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Paris Saint-Germain’s professional training expertise brought to you in the United States.
Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pro is a partnership between the world-renowned French soccer club, Paris Saint-Germain FC and the International Center of European Football (ICEF).
Focused on building a bright future for all student-athletes, the Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pro Residency combines Paris Saint-Germain’s a world-class training methodology with a leading college preparatory curriculum at North Broward Preparatory School. The Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pro Residency is designed for elite, high-potential and experienced U14-U19 players. Open to boys and girls born between 2002 and 2007, the Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pro is an all-inclusive 10-month program running from mid-August to the end of May, positioning student-athletes to reach their highest potential, according to age performance objectives.
Unlike any other residency program available, the Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pro is the only academy that allows players to not compromise.
Players don’t have to compromise an excellent academic preparation when they decide to pursue their dreams of playing soccer at the highest level. This fully pro experience gives players the opportunity to be immersed in the expertise of a Paris Saint-Germain training center, following the world-class Paris Saint-Germain training methodology, paired with an outstanding college preparatory curriculum, in the Sunshine State (Florida).
The Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pro is the only program that includes 2 exclusive trips to France to further immerse players in French training and competition.
Moreover, it is the only soccer residency program run by a European club with its own stadium in the U.S.: the Paris Saint-Germain Academy USA Campus, a state of the art campus located in the Sunshine State, with top-of-the-line equipment and amenities focused on elite performance.
Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pro provides student-athletes a valuable developmental pathway, exposing participants for opportunities to shape a successful future in collegiate and/or professional levels.
By excelling on the field and in the classroom, student-athletes are prepared and equipped with the necessary tools to excel through their college application process and college scholarship offers or through range of professional opportunities and exposure on the domestic and international level to start a professional career.
The Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pro provides student-athletes with a unique developmental pathway including professional soccer exposure opportunities with Paris Saint-Germain, including visits from the Paris Saint-Germain Technical Directors and the opportunity for the most talented players to be invited to the Paris Saint-Germain youth teams in Paris for training and competitions.
Student-athletes are also exposed to other professional soccer organizations (professional teams in the US and in Europe) as well as collegiate opportunities, as they are academically prepared to enter their first-choice college or university and are provided with a solid foundation on the field that will help them stand out and be recognized by college coaches.
The Paris Saint-Germain Academy USA Campus is located just north of Miami, Florida, in the Fort Lauderdale area. The state-of-the-art Paris Saint-Germain Academy USA Campus and Headquarters is home to Paris Saint-Germain in the U.S. and hosts the first official Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pro Residency.
ICEF is the International Center of European Football and it provides professional training and preparation required to play at the highest levels of football in the world. Following a unique European methodology, ICEF aims to foster and expertly develop high-potential soccer players with a clearly-defined goal: to kickstart or mature their professional football careers.
ICEF provides the Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pro Residency program access to its international standards and network, combining its Pathway to Excellence in both the competition and academic arenas. By leveraging its expansive and comprehensive global network, ICEF provides every Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pro student-athlete opportunities to become a Paris Saint-Germain player, to prepare for college in the U.S., or for a professional football career in Europe.
ICEF partners with the West Asian Football Federation and the Monaco Sports Academy to expose players to the best individualized opportunities to Excellence without Compromise.
TRAINING PROGRAM & COMPETITION
Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pro provides student-athletes a valuable developmental pathway, exposing participants for opportunities to shape a successful future in the collegiate and/or professional levels. By excelling on the field and in the classroom, student-athletes are prepared and equipped with the necessary tools to excel through their college application process and college scholarship offers or through range of professional opportunities and exposure on the domestic and international level to start a professional career.
Paris Saint-Germain Academy USA sets high standards when choosing and training their technical coaching staff. All Paris Saint-Germain Academy USA coaches have been trained by the Paris Saint-Germain Academy Technical Staff in Paris and hold the highest UEFA/FFF coaches licenses.
By leveraging the networks shared by Paris Saint-Germain and the International Center of European Football (ICEF), every student-athlete is offered international exposure with opportunities to access the highest level of competition in Europe.
As part of the exclusive Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pro Residency, student-athletes will participate in two international trips to France during Thanksgiving Break in November and during Spring Break to be fully immersed in European soccer culture and be exposed to valuable opportunities with Paris Saint-Germain.
By enrolling at the Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pro, you receive the best environment to be able to become a professional soccer player. However, you are not guaranteed to become a professional football player and we do not make any promises to be signed, placed, or receive a pro contract.
The Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pro Residency student-athlete is provided a firm foundation to excel in the professional American landscape, to stand out and be recognized by professional clubs at the USL and MLS level. Training and competition programs have been carefully curated and designed to best identify and accelerate the development of elite youth players with the potential to reach the American professional ranks. Players are offered a full pathway from youth to professional environments within the USL Academy Cup, USL League 1 and 2, and participation in the country’s most elite competitions.
Student-athletes will need to meet the academic requirements from North Broward Prep, offering a curriculum based on college preparation. During the admissions process, student-athletes will take part in an interview in English with the Admissions Manager to discuss their profiles. North Broward Prep, as well as the Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pro expect well-rounded individuals who are capable of succeeding both on and off the field.
