International Education & Soccer Agent

Celebrating over 20 years of International Futbol X-Change representing players!


A unique Education and International Soccer Agency

The International Futbol X-Change (IFX) was founded in 2003 by current IFX President, Michael Carlson. IFX has become a recognized educational and soccer agent for various kinds of international soccer academies, camps, programs and players.

With over 20 years of managing the complexities of international education, travel and soccer management, IFX has a wealth of experience in this specialized field. From scouting and recruiting student footballers from around the world, to establishing and maintaining key partnerships with international football academies and soccer clubs in Europe and abroad, to orchestrating long-term international soccer and study experiences, IFX knows what it takes to study and play soccer abroad.


International Education and Study Abroad Agency Services

For young student athletes, education is of critical importance to the formation and preparation for one's future. As such, all long-term IFX programs educational components are integral to our programs' scope and enable participants to embark on a wide variety of international educational tracks and study abroad program options abroad.

We are partnered with a multitude of international top level organizations, schools, and study abroad programs, providing participants with careful management of their overseas education. It can be a complicated process and thus having organizations who have in some cases decades of experience is critical to the success of the student's program abroad.


Soccer Scout

Agency and scouting services come in many different shapes and sizes. Although IFX can act as a FIFA intermediary (aka FIFA player agents) for exceptional players, our bread and butter services are acting as an educational and soccer agent for competitive youth and pre-professional soccer players, looking to pursue European youth soccer development or professional soccer in Europe while continuing with their education abroad.

IFX acts as an agent and scout for various semi pro and professional clubs, soccer academies and schools, and educational institutions, enabling youth and Amateur / semi pro / and pro footballers alike to pursue the world's greatest game AND continue with their education.

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Soccer Scouting, Recruiting and Management for International Soccer Clubs and Academies

IFX not only has over 20 years of experience in managing study abroad experiences, but we are also internationally recognized as a unique soccer scouting agency and soccer recruitment agency.

IFX President, Michael Carlson, has been in the world of soccer for over 40 years! First as as player, and as a soccer scout and soccer agent for the past 20 years. Carefully orchestrating the placement of individual soccer players with European soccer clubs fit to each player's level is among one of IFX's core competencies.

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Michael Carlson, IFX President, Owner, Founder

Since IFX's foundation in 2003, Michael Carlson has been at the helm of IFX, a worldwide leader in international sport and education programs. Carlson is a graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder majoring in International Affairs and minor in German, and speaks fluently German, Spanish and English.

Carlson's affinity for soccer began as a player, playing as a youth, amateur and semi-professional for a career spanning 30 years. Playing soccer in Germany as a 20 year old in Freiburg, Germany while studying abroad opened his eyes to the uniqueness of football and its ability to culturally unite, integrate and educate teammates of one another's cultures, languages and backgrounds. From this experience, IFX was born and has become a one-of-a-kind education and soccer agency managing similar international soccer and exchange opportunities for countless athletes from across the globe.