football
ICEF forges the next generation of leaders that will bring respect, self-discipline, and commitment to the sports industry. Part of the ICEF mission to prepare them for life’s challenges with a disciplined mindset to optimize their performance on and off the pitch. The program builds the champions of tomorrow today by instilling a higher level of confidence and skills that will serve participants throughout their lives.
Situated on six breathtaking acres in Evian, France, ICEF is conveniently located to the Swiss border and nearby Geneva International Airport. The International Center of European Football offers the very best soccer training for the aspiring professional athlete, integrated to develop of every student-athlete’s individual potential.
WORLD CLASS TECHNICAL PROGRAM & STAFF
ICEF is delivering the acclaimed European Methodology
The educational philosophy of the International Center of European Football is to build smart, physically prepared and mentally strong players capable of making the right decisions in high pressure moments during intense game situations.
The innovative ICEF’s technical program is inspired and based on the best-in-class European programs and is aligned with the French Federation of Football’s official methodology. Programs are constructed to meet age-specific objectives and go far beyond mere technical repetition. Players are trained to develop physical, mental, technical, and tactical skills in order to make efficient decisions in competitive game situations and overcome adversity and opponents.
Featuring World-Class technical staff
All ICEF technical staff have the highest UEFA and FFF licenses and are committed to preparing every student-athlete to meet life’s challenges on and off the field. Beyond their extensive experience in youth development, they have passion for the game, and a vast experience gained as former professional players. ICEF’s student-athletes benefit of their coaches’ skills and experience for successful placements in European football clubs.
Meet Eric Caballero, Technical Director
ICEF Technical Director, Eric Caballero is a recognized FFF technical expert, known for implementing innovative education and training for the highest-performing clubs in France. He is responsible for setting ICEF’s highest standards for European youth player development.
Recognized author of soccer technical and tactical books, Caballero also serves in the French Federation of Football as official trainer for the next generation of professional soccer coaches in France.
PREMIUM EXCELLENCE ACADEMICS
The International Center of European Football is committed to enhancing the education and academic preparation of its student-athletes. Education is provided on campus in modern classrooms. Classes are delivered by certified professional educators adhering to strict academic standards that upon completion give every participant formal and official accreditation.
A SCHOOL OF CHOICE
ICEF recognizes that international student-athletes arrive from different paths at different age. For this reason, multiple education choices are provided in order to keep the education aligned to each students’ plans. All paths are optional and depend on student-athletes’ previous education.
ICEF US HIGH SCHOOL
Administered by American High School
Minimum 25 Hours/Week
ICEF High School partners with American High School to offer a college preparatory curriculum. The American High School program is fully accredited by AdvancED, one of four regional accreditors recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the NCAA. This includes General, Honors and Advanced Placement courses, as well as foreign language and SAT Test preparatory sessions.
Students can choose for the following available ICEF Core Options:
- 6 Credit High School Year for US Students
- NCAA Accredited 6 Credit High School Year
- Dual Diploma – 7 credits to earn US High School diploma as well as home country High School diploma
- SAT Preparatory Courses
Additionally, ICEF and American High School are committed to creating the best possible fit for every student-athlete. Students can start, continue or complete their high school education and earn their diplomas whilst at ICEF. All programs can be individually tailored to meet student needs and objectives. Pre-existing credits will be evaluated for conversion.
CAMBRIDGE ASSESSMENT INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
IGCSE, INTERNATIONAL AS and A-LEVEL
Minimum 25 Hours/Week
Setting the world’s standard, Cambridge University is the world’s largest and most highly-respected provider of K-12 International Education programs recognized worldwide and accepted by over 1400 Universities schools around the world, including IVY leagues. Cambridge International IGCSE, AS and A-Level subjects are offered at ICEF and can be selected individually by each student-athlete. Student-athletes from grades 6-12 may enroll in Cambridge University and receive education at the world highest academic standards in preparation for acceptance into top universities in Europe, the U.S. and around the world.
At the heart of a Cambridge University International education are five elements:
- International Curriculum
- Teaching and Learning
- International Recognition
- Global Community
SAT – Scholastic Assessment Test
The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is the standardized test used primarily in the United States for the college-bound students. High scores are a key factor in opening the door to major U.S. universities. ICEF and American High School provide a superior SAT preparatory course to help our students succeed with the SAT scores they need.
ACT – American College Test
ACT is a standardized test used to determine a high school graduate readiness for college-level work. ICEF and American High School provide a superior ACT preparatory course to help our students succeed with the ACT scores they need.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
This test measures non-native English speaker understanding and use of the English language; written, read, heard and spoken in the university classroom. International students typically take the TOEFL test as a requirement for their admission to an English-speaking university. ICEF prepares student-athletes, enabling them to achieve a score at their highest potential.
