Soccer Management Institute offers a unique opportunity to study and play soccer in Rome, Italy.We offer three different programs: graduate, study abroad, and GAP year. The aim of the Soccer Management Institute is to provide an unforgettable experience where receiving a top education, playing soccer at a high level, and living in a beautiful city surrounded by history, art and tradition is possible.


At Soccer Management Institute, you have endless possibilities to learn from a professional faculty staff. We want our student-athletes to strive for success and we are here to provide the best tools to make them achieve their professional goals.


Soccer Management Institute, in partnership with “The American University of Rome”, is the only program in Italy that gives you the opportunity to study and play abroad at the same time. You can choose from a variety of programs to suit the needs of students who are currently at different stages of their academic and athletic careers.

If soccer is your passion, our professional soccer academy is the perfect environment for you to improve as a player, learn new aspects of the game, showcase your skills to several club teams, and eventually sign with one of them.

If that is not enough for you, how about the possibility to experience Rome on a genuine and profound level? Seated on the green, quiet Janiculum hill overlooking one of the oldest cities of civilization, The American University o Rome (AUR) offers students a unique and insightful educational, athletic, and cultural experience. The campus is located in the historic Trastevere district near the Vatican, populated by locals and people from all over the world that come to the Eternal City to witness the historical atmosphere offered by one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Visiting Rome as a tourist is not enough to understand this complex city. As a student attending our program, you will deeply experience the Italian culture and immerse yourself into the life of Rome.

Live a lifetime experience, be a student-athlete in Italy!


Our unique master’s program is designed for those who want to pursue a successful career in the sports industry. We have reshaped the typical sports management degree according to the modern trends which completely changed the approach to this industry. Sports is a very complex and dynamic subject and that is why it is very important to stay up to date and be able to adapt to changes. The goal is to provide our students with a comprehensive understanding of all aspects that directly and indirectly govern the industry. Participants acquire the necessary knowledge to become fully qualified professionals regardless of the specific area of expertise chosen.

Other than Sports Management, our program focuses on a specific aspect of the game: Coaching. Lots of student-athletes decide to pursue a career in coaching after their playing experience. That is why SMI offers professional and specific coaching classes. We want to provide our students with a comprehensive knowledge, keeping in mind the number scientific, socio-cultural, economic and legal aspects necessary for the functioning and development of the sport. Not only our students learn in classroom, they also have the possibility to apply the acquired knowledge on the field by leading training sessions.

Here you can find more details about our one-year master’s program in Sports Management & Coaching


University works with renowned education institutions in the U.S. and individual ‘independent’ visiting students to provide a range of exciting and challenging programs that meet the needs of Study Abroad students and are fully integrated with their home programs. At the same time, they can be part of our professional soccer academy led by some of the best coaches in the sector. We are the only institution that can offer this kind of opportunity in Italy, one of the most fascinating countries in the world. Study in Rome and explore Italy and Europe.

Credits and Accreditation

Study Abroad students can join us for a semester, a summer, or a full year, and transfer credits earned back to their home institutions. “The American University of Rome” is accredited by the “Middle State Commission on Higher Education


Get ready for college and see what Italy has to offer!

Take a year off after high-school to improve as a player and focus completely on soccer. The Italian soccer school is known to be one of the most prestigious in the world in terms of tactical and technical skills. Use your gap year to learn from some of the top coaches our country has developed in these past years and take your game to the next level. After one year in Italy, you will become a better player and consequently have access to:

  • Higher athletic scholarships in college
  • Professional opportunities
  • Tryouts with teams in Italy

At the end of your Gap Year, you will also have the option to attend our undergraduate program in Rome and keep improving as a player through our professional soccer academy. Our best talents sign with Italian clubs and compete at their highest level.


With Soccer Management Institute, you have also the option to use your Gap Year to start earning college credits that are easily transferrable to your future college institution. Other than improving your soccer abilities, you can register to the classes offered by our partner “The American University of Rome”. Each student can earn up to 30 credit hours throughout the year (15 per semester). AUR offers a variety of courses to suit our students’ needs and passions.

Combine soccer and academics to live an extraordinary experience surrounded by the spectacular scenery of Rome.

Professional Faculty

At Soccer Management Institute, you can learn from world-class, internationally recognized faculty who are committed to providing you with the encouragement and individual attention you need to fully realize your academic potential. Their expertise in so many fields will open your eyes and mind to the professional possibilities that await you.

Our faculty is committed to give you the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in your professional career. Through their guidance, students gain important connections in the sports industry which are a fundamental aspect in today’s world. One of the main goals of SMI is to provide our students with a strong network that can create internships, part-time, and full-time opportunities with some of the most important national and international agencies in different sectors.