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Welcome to the Michel Hidalgo International Football Academy!

For now 15 years, the Michel Hidalgo Academy has welcomed young players from all over the world, aged between 14 and 20, who are given the chance to live their passion of football and develop their skills and talent. The Academy offers a fulfilling year of sports, culture and language immersion in France, in a project where SPORTS and STUDY mean personal achievement.

With the intensive training programme conducted by the highly qualified Academy coaches, the players will rub shoulders in a high-performance environment, with the hope to approach their dream: trial in pro clubs and access professional football. On top of that, they also train and play with one of our partner clubs, such as AS Cannes where Zinedine Zidane was brought into light. In the first weeks at the Academy, they try out in different clubs in the area, and then receive a FFF licence that enable them to play matches in the French championship.

Studies are twofold. English speakers will enrol in an intensive French course. All the students follow the online programme of their own school back home or with American High School.

The principles and values have been set by Michel Hidalgo himself, who wished every player had a feeling of privilege as a member of our prestigious Academy. Developing confidence in himself, pleasure learning and achieving his goals are our credo that every child is one individual person, and not just a part of a whole. This is why the Academy offers a limited number of spots, as we want to ensure a very personal approach to players development and follow-up.

The Academy is located in Cannes and Antibes on the French Riviera, 25 km from Nice.

You can apply for the year-long programme: from 2 August 2022 to 28 May 2023. 

Or for the short programme: from 4 September 2022 to 15 April 2023

As of today 30 June 2022, we have 1 spot left for the annual programme and 3 spots left for the short programme

Académie tapis rouge CannesSince 2008, the Academy has hosted 51 different nationalities : from South Africa, Algeria, Germany, England, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Bahrein, Belgium, Benin,   Bermudas, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Cyprus, Colombia, Congo, Ivory Coast, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Kenya, Kirgisztan, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Mauricius Island, Mexico, Monaco, Nigeria, Russia, Senegal, Switzerland, Togo, Trinidad and Tobaggo, Tunisia, USA, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and New Caledonia (F). 

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