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International Football Academy France

The International Football Academy is a private academy, opened to every foreign football player between the age of 14 and 24. In partnership with the AS Cannes and other local football clubs, the academy is the gateway to high level football. Our ambition is to have every single passionate academician being able to realize his dream: becoming a professional football player.

You will join a stimulating and performing football structure, whose experience and expertise will reveal your potential, your skills, your weaknesses, and will make you work harder to improve your abilities. Thanks to a highly qualified and graduated staff, trained and accustomed to detect young talents, and to a personalized performance monitoring, you will be able to learn, improve, get a much better game, and explore each and every skill.

Close to Ligue 1 teams of AS Monaco, OGC Nice and Olympique Marseille, you will meet the professional players of those famous clubs, as well as FIFA agents and scouts. You will enjoy visiting their training centres, and play friendly games. “A very instructive journey ! ”

At this stage, the Academy has welcomed players from 31 different nationalities : from Algeria, Australia, Bahrein, Belgium, Benin, Bermudes, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Kirgiztan, Laos, Libya, Mali, Marocco, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Togo, United Arab Emirates, USA, Venezuela, Zambia.

The International Football Academy in France is the first academy designed to welcome foreign football players willing to spend a full year immersion in France culture and language. It is based on the principle of building human beings in terms of body and mind development at the same time. Classes of French language in the morning, football practice in the afternoons or evenings, matches in the week-ends. The academy is located in Cannes on the French Riviera and the students are accommodated at Cannes International Campus.

The year-long programme

usually starts at the beginning of September and finishes at the end of May. The players are expected to arrive at Nice international airport where they are picked up by our staff and transported to the Academy campus.

Football Trainings
Every academy member will get a player‘s licence at AS Cannes, or at one of the other partner clubs like USCBO or ESCR Cannet Rocheville. It will depend on the player’s experience and level.Each club is generally offering 3 to 4 training sessions per week, lasting 1:30 to 2:00 hours. Usual training schedules are between 5 and 9 pm, from Monday to Friday.

Physical and technical sessions
The Academy technical director is leading 4 to 6 additional training sessions every month.
He is offering a specific and personal work, adapted to each individual. Sessions may be dedicated to physical condition improvement, through testing and assessment.They can also take place on the footbal pitch, with specific tactical or technical work, would it be personal or collective. The technical director is giving advice, following progresses and detecting issues, and pays a huge attention to kids psychological state of mind and risks of injury.

Tactical analysis
Once a month, our academicians are gathered to analyse a video taped football game.
This can be a Pro team, as well as one of their own past matches.

All academicians get a gym member card from a gym partner, Fitlane. They have 24 hours & 7/7 free access to it the whole year.

Official games
Games are played on Saturdays for U15 and U17, and on Sundays for U19 and senior teams.
All academicians, according to their level of play, get the chance to participate to the French Championship, at local, district, or national level.

Friendly games
All players participate in friendly games, generally at the end of each term, against high level teams like OGC Nice, Olympique Marseille or other local teams like Antibes, Mougins, St Raphael, etc

Pro games
Cannes is located near 3 great Ligue 1 teams: OGC Nice (25 km), AS Monaco (60km) and OM Marseille (150 km). The Academy manager is inviting academicians to participate to 2 or 3 official Pro games during season.


Conditions of registration with the Academy

Year-long programme

Dates: From 1 September 2019 to 21 December 2019, and from 5 January 2020 to 13 April 2020 (30 weeks)
Price: 24 990 € per person (supp single room 2500 €)

Year-long programme including the period of the film festival
Dates: From 1 September 2019 to 21 December 2019, and from 5 January 2020 to 25 May 2020 (36 weeks)
Price: 29 990 € per person (supp single room 3400 €)

Second semester programm including the period of the film festival
Dates: From 6 January 2019 to 26 May 2019 (20 weeks)
Price: 17 990 € per person (supp single room 2200 €)

The cost of the programme at the International Football Academy (1 September – 25 May) includes :
1/ Accommodation at Cannes International Campus in twin rooms. Our players are under the supervision of Andréas Schweitzer, in charge of any issue related to accommodation, catering, schedules and behaviour inside the Campus.

2/ All 3 meals are served at the restaurant as buffets of starters and sweets, and a hot dish served at the table. Brunch on week-ends. A special arrangement (from 9 to 11pm) for dinner in the foyer in the case of late trainings.

3/ Registration and club member card at AS Cannes or other club affiliated to FFF according to the level of the player. 3 football trainings minimum per week, and championship game on Saturdays or Sundays if the player is selected. Medical certificate delivered by our referent doctor after medical visit.

4/ 4 to 5 sessions per month managed by the technical Director of the Academy and trainer. Workshops based on physical development. 4 to 5 additional sessions per month taken up by our qualified staff. Participation of former international football players.

5/ Free access at Fitlane gym 7 days a week, for the duration of the programme. Pass at the 3 gyms in Cannes. Practice under the instructions of Alain Aschbacher.

6/ French classes at the Campus by highly qualified teachers. 16 weeks course : from Monday 2 September to 25 October 2019 and from 6 January to 28 February 2020. Every morning from 9 to 12am from Monday to Friday. Beginner to intermediate levels. (As supplement) : Additional study of 3 subjects among maths, sciences, history, geography, English …, on the basis of the official school curriculum.

7/ transport : bus pass to use in all public transport in the city of Cannes, Cannes La Bocca, Cannet Rocheville.

8/ Greeting at Nice airport and transfer on arrival day, departure and Christmas holidays.

9/ Sports clothing (jersey, shorts, socks, sweat shirt) of the academy, and club equipment.

10/ Presence of a coordinator in contact with the academicians. Available at any moment of the day and week-ends to assist the players and make sure they are well. He is the link with the administrative management of the academy and of the campus.

11/ Rapatriation insurance in case of serious injury or illness making the rapatriation necessary (directed by the Maif doctor)

12/ Letter of invitation signed by our president Michel Hidalgo, sent to the Embassador or the Consul of the country from where the player is proceding for visa delivery.

Registration and terms of payment

As the programme is starting on the 1st September , the registration deadline is the end of May, as time is needed for visa acquisition if necessary. In the case an arrival would have to be delayed due to administrative issues, the schooling fees will not be refunded.

The terms of payment are 50% at registration, the balance before 20 September.
As soon as the Academy receives the deposit, the letters of invitation and campus certificates are sent to the family and to the French Consulate. If the visa is not granted, 25% of the deposit is not returned.
In case of anticipated or early departure, and whatever the reason (exclusion, banning or maladjustment), no refunds will be processed.

In case of severe desease or illness implying the return to the student’s country of origin upon medical certificate, the meals cost will be deducted and refunded to the family.


Simply visit the office or Send your credentials/qualifications to info@sportandstudy.org and Call / Whatsapp +234 803 4383 061

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