International Soccer Academy was established in the United States in 2020 to provide a groundbreaking pathway for talented North American players. By 2021, we expanded to the prestigious Academy of Schalke 04, the Knappenschmiede followed by a second Team at the Bundesliga Club, Hertha Berlin, and a third team at Sportwerk in Germany. Our expansion plan will see teams at other renowned Clubs in the Bundesliga, Ligue 1, La Liga, and Liga Portugal. Following a unique methodology in each of our centers, we want to give American players the opportunity to play and train in Europe with a view to developing their skills, and showcasing their talent to generate professional opportunities.

All our players go through a rigorous scouting process – both live and virtual to be placed in one of these European rosters. All aspects of our Integrated Academy teams, including matches, staff, education, cultural exchange, and facilities, exceed the expectations of our players. We combine best-in-class European methodology and coaching with the sought-after American physicality and athleticism through expert UEFA A Licensed coaches.

The demand for well-rounded American players is at an all-time high in the world and our individualized development programs and exposure opportunities lead players to top professional organizations and prestigious universities. Playing highly competitive weekly matches in Europe allows players to reach their maximum potential and enhance individual and collective performance. We build smart, physically prepared, and mentally strong players capable of succeeding at the highest level. However, just as important to us is taking care of our players after they complete our program. The success of our players is a responsibility we take seriously and we always continue mentoring our players. We believe it is our responsibility to continue assisting our players – whether it’s a second year at International Soccer Academy, arranging trials in professional clubs and signing contracts, or returning home and playing collegiate soccer.

About Our Founders

Eddie Loewen

Former German professional soccer player, Eddie Loewen has made it his mission post-retirement to connect talented American players with Europe’s top academies. Eddie is also a renowned coach with a UEFA A License as well as a USSF B. Born and raised in Germany, Eddie played for several German professional clubs and also represented the German National Team as captain in Beach Soccer. Eddie then moved to the United States and focus on his biggest passion – coaching. He has been Head Coach of the German and Indian National Beach Soccer Teams as well as co-authoring the FIFA Beach Soccer Coach Manuel.

As a co-founder of the International Soccer Academy, Eddie’s role is to make sure the best talent is recruited from North America and placed in a suitable Club in Europe. Eddie is also involved in the trial processes for our Integrated Academy team players. He not only sets up the trials but also accompanies our players and spearheads the negotiation process as their representative.   He also mentors all our current players and alumni.

Apart from International Soccer Academy. Eddie is also the founder and CEO of Global Soccer Development, where he has given over 2,000 American youth players the chance to train in Europe.

Eddie resides in Tampa, Florida with his family.

Diane Scavuzzo

Born in Geneva, Switzerland, cofounder Diane Scavuzzo is in charge of everything that takes place outside the pitch. Diane is an experienced PR and Marketing expert who is also the Founder and CEO of the acclaimed SoccerToday – Voice of American Soccer. Having published thousands of stories on the youth soccer scene in the United States, Diane came to the realization that many talented American players’ are hindered by their geography and that there was a real need for authentic training with professional soccer clubs in Europe. She and Eddie created International Soccer Academy to provide a pro residency academy for elite players to live and breathe soccer while being fully immersed in the highest level of training abroad to prepare for the next step of their careers. Diane is committed to making sure the environment maximizes each player’s potential and enables them to embrace their opportunities.

Prior to launching SoccerToday in 2011, Diane had a Public Relations firm on Madison Avenue in New York City and focused on the Entertainment, Fashion and Hospitality industries. From placing her clients on the cover of Vanity Fair or the pages of Vogue to working with Oprah Winfrey and syndicated TV, her unrivaled media savvy is the culmination of years of marketing experience and helps showcase the achievements of Integrated Academy programs and its talented players.

In 2021, Diane received the United Soccer Coaches’ Presidential Recognition Award.

A longtime New Yorker, Diane has recently moved back to the East Coast from Southern California.

About Our Pro Partnerships

FC Schalke 04

The famed Knappenschmiede has produced 2014 World Cup winners Benedikt Höwedes, Julian Draxler, Manuel Neuer, and Mesut Özil. Home-grown Schalke talents have started in the Champions League as well as world-class matches around the globe. Through its optimal youth development, the Knappenschmiede’s aim is for its youth talents to continuously make the step into the club’s first-team squad.

Hertha Berlin

Hertha Berlin is the epitome of a modern football club; international, diverse, and focused on the future of the game and developing talented players into professionals.

The Bundesliga club has consistently provided opportunities on their first team to youth players. Hertha Berlin academy players have made appearances in over 450 League matches — with at least one academy player playing the entire 90-minute match, each game. In addition, 55 youth players have made their professional debut since 2001, a number most clubs are unable to achieve.

“I am always happy to hear from Eddie and have an open ear for players that he recommends from the USA.”

MARTIN SIEGBERT, Head Scout for the Pro Team, Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga Club
Udo Platzer

My door is always open for him and for any players that he recommends for Trials at RWE. I am always happy to see Eddie, because he is a very modest, and passionable coach, who understands the games and the level of the German Pro Youth Academies.

Udo Platzer

Head Coach U16, Rot Weiss Essen

Frank Schaefer

It is a great pleasure for us to support Eddie Loewen’s project. We have had only good experiences. During this long time of working together, we have a real “sport-friendship“.

Frank Schaefer

Youth Academy Director (U9-U23), Fortuna Duesseldorf (2.Bundesliga Club)


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Our scouts require a highlight video and coach recommendations. All approved players will have Zoom meetings with the program’s coaching staff.

Let’s Talk About Your Future

We are focused on developing confident and successful players. What are your goals? Driven to get a pro contract in the USA or abroad? Want to play DI collegiate soccer? Reach out to us to discuss your future — and how we can help you reach your potential.

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Elite youth soccer players training in Europe to develop their skills deserve great training and real opportunities. That is what we deliver.

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