In partnership with Global Premier Soccer and Valencia C.F, we aspire to create the best international football academy in southeast Europe. This pro football academy in Athens will be housed in top-notch facilities near the center of Athens one of the most historic and multicultural cities in the world, with great climate and cuisine. We have a proven track record and a decade of experience behind our back in nurturing young players in partnership with Arsenal FC and Aspire Academy in the past.
Our goal, with the help of GPS, will be to deliver the best possible football training & coaching program and create the competitive environment and opportunities for the young skilled players to explore their full potential, develop a high level of athletic performance, and get recognized by scouts of European clubs to get a chance for a football trial or continue their studies at a high-level U.S University or even kick start their professional career within the industry of soccer or sport in general.
Soccer academy in Greece aims to identify and develop players of the Elite level so they can have a shot to join the Valencia FC Academy in Spain. However, GPS Greece might be able to offer a great number of alternative placement opportunities to play professional football in Greece, Italy, Dutch, UK, Spain or another European club
GPS and Valencia CF
GPS and Valencia CF have forged a relationship where Valencia FC have become the International Technical Partners of GPS outside of North America.Three times per year GPS students in Greece will have football training sessions under the watchful eye of the Valencia FC coaches for 3 days camps.
GPS Soccer Academy in Portugal players will also play in a tournament in Spain competing against professional academies in Spain, as well as take part in professional trials with scouts from Europe.
Our players have the best opportunity to participate in individual and team training sessions, play and reach their true potential on world class surfaces.
Star Sports Club Voula fields 11v11 -6th generation artificial grass. Additional services: changing rooms, medical bay, cafeteria, parking.
Renti arena Soccer : 1 Field 11v11; 2 Fields 7v7; 1 Field 5v5. Additional services: changing rooms, medical bay, cafeteria, parking.
Player accommodation at Galaxy Hotel Athens,in the area of Alimos Athens. Galaxy Hotel is a “sports hotel” that caters for all needs of clubs and athletes.
It has great experience and know-how in accommodating Elite level Athletes and clubs.
Galaxy Hotel is located in the “Athenian Riviera” and just opposite the hotel lays Alimos beach. The Alimos beach has been awarded a Blue Flag for its clean water and the visitor can find there sunbeds and umbrellas, cafeteria and restaurant, beach bar, water sports and a playground.
The hotels rooms are designed for 2 people (2 beds), and they have everything needed.
Planet Fitness & More is one of the leading fitness franchises in Greece. Players of the International Academy will be able touse the top-class gym facilities of the local Planet Fitness Gym in Paleo Faliro located only 5 minutes from their hotel.
Soccer academy students aged 18 who have completed high school, will complete the following courses:
- Irish Football Federation Level 1 Coaching Award
- 1 year General Sports Degree
- GPS Sports entrepreneurship ALL SEASON program (Sports Management, Sports Marketing & Functional Training)
Extra –Under Request Sports Management, B.Sc: The American College of Greece
BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Physical Education:Metropolitan College https://www.mitropolitiko.edu.gr/en
US Performance Academy (USPA)
Students aged 16-17 will complete an education through US Performance Academy (USPA). USPA provide first-class academics for our athletes training the International Academy in Portugal.
USPA is an accredited private, online, middle & high school created for high performance athletes. USPA is designed for young athletes looking for a school that supports their unique schedule, creates a pathway towards their personal, professional, and athletic goals, and leverages the latest technology for an on-the-go environment. The online curriculum allows for a flexible school schedule and academic calendar
Additional options (upon request): International High School:St. Lawrence College
What else will the International Soccer Academy offer to ensure a professional experience?
To succeed in Soccer, details matter – GPS knows this, as a highly professional youth soccer organization partnered with STELLAR USA. Everything within the four main pillars of the game (technical, tactical, physical and psychological) will be scrutinized to ensure this is the most rewarding professional experience for the Student /Athlete. With a particular focus on Technical capacities, individual Tactical behavior and collective tactical behavior, we will create an environment in which players are sure to flourish.
We understand that Studying and Living abroad will also bring its stresses. Our staff will provide a dedicated 24-hour C.A.R.E support program to ensure mentally student/athletes have the best opportunity to focus, improve athletic performance, develop and play at their optimum level
What exit options will there be?
Many international players who travel to Europe come here with the intention of progressing into professional soccer. We are here to assist players in this process. We cannot guarantee contracts with professional clubs, however, we do give numerous opportunities to be noticed by high-level clubs. We play regular exhibition games against professional academies, utilizing a vast list of contacts in the professional game. International players will also be notified of football trials they can attend in Greece, the UK or elsewhere in Europe. Outside of this, we can offer routes into semi-professional football in Europe combined with either a Sports Management or Coaching role.
Can you provide assistance in getting placed back in the US?
International players who are keen on a US scholarship will be assisted while attending our London-based academy with their SAT preparation, video package and NCAA/NAIA eligibility. GPS Scholarship will be able to assist in:• Video packaging• Individual player profiling• NCAA/NAIA eligibility assistance• SAT guidance• Showcase attendance (US)
Last season 2 players from Canada and 2 from Bulgaria after finishing our Elite program got offers from Greek professional ClubsIlias Iliadis–Panathinaikos F.C U-20 (Superleague)Gordano Mancini–Panionios F.C U-20 (Superleague)Ilia Kurchumov–Eikosimias S.C Men’s Team (Third National Division)Martin Kolev–Ermioni FCMen’s Team (Third National Division)
In the last fiveyears more than 25 players have already graduated from our various development programs and moved to European professional clubs or managed to secure scholarships to Universities in the United States of America with scholarship.
Ilias Iliadis - Signed for Panathinaikos F.C U-20
Dejan Iliev - Signed for Arsenal FC U-18
Martin Svidersky - Signed for Manchester United Youth Academy
Cost and duration of the program
1 Year course
10 August 2020 – 30 May 2021 (Two week Christmas Break)
Cost - $35,000.00
Deposit - $7,500.00 ($27,500 to be paid in 10 monthly installments)
2 Year course
10 August 2020 – 30 May 2021 (Two week Christmas Break)
Cost - $42,500.00 per year
Deposit - $7,500.00 ($35,000 to be paid in 10 monthly installments)