The International Center of European Football is a unique and brand new opportunity for international student-athletes born between 1997 and 2009. ICEF’s programs implement the best-in-class European methodology, designed and led by UEFA / FFF certified technical directors. The 10-month Pro Residency program is designed to foster and expertly develop high-potential football players with the same clearly defined goal as professional football academies: to kickstart professional football careers in Europe.
ICEF is the only academy in Europe where players:
- 1. Compete at the highest level of youth competition in France;
- 2. Maximize exposure to top professional D1 & D2 European clubs;
- 3. Learn European football through the excellence of the European methodology;
- 4. Receive best-in-class preparation by a UEFA/ FFF licensed technical staff;
- 5. Pursue their education in Europe (Middle & High School, Bachelor’s & Master’s degrees);
- 6. Live in a safe campus in the Greater Geneva area, in phase-3 of reopening.
ICEF’s technical directors carefully build competition programs with highly regarded professional D1 and D2 partner clubs, allowing players to participate in at least 25 competitive games and 3 European football tournaments, that provide unique exposure opportunities for ICEF student-athletes.
The most advanced players enrolled in the 10-month Pro Residency program are selected to join ICEF’s club, Thonon Evian Grand Geneve FC, competing at the French national level in official leagues established by the French Federation of Football. Thonon Evian Grand Geneve FC is also the biggest soccer club in the Greater Geneva area, with partner clubs including Paris Saint-Germain FC, AS Monaco, FC Lyon, Servette Genève, Chateauroux, Strasbourg, Grenoble, Paris FC, OL Olympique Lyonnais, ASSE, Clermont Ferrand, Nîmes Olympique, Cagliari Calcio.