German Fussball Academy and Study Abroad

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Placing Players to Study in Germany and play for German Fussball Academy clubs

Situated in the heart of Europe, Germany’s diversity astounds the visitor. Live in Germany and discover medieval castles, charming villages, crystal-clear lakes and snow-capped mountains, the mystical Black Forest, pagan-inspired harvest festivals and of course the world-famous Oktoberfest. From the Holy Roman Empire to Otto von Bismarck’s German Reich, Nazism and the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, no other nation has molded Europe the way Germany has – for better or worse. Learn about German history, politics, language, and culture through interaction with your host family, friends, and locals.

Students - athletes who choose an academic year or a semester soccer exchange program in Germany will live with a host family, attend a local public high school, and play with competitive German soccer clubs - German Fussball Academy.


German Football Youth Development

As one of the world’s footballing superpowers, Germany is home to some of the finest professional European clubs and players and is among the top in terms of European youth soccer development. Their extensive league system is comprised of multiple professional and semi-professional german soccer clubs that compete for promotion and relegation from one league to the next, year after year.

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German Youth Football / German Soccer Training

IFX players are placed within competitive German football clubs fit to their level. Our Football Academy in Germany for International Students places players within a challenging football environment that allows tremendous opportunity for soccer training and development, while keeping in mind their physical strength and technical foundation. In some cases, players must trial with German futbol teams upon their arrival to ensure their football team placement is a proper fit.

Germany has consistently developed some of the top young talent throughout the world due to their knowledge and passion for the sport. With many clubs well over 100 years old, the expertise in German coaching and club management provides youth unlimited opportunity for growth and player development.

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Football Academy in Germany for International Students | Academics

The German school system is divided into three types of schools that prepare students toward a vocational or academic future. IFX students will attend what is called the Gymnasium, a nine-year secondary school that provides a comprehensive general education for students who wish to continue their studies at the university level. Roughly 30% of German students attend the Gymnasium schools. School subjects include language, literature and art, the social sciences, mathematics, science, and technology. Students are required to take classes in each of these categories.


Leisure Activities

Although your afternoons will generally be occupied with your soccer training, this soccer exchange program in Germany offers many wonderful activities to enjoy during your free time. Germans typically are very active and enjoy biking, hiking, swimming, and of course Fussball. Music, the arts, and theater are strongly supported in Germany, with many opportunities for attending local concerts, street festivals, and plays.

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*All dates are approximations and vary from year to year

NOTE: The IFX program to Germany has limited capacity, so students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadlines

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