IFX Residential German Football Academy

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IFX Residential German Football Academy

The optimal combination of football and school is the core motto of the IFX German Football Academy. The IFX German Football Academy is operated by a more than 100 year old German football club, who also operates this unique football academy, also know as a ‘Fussball Internat’ or Fussball-Leistungszentrum’, or 'Fussball Academy' in German. Players who attend the soccer boarding school are primarily German players from the region and some from other parts of Germany, as well as some international soccer players.

The residential football academy is for players from the ages of 13 – 18, who play at a competitive level of football. Players live at the Fussball academy residence where they enjoy access to the training facilities, as well as the various amenities at the residence. All players compete with the affiliated German soccer club’s teams which compete at the highest regional level of German youth football. Players attend school at a local public German high school to continue their secondary education.

The football academy has relationships with professional Bundesliga clubs enabling players who exhibit exceptional levels to have the opportunity for exposure or trials with Bundesliga clubs, but is not guaranteed. Read stories about professional soccer trials in Germany with IFX.

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German Youth Soccer Development Philosophy

The German residential football boarding school creates an environment for young, enthusiastic footballers to train and learn from licensed German trainers in a soccer focused setting, while also continuing their secondary high school education at a local high school.

Good soccer schools like this one pride themselves in having competent and engaged staff who uphold the fundamentals of the academy. Like a footballer, they constantly strive for improvement of their program, structure and quality.


Key aspects of this Deutsche Fussball Internat

  • Helping all students/players with their academic work via after-school homework hours and individually proctored tutoring
  • Weekly feedback discussions at school or at the academy residence
  • Daily soccer training with highly qualified/certified German trainers
  • Weekly/frequent individual fitness training or swimming training
  • Education and training for competition and competitive thinking
  • Training in social competencies
  • Emphasizing healthy lifestyle for sport


Students who do not speak any Germany or have only a basic understanding of German at the start of the program, will be placed into a local semi-private high school. The tuition for the school is an extra fee of $1750 per academic year in addition to the base program fee.

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*All dates are approximations and vary from year to year and represent an approximate 11 month program

NOTE: The IFX program in Germany has limited capacity, so students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadlines. Admission is also subject to an evaluation of players technical skills and ability.

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