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Play for Italian Club Soccer Teams and Study Abroad!

From the Tuscan hills where the Renaissance was born through Milan, the world’s center of fashion and design, to the eternal Rome, at every step, Italy’s contemporary life intertwines with art and history.

Home to some of the world’s most successful professional Italian professional football clubs such as top Italian soccer teams AC Milan, Juventus, Inter Milan, and Roma, Italy’s people live and breath Calcio - as Soccer in Italian. Italy and soccer go together like spaghetti and meatballs! The Serie A, the top Italian professional football league, is considered one of the top 4 leagues in the world. The Italian National Soccer Team is the second most successful national team in history, achieving 4 World Cup titles and twice the World Cup runner up.

Students/players who choose an academic year or a semester soccer exchange program in Italy will live with a host family, attend a local public high school, enjoy Italian soccer training and play with a competitive Italian football club (also referred to throughout as Italian Football Academy).


Italy Soccer Clubs: "Calcio" - as Soccer in Italian

Home to some of the world’s most legendary players including top Soccer Italy players of all time Roberto Baggio, Francesco Totti, Paulo Maldini, Alessandro Del Piero and Gianluigi Buffon Italy is a dream destination of world footballers. Italy’s national team has held the World Cup trophy 4 times, and the nation’s clubs have conquered the Champions League on twelve occasions.

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Italian Football Clubs Placement

IFX players are placed within a competitive Italian football clubs competing in an Italy youth league fit to their level, playing alongside Italian soccer players. Football trials in Italy are commonplace and may dictate which Italian junior football academy club team a player will be placed with. Players are placed within an environment that will challenge the player and allow tremendous opportunity for development, while keeping in mind their physical strength and technical foundation.


Italy Soccer Academies - Academics

For academic year and semester programs, students will attend a local high school with a wide range of coursework and curriculum. We work with many different schools in the cities where we place players. All schools are public schools highly ranked in the Italian educational system.

Normally players are placed in Italian “Licei”, schools. They are usually the more academic kinds of schools preparing students for a university track rather than a vocational track. Within each school, courses always include Italian, Math, English and History. Other subjects are taught as well. Students are placed in schools according to their preferences, abilities, grades, availability and location related to the host family’s home.

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Host Families

The student-athletes are placed with volunteer Italian families in the region of Northern Italy: Modena, Reggio Emilia, Verona, Bologna, Parma, Carpi and Mantua, as well as in small communities near these cities. Students are not allowed to choose the community nor the school but rather are placed within a community and family according to their interests, skills, and characteristics.

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Leisure Activities

In the afternoon students can easily socialize with their friends and family members by gathering on Piazzas or visiting historic places in the city. Attending cultural and sporting events, visiting cafes, ice-cream shops, movie theaters and the occasional disco club are popular social activities of the students.

As you already know, Italy is home to some of the best soccer teams in the world, so you can expect to see soccer everywhere you turn… on T.V., in the stadiums, in the parks, in the newspapers.

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*Late applications considered on a case by case basis.
*All dates are approximations and vary from year to year
NOTE: The IFX program to Italy has limited capacity, so students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadlines.

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