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Youth Year IFX Spain: Soccer Study Abroad Program in Spain

Moorish palaces, Dali, La Liga and its world-class Professional Players. All synonymous with the energetic, diverse and stylish country that is Spain. A year playing soccer in Spain is one you won’t forget.

Students who choose an academic year or a semester soccer exchange program in our soccer academy in Spain will live with a host family, attend a local public high school, and play with a competitive Spanish soccer club, also referred to here as Spain soccer academies or Spanish soccer schools.


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Lying on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe bordering Portugal and France, Spain is home to 39.2 million people. At the crossroads between Europe and Africa, Spain has been influenced by many dynamic cultures and civilizations, including the Greeks, the Romans, the Visigoths, the Moors, and the Carthaginians.

The glorious sunshine which blankets the nation has long made it a paradise for sun seekers from chillier climates. Spain boasts historical pageantry of empire and conquistadors and has tremendous artistic legacy with painters like Goya, Picasso, and Dali. See a fiesta, soak in the Mediterranean sun… Spain will charm you time and again.

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Soccer in Spain: The IFX Soccer Concept

Home to some of the world’s most beloved professional players, Spain clearly is the dream destination of world footballers. With world class clubs including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Valencia, Spain consistently dominates the most coveted European cup competitions.

With a rich history of professional and amateur football, Spain’s extensive league system provides opportunities for all levels of players to compete and develop as players. Enjoying one of the most temperate European climates, Spanish football runs year round with quality field conditions even in the dead of winter.

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For academic year and semester programs, students will attend a local high school with a wide range of coursework and curriculum. Classes are challenging with expectations of completion of coursework not only in, but outside the classroom. Students are required to take certain core courses, which generally include: Spanish language, Spanish literature, foreign language, philosophy, and physical education.

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Goalkeeper Training Program

For goalkeepers who choose the Barcelona soccer school destination, we offer an optional goalkeeper specific training program at a goalkeeper school in Barcelona. In addition to the player’s regular training activities with their club, they would then be training once per week within the goalkeeper academy, focusing on goalkeeper trainingdrills and exercises.


Leisure Activities

While the siesta – an hour-long mid-afternoon break from work-is generally in decline, the typical rhythm of the day in Spain is now similar to the European norm. A paseo (stroll) in the early evening remains a common custom in many smaller cities and to some extent even in the larger ones; the dinner hour is the latest in Europe, typically about 10 p.m.

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*Goalkeeper option in addition to regular program fee and only available in Barcelona.

*All dates are approximations and vary from year to year

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

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