Michel Hidalgo International Football Academy

au CollegeMichel Hidalgo 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.


tous les 5          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 ! "


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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.

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The Michel Hidalgo 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.