FAQs

How do players qualify for the Talentprojekt?

Our credibility in the German and European professional soccer environment demands that we maintain very high standards from our players.  For this reason we set a high bar in our selection process with evaluation metrics that includes talent, motivation, character, intelligence, ambition, upside potential, and, if we feel this is a player with the kind of personality to be able to live in a challenging group environment away from home.

Will my son risk losing NCAA eligibility by participating in the Talentprojekt or by being invited to train and trial with a professional club?

No.  All of our soccer activities are within the regulatory compliance for NCAA eligibility.

Will my son be able to graduate from his high school in the U.S. on time if he takes a year abroad with the Talentprojekt?

The Talentprojekt takes academics very seriously and ensures that all boys are able to continue with accredited  classes so they stay on track towards graduation, and qualification for university of their choice.

What language are his classes conducted in?

The school options offer opportunities to do their classes in English or German.

What kind of supervision can we expect for the boys?

German regulations demand that in a residential situation we have one certified pedagogue in a supervisory capacity for every 10 minors on a 24/7 basis.  These regulations are strictly adhered to by the Talentprojekt.

How often do the boys train?

It usually depends on the match schedule. Normally, the boys will train two times per day with one session focused on individual performance, and one focused on team or group performance. In general, the boys are following the player development plan as prescribed by the German Football Federation.

What is the game schedule like?

We play our League and Cup games on the weekends, and matches against German and other European professional academies are usually played mid-week. They play at least one game per week, sometimes two.

Are they playing in an official League?

Yes, all of our players are registered and licensed to play by the German Football Federation and therefore eligible to play in official League and Cup matches.

Who are the coaches?

The coaches for the next cohort have not been decided on yet, but we have 12 highly qualified, full time coaches here on staff.  All  have advanced licenses from the German Football Federation with emphasis on developing young players that are on a professional pathway.

What is the team coaching staff structure?

Each Talentprojekt team has a Head Coach and an Assistant Coach. In addition, we have specialist coaches in strength, speed and coordination training, goalkeeper training, cognitive training, and a physiotherapist/Athletic Trainer.

What is the procedure for players to obtain the necessary visa to participate in the Talentprojekt?

A student visa is obtained once you are in the country.   First you register with the local government where you are living and receive a document.  The next step is to go to the regional immigration office with the documents provided by the school and the local government registry.   Talentprojekt personnel will be there with each student to accompany him through the entire process.

Is there an advantage to having, or being qualified to have an European passport?

Having a European passport is advantageous to players.  It means a player can be eligible to sign with a professional club at the age of 16.   Otherwise, the minimum age for signing for a player from outside the EU is 18. This is FIFA law.

Are parents allowed to visit?

Yes! Parents are welcome and encouraged to come visit.

What happens when a player is injured or sick?

The German medical system is one of the best in the world.  Depending on the condition, there are several local physicians we work with, in addition to our Team Physician.  For normal injuries and rehabilitation there is on-site staff available to the players every day.

What kind of medical insurance do we need?

You need to see that your current policy will extend to covering treatment services while overseas.  In addition, each player will have to get a supplemental German health policy (they are inexpensive) for backup.  Normally, for treatment there you will pay out of pocket and then submit the invoice to your insurer for reimbursement.   Medical services in Germany are significantly cheaper than in the U.S.

What does the annual tuition fee cover?

Your fee covers room and board, the international school tuition, all soccer fees and equipment, and team travel within Europe.   Additional costs are for a supplemental insurance policy (about $300 for the year), your flights to and from the U.S. and Germany, and pocket money for your son.

If I have questions or concerns about my son while he is away, who can I contact?

The management staff are very responsive to calls and emails so if you need information you can reach out directly to the Executive Director and expect a reply within 24 hours, or faster if there is an urgent need for contact.  In addition, there are numerous communication platforms for you to contact your son directly at any time, including Skype, Facetime, What’s App.  You also have the option to bring an unlocked phone and get a German SIM card so that your son has his own local phone number and you won't incur international roaming charges.