Student-athletes from the Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pro will take part in all daily and weekly activities as North Broward Prep students. A strong characteristic of the Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pro is the unique opportunity to be part of an international community and being able to learn and engage with students coming from more than 30 countries.
BOARDING & SCHOOL LIFE
Student-athletes board at the North Broward Preparatory campus, located in Coconut Creek, between Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale. They live in the International village dormitories, with two students per bedroom. Each dormitory is complete with its own kitchen, common area, study area, and Wi-Fi among other amenities.
North Broward Preparatory School is a college-style campus with facilities and amenities spanning 21 buildings across nearly 80 acres. Student-athletes live in the International Village dormitories in shared double rooms, just steps away from their classrooms. The North Broward Preparatory School’s dedicated and experienced Residential Life team cares for the everyday life of boarding students and strives to create a safe and nurturing environment, and to provide students with everything they need to succeed academically and socially.
Student-athletes travel as a team, via shuttle, to and from North Broward Prep and the Paris Saint-Germain Academy USA Campus. The trip takes approximately 20-25 minutes.
All student-athletes are provided a safe and secure experience. Boarding facilities are supervised by experienced, adult staff members who live in-residence and are available to support the social and emotional well-being of the students at any time of day. Professional security systems are also used to ensure students stay safe at all hours of the day. Students also have access to an on-site medical clinic, registered nurses, school counselors, and outside physicians to address any health concern. Additionally, parents are always able to reach a member of our staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Parents and family are allowed to visit their children at any time as long as it does not interfere with academic, training or competition schedules. They must advise the administration prior to their arrival on campus. However, parents are not allowed in areas specifically designed for student-athletes.
All student-athletes are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the full package, including boarding, competition and academics to completely experience the professional atmosphere as part of a team. However, there are flexible options that allow student-athletes to customize their experience based on specific needs.
Student-athletes take two annual international trips to France – during Fall Break (Thanksgiving) and Spring Break. Besides these trips, a two-week winter break is observed during December and January.
An average day for a student-athlete will feature a professional regimen combined with a rigorous educational experience to build a successful future. A typical day may look like:
6:45 am – Wake up
7 am – Breakfast
8:25 – 11:45 am – Academics
11:45 am – 12:30 pm – Lunch
12:30 pm – 2 pm – Academics
2 – 2:30 pm – Snack
2:30 pm – Departure to the Paris Saint-Germain Academy USA Campus
3 – 6 pm – Training
6:30 pm – Return to North Broward Preparatory School
7:15 pm – Homework / Study or tutoring sessions
8 pm – Down time / Evening activities and team building
10:30 pm – Curfew
English and French will primarily be used in classes and on the field, promoting fluency in both languages. Student-athletes will also be exposed to an array of languages that are spoken at school and on the field by an international community, preparing players for careers in the U.S. and abroad. Moreover, they will enjoy a variety of sport, academic, cultural and personal learning experiences immersed in an international community, with players and students coming from all over the world.
Student-athletes must meet the academic requirements to attend North Broward Preparatory School. Additionally and during the admissions process, student-athletes will take part in an interview in English with the Admissions Manager to discuss their academic profile.
Student-athletes from the Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pro will take part in all daily and weekly activities as North Broward Preparatory students. A strong characteristic of the Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pro is the unique opportunity to be part of an international community and being able to learn and engage with students coming from more than 30 countries.
We strongly encourage players to take part in the full package, including boarding, soccer and academics to fully experience the professional atmosphere as part of a team. However, we offer the flexibility to customize your experience based on your specific needs. Should you want to discuss a customized option, please contact us at [email protected].
Student-athletes take part in two international trips to France, during Fall Break (Thanksgiving) and Spring Break. Besides these two trips, they will have a two- week break during Winter for the Holidays when they will be coming home.
Yes, all of the weekend activities are included. Activities are offered to students every weekend and planned with students interests in mind. They offer great opportunities for residents to bond and build lifelong friendships. Students also have time allotted for quiet study and homework for the week ahead.
TRYOUTS & ADMISSIONS
You will begin the day of your tryout session at the Paris Saint-Germain Academy USA Campus in Florida to be assessed by our professional Technical Staff and will then visit North Broward Prep for a presentation and introduction to the academic programs and admissions process. Following the presentation, you will take a tour of the campus to see the academic, boarding and recreation areas.
You will be notified via email or phone of your admission decision within one week of your tryout date. The Paris Saint-Germain Academy USA Technical Team will first make their selection of top players, based on their soccer skills. Eligible student-athletes will then undergo a review of their application by the Admission Committee at North Broward Prep. Upon acceptance, student-athletes may begin their enrollment process to the Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pro Residency with support from Enrollment Advisors.
We encourage all players to come with their parents so that they can fully experience what we have to offer to student-athletes. As well, parents should be present to attend the meeting at North Broward Prep. Being present will also allow them to ask questions and get valuable information from the coaches and staff at the Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pro Residency, as well as the school administrators at North Broward Prep.