DELF – DALF (Diplôme d’études en Langue Française)
DELF (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française) and DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) are official qualifications awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify the competency of candidates from outside France in the French language. These certificates are valid for life. DELF and DALF consist of six independent certificates that correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
TUTORING & ONLINE SCHOOLING
International students already enrolled in online schooling benefit from the support of on-site tutoring professionals and the ICEF modern Learning Center.
PROFESSIONAL EXPOSURE OPPORTUNITIES
The International Center of European Football offers rare exposure and scouting opportunities to access the world of professional soccer in Europe. This unique path allows the most talented players to establish a connection with top professional football clubs and kickstart a career.
From the Preparation to the showcases & trials in Europe
Our UEFA and FFF professional staff and training methodology prepare student-athlete to be able to competitively showcase at the required level by European professional soccer clubs. The International Center of European Football enjoys an envied reputation and exclusive relationships with prominent soccer clubs in France and Europe.
Throughout the season, the most advanced players are selected to participate in national and international trials and showcases organized by many of the most iconic professional soccer clubs in Europe.
Placement in Thonon Evian F.C. Grand Geneve
ICEF prepares international players to kickstart their professional career by offering the opportunity to joining its Club and Elite Academy, Thonon Evian F.C. Grand Genève engaged in the highest official competition in France and in Europe.
The iconic French Club is the biggest football club in the Grand Genève Area and well-recognized within the professional world in Europe.
- 4 Seasons in the French Ligue 1 (2012-2015)
- 2013 French Cups Finals
- Champions of French Ligue 2 in 2011
- Champions in National League in 2010 (3rd Division)
Opportunities of a lifetime
ICEF operates and place players in the following teams competing at the highest official competition level in France and in Europe starting in U15 through Senior.
- U15 Elite: Highest level in France/Europe
- U17 Regional/National official league & tournament
- U19 Regional/National official league & tournament
- TEGG FC Senior: National Championship
- TEGG FC Women: National Championship Division 2
About the Global Youth Football Project
Internationally acclaimed, the Global Youth Football Project works as a launching platform for soccer players to get professional exposure and kickstart their international career.
ICEF is a key component of the Global Youth Football Project, featuring soccer clubs and soccer academies in both Europe and the United States.
In Europe, players get exposure through its soccer club and elite academy Thonon Evian Grand Genève F.C. In the U.S. through the Paris Saint-Germain Academy and American soccer club FC Miami City.
ICEF’s dedicated placement team helps building the future of every student-athletes through exposure in the most intense competition worldwide.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN ACADEMY
Paris Saint-Germain Academy is the official academy of the iconic French football club, ranking in the top 5 soccer clubs in the world, offering premium training methodology to American soccer players with exposure to the biggest opportunities in Europe and in the U.S.
FC MIAMI CITY
FC Miami City, ICEF’s American Soccer Club, is Miami’s official soccer team exposing U23 players to MLS and NCAA opportunities in America.
INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF EUROPEAN FOOTBALL
The International Center of European Football is Europe’s ultimate professional football center.
THONON EVIAN GRAND GENEVE F.C.
Thonon Evian Grand Geneve F.C. is ICEF’s soccer club and elite academy fostering high potential soccer players to compete in the highest competitions in France and in Europe.
UNIVERSITY PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
A primary strength of the International Center of European Football is to provide comprehensive programs with unrivaled exposure to top American universities and scholarships. Securing a scholarship requires the support and resources from experts and professionals over a period of several months and for applicants the process can be difficult and frustrating. At ICEF, we support student-athletes by connecting them to the American universities leveraging our network of hundreds of American college soccer coaches. ICEF’s placement program team builds appealing dossiers and help with the scouting related tasks and the negotiation of the scholarship.
NCAA soccer coaches travel from all over the U.S. to scout top talent at these special showcases. The International Center of European Football partners with premier showcase organizers, along with American college coaches, to build the biggest and highest-profile European Showcases for American University scouts. All student-athletes enrolled in the 10-month program at the International Center of European Football participate and prepare for these critical events that play major roles in shaping their future and developing their skills in high-pressure situations.
NCAA Approved Preparation
ICEF has a full team of dedicated professionals to support student-athletes to meet all requirements to play and study in the U.S. Beyond the technical training, In addition to the support for athletes’ high school success, ICEF’s dedicated team handles and coordinates everything, from video highlights edition to SAT/ TOEFL preparation and certification.
BENEFITS OF PLAYING FOR A U.S. UNIVERSITY
- Earn an Internationally Recognized American Bachelor’s Degree
- Achieve mastery of the English language
- Play for the College team and access a path to be drafted to Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. 1st Division
- Leverage the Lifetime Benefits of a U.S. University Alumni Network
- 4 years on a U.S. College Campus is a Life-Changing Experience
ICEF programs are designed to promote the highest values of soccer 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.
ICEF prepares student-athletes to play at the highest level through the following six fundamental elements thoughtfully integrated into all programs.
To provide the kind of life-changing experiences only possible at a unique, next generation European training center, ICEF’s unique program is designed from the ground-up to build self-esteem, leadership and values to meet life’s challenges.