The Soccer Management Institute is one of the most prestigious sports educational institutes in the world. We provide our students with a comprehensive understanding of all aspects that govern the sports industry so that participants acquire the necessary knowledge to become fully qualified professionals, regardless of the specific area of expertise chosen.

SMI combines a top-quality education with the possibility to play soccer at a club level. Through our master’s program we want to further your education and athletic career while experiencing one of the most beautiful cities in the world: ROME.

We know that being a student-athlete is not easy, especially after college when many student-athletes are asked to choose between a higher education/job or sports. At SMI our student-athletes have the possibility to work on a dual career by getting a master’s degree while playing sports at the same time.

All of our courses are offered through Link Campus University that serves as our official school of records.


Our mission is to educate the next generation of sports leaders by offering them a life-changing experience


Our vision is to combine Education and Sports by Empowering Individuals who share the same Passion for the Game.


Lead the Game is the mantra we live by that brings success into our lives. We want our students to make the difference through knowledge, skills, and leadership. They are capable of Leading the Game today and tomorrow and carry on those values both on and off the field.


The Soccer Management Institute is a program offered by College Life Italia. CLI represents the main bridge between Italy and the rest of the world in the sports and education industry. Our vast know-how in terms of education and athletic systems both in the US and in Italy, made us aware of one particular need. Collegiate student-athletes constantly face the limitations imposed by those associations that regulate college sports: limited years of eligibility, limited seasons, limited practice time, limited careers. We strongly believe that education and sports are two of the main aspects that contribute to a better self, better careers, and a better society in general. That is why we think sports should not end after college. Everyone should have the opportunity to keep dreaming and to follow a passion that cannot just be put aside. Being able to do that while furthering your academic career can be extremely valuable.

We also know how important it is for anyone to get out from his/her comfort zone. Being away from home, facing a new culture, a new language, dealing with a different lifestyle, and interacting with people from all over the world can be a life-changing experience.

The desire to provide a top education and a top athletic experience, while surrounded by a rich cultural vibe in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, are the main reasons why Soccer Management Institute was born in 2018. Since then, SMI has been welcoming student-athletes from all over the world giving them the opportunity to further their education and athletic careers. Our objective stays the same: To Educate the Next Generation of Sports Leaders by offering them a Life-Changing Experience.

We have witnessed several successful stories featuring some of our students who were able to realize their dreams. Some of them started a job career within the sports industry, others were able to play professionally and begin a journey that seemed unachievable before their arrival in Italy. At SMI, we dedicate ourselves to create more successful stories by believing in our passions: Education, Sports, and Cultural Interaction.