The Program Includes:
International Soccer Program is a talent identification and player development program bridging the US and Germany for dedicated youth players. Offering immersion in a high level German youth academy and exposure to top coaches and scouts, the model is unlike any other.
We’re developing people, not just football (soccer) players. The ideal player is one with intelligence, exceptional technique, the ability to adapt to culture and languages and above all, the character necessary to be successful in life.
How to qualify:
The program brings high performing youth soccer players to Germany to train in a complete immersion program.
It is a talent identification and player development program bridging the US and Germany for dedicated youth players. Offering immersion in top German youth academies and exposure to Bundesliga coaches and scouts, the model is unlike any other.
We’re developing people, not just football players.
It is a full immersion in the German (soccer) culture! Unlike other programs (who focus on selecting a team of players who then travel and compete only in scrimmages against German teams) our players will be joining an official German team which plays in the official German youth system!
In fact, you will be surrounded by German players and coaches!
The academy creates a competitive environment on and off the pitch. Players will have to compete to earn a spot in the starting 11 or game day roster. However, the academy has several teams to guarantee playing time!
This approach is the key to “grow” as a player and it’s the ideal preparation to play in a competitive environment.
In a nutshell: Players will receive the coaching and training that has produced 20+ professional players.
Europe has dominated youth soccer player development forever and Germany rank as one of the best countries for producing well-trained players.
Clubs wants to scout American youth players in a European soccer setting. It is a “free” scouting tool for clubs. The Borea Dresden academy graduated more than 20 players who went on to play professional level (including Bundesliga and Champions League).
For American youth soccer players, Germany is a great country to train in.
From a systemic standpoint, the German youth development program is the best in the world. When we talk about the comparison of not just the Bundesliga protocols but second, third, fourth and fifth levels of soccer in Germany, it’s a standardized pathway and the coaches are all extremely well educated.
Germany is the only country in Europe that guarantees a visa for Americans if they’re offered a contract — this doesn’t exist in any other country. For example, in the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, Spain, France, among others, even if a player is good enough to earn a contract offer, he then has to hassle with the visa issue. We also believe there’s an easier transition into the German football system. Most people in Germany speak English.
When American youth soccer players get into the German soccer system, they realize that there is a gap between what they experience on a daily basis in the United States and what they potentially would experience in an accelerated environment. This is the first thing you want players to become aware of, and this makes a big change in and by itself.
The program runs from August 2020 until June 2021. This is a cyclical program, so as we integrate our current players, we already start to identify for next year. This is a multi-year project.
Especially clubs who don’t have the financial resources of a Bayern or Dortmund are very interested in outside the box thinking. Since soccer is a huge business in Germany, agents are looking for the next Pulisic. They’re all interested in scouting players on site in European competition or invite them for trial. By partnering with us, they basically have an outsourced scouting department.
This of course does not mean that it is a free ticket to a pro club. In Germany they say “The truth lies on the field” and the reality is that it is very competitive.
SC Borea houses promising talents in a boarding school, where players ages 12-19 train with coaches 4 times a week. The boarding school is in walking distance to the training facilities.
10-15 boys, and then we’ll probably shortlist 4 or 5 talented youth players just beyond that, in case of injuries.
They’ll be practicing at the training center of Borea Dresden, which is in walking distance of the boarding school.
The perfect player would be a player with intelligence, with perfect technique, the ability to adapt to culture and languages, and one with the necessary good character to be successful in life.
Football development is the key in this project, it’s the reason we’re doing this, but it’s also about a young person’s overall development.
We don’t (solely) select based on the soccer level. We carefully analyze the family situation and each individuals intentions to join the program. Last but not least we want to make sure each player is ready to work hard- on and off the field. This is not a pro tryout but rather a way to improve soccer, academic, personal, and cultural skills. However, there will be plenty of opportunities to get seen by top European scouts, agents, and clubs.
It is a big step to move to a different country (even tho it is for less than a year) and a once in a lifetime decision, so we want to make sure each player and his family supports 100% the project.
Our team coaches will have tremendous backgrounds in German player development but we will also be looking to bring in more top coaches and players from Germany who want to join for a week or two and share their knowledge.
Absolutely. Our players will be watching professional as well as some youth Bundesliga games.
Players will be attending a school which has a full academic program. Players can apply for public, private, and language course options.
This is very important — we absolutely cannot ignore is the academic side of the player development. The failure rate in professional football is so high that we have to be sure that the boys are all prepared to deal with life if football doesn’t work out for them.
It’s in German — but we have private ENGLISH schooling options available!
Yes, of course. The players in the program will have played against some of the best young players in Europe. Upon returning to the states, some may join top Colleges or Academies. For others, there could be opportunities for each of them to stay in Germany, if they choose to.
Players who don’t have the advantage of a European passport could still be identified by clubs that say, “We want this player. We’re not going to let him get away,” and then we can help facilitate regular visits until the player is 18 years of age and able to sign a contract.
Unlike any other program our players will have a full year of official league games against German teams (and not just scrimmages). This is unique and possible due to the status of our partner club Borea Dresden. Players will be immersed in a German team and league instead of playing an unofficial schedule.
Also, they will have opportunities for being scouted against other top academies.
Parents are always welcome and can visit any time they want. Parents are partners in this deal. All they have to do is pop in. We have several hotels in the area and Dresden is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany.
Unlike other programs that have higher construction and operating costs, players in our program get integrated into an existing (and proven successful) club and system.
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