Academy : The best football school made in France



In partnership with AS Cannes, USCBO Cannes, ES Cannet-Rocheville, FC Mougins, RC Grasse, US Mandelieu, and other selected football clubs, the Academy is the gateway to high-level football. Its ambition is to have every passionate player realize his dream: to become a professional football player.

As a stimulating and performing football structure, the Academy reveals the potential, the skills and weaknesses of each player, and prepares individual programmes accordingly.

Thanks to a highly qualified staff, trained and accustomed to detect young talents, and to a personalized performance monitoring, the players can learn, explore each and every skill, improve their abilities and get a better game.  Vue de la chambre des académiciens

The Academy sport and cultural programme is focused on human behaviour in terms of body and mind harmonious development in every day practice. Pro football training in the morning, as well as some gym workshop for physical preparation. The e-study activity such as French classes or school curriculum is set from 2pm to 4pm (after lunch and rest), football training with the club in the evenings as well as some more gym training, and matches at the weekends.

Close to Ligue 1 teams  OGC Nice, AS Monaco and Olympique Marseille, the Academy offers to meet the professional players of those famous clubs, as well as FIFA agents and scouts. Visits of training centres are also part of the programme.  "A very instructive experience ! " 

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The Michel Hidalgo International Football Academy is located in Cannes on the French Riviera and the students are accommodated at Cannes International Campus, along the seashore, and close to the city centre and AS Cannes football fields. The French Riviera is one of the most wanted destinations and one of the highest touristic venues in France, not only for the Mediterranean sea clear waters, its wonderful climate,and the international Film Festival. The French Riviera is also known for its attractive cities like Nice, Monaco, Grasse …

Accommodation & meals

The campus has 110 rooms, and our academicians can choose to stay in a single or a twin room. By default, participants are placed in twin rooms, but they may be accommodated in a single room for an additional fee. Shower and toilets on each floor, every room is equipped with a washbasin and all necessary furniture (desk, chairs, cupboard…). Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) served as buffet. Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Facilities on site

Classrooms equipped with cyber material, meeting rooms, theatre (cinema and conference hall), TV-room and library, laundry room with washing machines and dryers, medical room, housekeeping, and a 24 hours reception. Gym for all physical sessions, outdoor volleyball/basketball court. 220 seats dining-hall, and its cafeteria "p'tit café", magic place for all types of entertainment, games, karaoke, and getting to know everybody ... in French.

Medical Care

The on-site nurse administers routine medical treatment for minor accidents or illnesses. When a prescription is needed, at the student's request, the nurse calls a doctor who works regularly with the campus. The doctor's visit is at the student's expense. It is a must to take up an insurance policy, such as April, Axa or other, which can cover up to 100% medical, hospital and surgery expenses.


On arrival, the student is welcomed at Nice International Airport and driven to Cannes by our local coordinator or manager. All transports that are made necessary (airport transfers, training, friendly games, Christmas holidays) are organised and covered by the Academy.


Between 7.30 and 9 Breakfast
9am to 12am 10 - 11.30
10 - 11.30
9 - 12
French class
or online study
(or gym)
10 - 11.30
with Christian Lopez
9 - 12
French class
or online study
(or gym)
10 - 12

at home
with the club
Between 12 and 1pm Lunch
From 1pm to 2pm Rest
2pm - 4.30pm Online class Online class  Online class Online class Online class Training with the Academy 
5pm and 9.30pm
Trainings with the club : AS Cannes / Cannet Rocheville / RC Grasse
 3 to 4 trainings weekly
5.30 - 7pm
Between 7 and 10pm Dinner
Between 8 and 10.30 Cares and massages   Social life, games at p'tit café, or homeworks

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At this stage, the Academy has welcomed players from 47 different nationalities : from Algeria, Australia, Bahrein, Belgium, Benin, Bermudes, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Congo, Cyprus, Denmark, England, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Kirgizstan, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali, Marocco, Mauricius, Mexico, Monaco, Nigeria, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, USA, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and New Caledonia (F).

The next programme will start on 2 January 2022 and will end on 28 May 2022. 


Spend a complete year abroad and play football, that is a lifetime experience !