The SMI gap year program is powered by College Life Italia which represents the main bridge between Italy and USA in the world of sports related to education. As of 2020, CLI has assisted more than a thousand student-athletes and gave access to more than $100 million in scholarships.

With the SMI gap year program, we offer the opportunity to play soccer at a high level in Italy by attending Rome City FC, our professional soccer academy. The objective of Rome City FC is to develop our players tactically, technically, and physically and to prepare them for a higher level of soccer.

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Rome City FC

If soccer is your passion, you cannot pass up the opportunity to train and play soccer at a high level in our private academy located in Rome, a few steps away from the main attractions of the city. Rome City FC is a professional soccer academy where you can keep growing as a player and as an individual. Rome City FC gives you the opportunity to showcase your talent while in Italy and learn new aspects of the game directly from our professional coaching staff. Italian soccer is known for its tactical and technical excellence, two fundamental areas to become a better player. With our program you have an entire season to improve as a player and express your talent to make it to the highest level. Get the most out of this experience by learning from some of the best coaches of the Italian soccer school. The gap year program is the perfect step to access new opportunities at collegiate and club level.
  • Training 6 times per week
  • Weekly games against Italian clubs
  • Tryouts and showcases
  • UEFA A licensed coaches
  • 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
  • Student Visa Assistance