Pro Residency Program and academics (10 months)

France, Evian-les-Bains, Chemin des Chapelles
professional
44 weeks
13-23 years
About the program
Your Success is our mission.
The Excellence of European Football

The International Center of European Football was established in Europe in 2017, at the border of Geneva, in Evian, France. The international network has since continued growing, with a second campus in Miami, Florida. The expansion plan will see campuses open up in the Middle East and Asia as well in 2021 and 2022, respectively. Following a unique methodology in each of our centers, we extend our excellence throughout the world.

All aspects of our centers, including programs, staff, amenities, and facilities, exceed the necessary requirements to offer talented football players, from around the world, a unique chance to reach the next level. We provide the best-in-class European methodology and coaching through an expert youth development staff, who are all FFF and/or UEFA licensed.

At ICEF, players reach their maximum potential and enhance individual and collective performance. We build smart, physically prepared and mentally strong players capable of succeeding at the next level. Individualized development programs and exposure opportunities lead players to top professional organizations and prestigious universities around the world.

Elite Competition 

The International Center of European Football owns and operates an elite club named Thonon Evian Grand Geneve FC (formerly Evian Thonon Gaillard - Professional Ligue 1). The club develops over 2,000 players (boys and girls) on a yearly basis and competes at the highest level in France with elite teams ranging from U15 through Senior. 

ICEF student-athletes benefit from this elite competition to receive the experience and exposure needed to reach the next level. For the most advanced, they may integrate training sessions and compete with the club, which works as a launching platform for your professional career.

Professional Football Facilities & Amenities

The center and its facilities are newly renovated. Built for a French Ligue 1 professional team a few years ago, the center boasts top-of-the-line equipment and professional amenities.

Athletics
+ Football center and facilities on a 6-acre domain
+ Multiple professional 11 vs. 11 natural and heated turf fields
+ Top-of-the-line equipment and amenities
+ Professional locker rooms

Performance
+ Full gym: cardio, strength, recovery
+ Spa: hydrotherapy & balneotherapy
+ Physical therapy
+ Real-time individual and team statistics
+ Healthy and balanced menus prepared by French cuisine chefs on-site

Premium housing


At ICEF, housing is a vital component of our student-athletes experience and overall well-being. They benefit from extraordinary facilities and amenities, which becomes a "home away from home.”
HOUSING
+ Fully-equipped brand new spaces
+ Shared double rooms
+ Multicultural environment
+ Multilingual staff
+ Professional laundry service
+ 24/7 security and surveillance
+ Housing supervisor
+ High-speed Wi-Fi property-wide
+ Air-conditioned shared spaces and bedrooms

Academic Excellence to pursue your Education

From Middle School and High School to Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, ICEF partners with prestigious academic institutions such as University of Texas High School, Webster University Geneva and Geneva Business School, to welcome students coming from all over the world in an ideal setting for academic and personal development.
 
At ICEF we:
 
* Offer 100% accredited academic programs and NCAA approved courses;
* Prepare students for the rigor of collegiate academics;
* Provide individualized attention, through small class sizes and a low student to teacher ratio, to better meet the needs of each student;
* Guide and assist all students to ensure they maintain a high GPA and are ready for the college application process, providing additional academic support and tutoring on-site when needed;
* Adapt school schedules, permitting student-athletes to fully benefit from both football and academic programs;
* Cultivate exchanges between students from different cultures and nationalities.
 
ICEF’s individualized academic programs

Grades 8th – 12th:
 
Student-athletes enrolled at the International Center of European Football attend a private boarding school located near the center. Founded in 1948, Saintes Croix des Neiges is amongst the leaders in academic excellence in Europe and offers an ideal setting for academic and personal development.
 
* American Middle & High School (in partnership with University of Texas High School)
* Cambridge IGCSE Educational Program
* French Middle / High School Programs
* College Preparation:
SAT & ACT preparation
TOEFL & DELF preparation
College Advisors
French & English language classes
NCAA-approved courses (View NCAA-approved courses on the NCAA Eligibility Center website. Use the code 440344 to find UTHS courses.)
 
College & University:
 
Student-athletes enrolled at the International Center of European Football may pursue their higher education in Europe with an outstanding curriculum, campus and student life. The proximity of the center to the Swiss border enables easy access to Webster University Geneva and Geneva Business School’s campus in Geneva, Switzerland. A local train commutes directly between Evian-les-bains and the stations adjacent to each campus in Geneva.
 
* Undergraduate Degrees
* Masters and MBA Degrees

Lifestyle

Located only 40 minutes from Geneva International Airport, ICEF is situated in Evian, France, surrounded by breathtaking mountains, lakes, and forests. Recognized worldwide as a region with some of the purest spring water, Evian is the ultimate European destination for a healthy lifestyle.
The area annually welcomes numerous tourists, families, top athletes, and world-class events. It’s also one of the top destinations in Europe for pro clubs and teams such as: Liverpool F.C., Paris Saint-Germain F.C., Leicester City F.C., Southampton F.C., and Fulham F.C.

National teams of Germany, Paraguay, Ivory Coast and Jordan women’s national team have also chosen Evian, by Lake Geneva, as their favorite destination for pre-season training.

Who is the program for?

The International Center of European Football is designed to accommodate, develop and expose international players coming from all over the world to receive the excellence of European methodology.

Our programs are open to boys from 13 years old through 23 years old.

Whether your objective is to prepare for a serious career in football worldwide or obtain a scholarship in a university in the U.S., our 10-month Pro Residency Program is made for you.

Program Fees and Dates

10-month Program for Middle and High School students – 59,000 EUR + 3,000 EUR One-time matriculation fee + 575 Euro Application fee (62,575 EUR in total).
10-month Program for College Students - 68 000 EUR + 575 Euro Application fee
Start date is August 28, 2021, until June 28, 2022

Registration Process / IMPORTANT /

ICEF accepts only highly motivated football players with advanced skill sets. Applicants who wish to join the program have to register for the Online/Offline Tryouts in order to be eligible to enroll in the program. Players are extended an invitation to join only if they meet all requirements, from technical to maturity.

Online tryouts are mandatory ($229 per player, non-refundable fee).


Dates
2
Start
End
Price
28 Aug 2021
-
27 Jun 2022
59000€
58410€
28 Aug 2021
-
27 Jun 2022
68000€
67320€
Transfers
Transfer "Evian-les-bains train station <--> Football Academy" (one way)
$100
Transfer "Geneva International Airport <--> Football Academy" (one way)
$100
Extras
Matriculation Fee (compulsory)
$3000
Application Fee (compulsory)
$575
Online Tryouts
$229