Second Year Kicks Off
A team of highly talented U17 players born in 2008 and 2007 started its 8-month training in Berlin and competed against Bundesliga academies as well as local competition. The U17 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. Interested players should inquire if they can qualify by completing APPLY NOW (link on upper right on every page). Player highlight videos are required.
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 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.
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.
- Coaching Staff:
UEFA A full-time coach, full-time associate coach; plus Goalkeeper training, athletic coach and physiotherapist (part-time)
Comfortable, dormitory style double-occupancy rooms at Sportschule Wannsee in Berlin - full board (3 meals a day), laundry (self-service), common player area, gym, classroom/conference room. Click here to learn more.
3 meals per day, anti-inflammatory diet, water provided during training and during the day
Training curriculum of Hertha Berlin Academy is duplicated, daily training on the highest level with pro coaches
Direct access to HB scouting and if selected tryouts with Hertha Berlin and other Bundesliga and German clubs
Highly competitive games with Bundesliga academies and other clubs
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
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
“Berlin has always had a historical and special connection with the USA. We look forward to welcoming our Integrated Academy players from International Soccer Academy.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“America has a plethora of soccer talent. Finding the next Pulisic or Reyna is our goal and why we have partnered with International Soccer Academy.”
“We asked Hertha Berlin to duplicate their academy model as closely as possible — and they asked us to deliver really talented players who have the potential to become pros.”
“We are extremely proud to announce our partnership with Hertha Berlin which has one of the best German academies. Now we can bring a once-in-a-lifetime soccer opportunity and an amazing cultural experience to more American youth soccer players.”
“The goal is to train top American youth soccer players to become pros and be part of the future of football. We are driven to improve access to high quality coaching and provide real opportunities in top quality Bundesliga clubs for ambitious footballers.”
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.
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.
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.