Celebrating over 15 years of International Futbol X-Change!
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 15 years of managing the complexities of international education, travel and soccer player 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 football 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 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.
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 pro soccer in Europe while continuing with their education abroad.
IFX acts as an agent and scout for various international soccer 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.
As an experienced soccer scout agency combined with international education, IFX looks to identify and match players with our various international soccer programs according to what will best fit their wants and needs. So just as professional soccer scouts must thoroughly evaluate each potential player for their football club, so must IFX evaluate our players' profiles and recommend international football clubs and programs within our network according to each player's individual profiles, wants, circumstances, and abilities.
Having scouted, recruited and managed international players for the past 15 years, how to be scouted in youth football and how to pass football trials is what we live and breath, and with this knowledge we guide our players during their overseas journeys.
Soccer Scouting, Recruiting and Management for International Soccer Clubs and Academies
IFX not only has over 15 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 agent for the past 15 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.
IFX carefully manages the scouting and recruitment process of players and preparation before their journey abroad, to ensure as best as possible that players are prepared for their international experiences and that our partner clubs and academies are receiving players who are both well prepared and whose profiles fit as best as possible to their international soccer clubs and programs.
Going one step beyond a traditional FIFA players agent or pro soccer scout, IFX and its partners manage the additional components necessary for a player to live and play overseas for long periods of time, including organization of long-term accommodations, schooling, pastoral care and supervision for minors, supporting visa application processes, management of international transfer certificates and player licenses and providing ongoing overall support and guidance. We take very seriously the responsibility of protecting minors and young adults during their international experience of living, studying and playing soccer overseas!
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.