GAP YEAR

GAP YEAR + COLLEGE CREDITS

The SMI gap year program offers the unique opportunity to study and play soccer at a high level in Italy by attending Rome City SC, our professional soccer academy. The objective of Rome City SC is to develop our players tactically, technically, and physically and to prepare them for a higher level of soccer. At the same time, our athletes attend two academic courses each semester: Italian and SMI Methodology (coaching course).

TRAINING

Professional training 6 times a week led by our professional coaches. We develop our players technically, tactically, physically and mentally. We want our athletes to reach their full potential so they can access more opportunities.

ACADEMICS

During the gap year, our student-athletes attend two academic courses: Italian and SMI Methodology (coaching course). Both courses are accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education and can be transferred to the other academic institutions (upon approval).

 

CLUB AND COLLEGE PLACEMENT

The final objective of the gap year is to provide our athletes with the right opportunities to sign with a club or to find the right college. We work with Italian clubs and with Italian and US based universities.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Italian

In this course students establish an introductory base in the Italian language in the four areas of language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. It will introduce features of the Italian language needed for interaction in everyday practical situations, such as café, restaurants, accommodation, and shops. The course satisfies a limited number of immediate needs necessary for survival in the target language culture. Together with the language, we will also explore aspects of Italian culture. 

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OUR OFFERING

  • Training 6 times per week 
  • Weekly games against Italian clubs 
  • Tryouts and showcases 
  • Regular access to gym 
  • Tours of professional facilities 
  • Access to Serie A games 
  • Video analysis sessions 
  • SMI Methodology license 
  • Italian courses 
  • Mental coaching 
  • Access to US and Italian college network • Club placement 
  • Accommodation in the heart of Rome • Meals 
  • Periodic Development Reports • Periodic Fitness Testing 
  • Physiotherapy Service 
  • Full NIKE Kit 
  • City tours 
  • 24/7 Emergency Contact 
  • Visa Assistance

COACHING STAFF

Marco Materazzi

Director of Coaching –

UEFA Master Pro

Antonio Cincotta

Academic Director –

UEFA A

Massimo Augusto

Director of Academy – 

UEFA A

Marco Montini

Director of Performance – UEFA B

Stefano Cristalli

Head Coach – 

UEFA B