International Soccer Academy


Hertha Berlin U18 Integrated Academy
For The 2024/25 Team

Integrated Residential Academy
at Hertha Berlin


Second Year Kicks Off

A team of highly talented U18 players born in 2008 and 2007 started its 8-month training in Berlin and competed against Bundesliga academies as well as local competition. The U18 Integrated Academy team followed the same curriculum as the Hertha Berlin academy teams.

The 2023/24 season runs from August 23, 2023 through May 14, 2024
with a holiday break from December 14, 2023 to January 15, 2024.

Virtual tryouts are currently available for the 2024/25 season. Click here for the nationwide tryout and scouting schedule. Interested players should inquire if they can qualify by completing the PLAYER INQUIRY form. Player highlight videos are required.

The Future Belongs to 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.

Can You Imagine
Being an Academy Player?

The 2023/24 season starts on August 23, 2023 and runs through May 14, 2024 with a holiday break from December 14, 2022 to January 15, 2023.

"The United States has proven to be a strong force to reckon with, when it comes to soccer talents. Working with International Soccer Academy, we are looking forward to be able to find and develop hidden stars."

Pablo Thiam - Former Academy Director, Hertha Berlin

Hertha Berlin By The Numbers


7 German Championship Titles with U17 & U19


Hertha Berlin Academy has 250 youth players in 11 teams (U9-U23)


55 youth players have made their professional debut since 2001


100+ employees in the Academy


450 League match appearances with at least one academy player playing the entire 90 minute match, each game.


Hertha Berlin Academy has players from 40 different countries who speak 27 native languages.

"We are thrilled with the recruits for this years U17 Integrated Academy Team. They have already proven to be competitive with their first four wins against German Academy Teams and I’m sure they will develop a lot within this year."

Dirk Dufner - Former Director of Recruitment, Hertha Berlin

The Hertha Berlin Academy —
education and football

The Integrated Academy program offers unsurpassed and unequaled opportunities for USA players to immerse themselves in a top professional club in Germany. Each Integrated Academy team has a dedicated Hertha Berlin UEFA A Licensed head coach and assistant coach. This is an unsurpassed chance for youth soccer players to develop their skills.

Hertha Berlin’s goal is always excellence in sporting, academic and character development. The mission is to train top talent for the first team while always creating a strong identity among their youth players.

Players will only be offered one of the highly sought after  20-player roster spots once approved by Hertha Berlin scouts and coaches.

"We want to help America’s
talented U17 soccer players
develop to their full potential
on Hertha Berlin’s
Integrated Academy."

Pablo Thiam - Former Academy Director, Hertha Berlin

The Best Players Need to
Train with Amazing Coaches

The International Soccer Academy partnership with Hertha Berlin gives 2006-2007 players the rare opportunity to intensely develop their football skills. Mirroring the structure of the Hertha Berlin Academy, players will experience what a myriad of youth international players already have — the life of a professional with a rigorous training schedule, stimulating school curriculum, and challenging test matches against top youth Bundesliga clubs.

"We are very pleased with the way International Soccer Academy’s Integrated Academy has kicked off in Berlin. We have some great talents and most importantly, I’m sure each player can learn a lot from this intense sporting and cultural exchange."

Fredi Bobic - Former Managing Director, Hertha Berlin

The Academy

Hertha Berlin tracks and observes the development of talented players and invites only the best to train at their Bundesliga Academy. International Soccer Academy and Hertha Berlin have collaborated on the methodology for the groundbreaking 2008/07 Integrated Academy.

The main goal of Hertha Berlin Academy is to develop a youth into a professional player.

The academy is an essential building block and the future of the club.

Proud To Wear

Our Players Are Sporting Hertha Berlin Gear on The Field

Our Pledge to Top 2008/07 Players

Players Deserve To Be Trained by Top Coaches with UEFA PRO or A Licenses.

No Soccer Compromises

Redefining the future of youth soccer, this joint initiative provides a completely integrated player development program with Hertha Berlin. This unique immersion program was created to meet the higher needs of America’s most elite 2008/07 players.

Players will train at the Hertha Berlin campus and Berliner Fußball Verband.

No Academic Compromises

Players can take advantage of our educational partner, Arizona State University (ASU), which has a rigorous preparatory academy — perfect for serious student-athletes.  A part of Arizona State University, ASU is an accredited online school with an accelerated path toward college admission — and offers a flexible schedule so players can train and travel without missing school. (Additional costs apply).

Our Commitment to Players

This is the real deal. Excellent training. Intense Skill Development. Amazing Coaches. Scouting Opportunities. Official Hertha Berlin Training Gear and Uniform. Highly competitive games with Bundesliga academy teams and other clubs for a full season. Tickets for Hertha Berlin’s Bundesliga home matches.

"I was able to make my professional debut when I was 17 years old at Hertha Berlin — two years after joining its Youth Academy. I am really grateful to the wonderful Hertha Berlin Academy coaches and the staff who have made my dreams come true."

Maximilian Mittelstädt - has already made over 125 appearances in the Bundesliga playing for Hertha Berlin

Dedicated to the Player's Success

Integrated 2008/07 Residential Program Provides Complete, Authentic Player Centric Development & Exposure

  • Matches:
    Highly competitive games with Bundesliga academies and other clubs
  • Uniforms:
    Players will wear official Hertha Berlin kits
  • Video Analysis:
    Matches will be filmed with the Veo camera system and analyzed, and players will be able to create individual highlight reels
  • Live Streaming of Matches:
    Our matches will be live streamed through Eleven Sports which will allow family, friends and recruiters to be part of the match experience
  • Pedagogical Support:
    Two (2) Full-time resident advisors
  • Transportation:
    For team activities like games, a bus or multiple vans will be provided; student-athletes will have access to a ticket which will enable the players to use the extensive public transportation system in Berlin (bus, train, subway)
  • Cultural Immersion:
    Each player will participate in a soccer oriented German language course and additionally the team will participate in at least 10 cultural/ social excursions to learn about Germany's history and culture
  • Guest Speakers:
    To not only develop the players on the field, International Soccer Academy and Hertha Berlin are committed to providing guest speakers who can help shape the players character in a positive and impactful way as well as offer mental strength training to improve performance under pressure
  • Bundesliga Experience:
    International Soccer Academy players will have access to Hertha Berlin Bundesliga matches
  • Social Media:
    Videos, pictures will tell the daily/weekly story of our players living, training, and competing in Germany

Hertha Berlin Integrated Academy Team Residence

"California-raised, I joined Hertha Berlin II in 2021 and love how international Berlin is. I was impressed with Hertha Berlin’s seamless integration of American players."

Joel Bustamante - Former FC Dallas Academy player

Application Timeline


Virtual Tryouts - Apply Online

Submit highlight video and/or coaching recommendations. All applications will undergo an evaluation process. Hertha Berlin scouts will review player highlight reels.


In-person Tryouts

Another pathway to get approved. Hertha Berlin scouts will review player highlight reels.


Personal Zoom Interview

With Eddie Loewen and/or International Soccer Academy coaching staff


Complete Player Application and Submit Deposit

If a player is accepted, he will complete and sign the Player Agreement. A non-refundable deposit is required.


On-Boarding Process

Zoom sessions


Arrival on Site in Berlin, Germany

Parents are welcome to come and bring their players to Berlin and attend the welcome ceremony at Olympiastadion Berlin.

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on any of our International Soccer Academy pro-level residential programs.

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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.

Youth Soccer Players

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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