The Talentprojekt 2021 Season Resumes in New Location

Posted by The Talentprojekt on Dec 30 2020 at 05:15AM PST

In a few short weeks the 2021 Talentprojekt program will resume at Deutsches Fussball Internat (DFI) in Bad Aibling, Bavaria. The move reflects founder Mark Dillon’s commitment to providing an evolved German youth development environment to elite American soccer players.

Nestled at the base of the German Alps 56 kilometers southeast of Munich, DFI is a center of excellence that encompasses housing, schooling, and training within one campus. The American Eagles will train, play, and operate as its own team, and benefit from sharing the environment with other young talented players from Germany and around the world.

“Moving to DFI is a no-brainer“ said Dillon. “You see instantly that this is an environment where the talent potential of young professionals is nurtured to its full potential. Top clubs in both the German and Austrian Bundesligas refer to DFI as a real talent factory, and their network of professional partner clubs is second to none. That’s all we needed to know.”*

At the core of the Talentprojekt’s mission to enhance player opportunity abroad is embracing German culture. Our players are committed to taking German language classes at the on-campus private school Dietrich Bonhoeffer-Bildungscampus + Deutsche Sport Privatschule (DBBC). Anticipating their fluency will enable them to attend the all German speaking school, the goal is for players to complete their high school career at the internationally accredited institution.

SAI Academy will be providing their international academic curriculum to players enrolled in The Talentprojekt program. Their soccer-specific academic structure is perfectly suited for our athletes and will provide them with the resources necessary to excel in both soccer and academics. Their International Academic Coordinators will diligently monitor the athletes progress to ensure that they maintain their NCAA eligibility

We encourage interested 2006 birth year players to send us an email to for Fall 2021 consideration, as well as rising high school juniors.


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