Alexis Gallice has imagined the French Soccer Institute© (FSI) concept from a blend of his soccer background as a player and educator in France and US, his university studies, entrepreneurial experiences and own professional soccer’s network. He has been influenced by the special history of his family.
His grand father, René Gallice, an international and professional soccer player from the end of the 30’s until the 50’s, joined the France Libre as a soldier and took part in the main fightings of the World War II. His father, Jean Gallice, played for FC Girondins de Bordeaux, Olympique Lyonnais and the French Men National Team (FMNT) in the 70’s and 80’s, and, as a trainer for the French Football Federation (FFF) in the 2000’s, is one of the contributor of the “Formation à la française”.
They are the 1st family with two following generations to be part of the FMNT “Les Bleus”.
The will and the goal of Alexis Gallice is to create and develop a French-American and an international collective dynamic of experts, professionals, players, researchers, fans and lovers of football/soccer, considered as a game, and a powerful lever of action for people’s development and society evolution.
The FSI has to initiate, to be a main actor and to be focused on the football/soccer re-evolution©, an on-going process of continuous improvement : youth training, coach and educator training, club’s philosophy, strategy, management, marketing and communication, fans’ experience, stadium and facilities programming and operating, etc.
The FSI is at the same time a platform and a bridge between US and Europe, as a place for sharing experiences.
Our innovative concepts
The FSI Technical Committee has created the concepts of
soccer re-evolution© and territory of training©
And It’s through these 2 innovative concepts that the FSI field staff work for and with the local communities, clubs, universities, colleges, schools and players.
Our field staff use the systemic and the ecological approaches for clubs’ projects, youth training programming and sessions, players’ development.
Our experience & network
"I’ve noticed how in-depth and how comprehensively the French think about what they’re doing. Can we see ourselves as educators, rather than coaches? In other words: not playing to win on the weekend but developing the player to win in the future and to become a professional."John WolyniecNew York MetroStars/Red Bulls forward, reserve team coach and player development coordinator
"The French way – We must always take a look at successful soccer nations and learn from what they do and how they do it. (...) The French have had great success in producing winning teams and highly skilled players. And, they seem to have a working, well thought-out formula in place to continue to do so in the future."Gordon MillerVirginia Youth Soccer Association Technical Director
"Youth sport development – Could we learn some lessons from the French soccer development process? Here is some food for thought. This transcends soccer! • Emphasis on experimentation and creativity not matches • Access to top coaches • Value on unstructured play • 7 year olds play no format larger than 5V5 • No child slotted into one position until teenage years • Individual technique emphasized through age 16 over tactics • Coaches need to be quality demonstrators • Yelling at players not tolerated • All training must be fun"Vern GambettaDirector of Gambetta Sports Training Systems
"The idea was to focus on who’s coaching the coaches. We decided to go to the source. The French Football Federation really revolutionized player development in Europe. It’s about creating intelligent players. It’s about teaching the coaches how to set that up, how to do that."Tim BezbatchenkoToronto FC's general manager
"We are incredibly excited about this new partnership with the French Football Federation. As part of our vision to be among the top leagues in the world by 2022, we are committed to becoming leaders in the area of player development. This initiative will provide an important learning opportunity for MLS youth academies."Todd DurbinMLS Executive Vice President of Player Relations & Competition
- "The French have a proven track record of developing top class coaches and always seem to have a constant stream of talented young players coming up through their league structure before being sold to the World’s top clubs."Dave RowaanSoccer journalist (Soccer Canada)
- "Over the last decade or even two, France has arguably been the soccer world’s most consistent producer of elite creative talent. Certainly, other countries can stake a claim to that distinction, but surely none are quite so elaborate and deliberate in the pedagogy of their future generations of professionals."Leander SchaerlaeckensSoccer journalist (Fox soccer)
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"Best developmental training for players and coaches in CA! If you want your child to develop their skill, knowledge of the game, knowledge of the field, how to make solutions for their teammates and make better decisions during state of play then know FSI will be able to attain this development for your child. As a coach I am able to take my team to next level play and myself to next level coaching! One thousand thank you’s FSI !"StacieParent
"I think it’s great that they’re giving back to the community and especially if it’s something they want to start, like, building a rapport here, I think it’s a good idea they’re giving back.”KellyParent
"It’s sounds pretty exciting. The level of play over in Europe is definitely higher than here in the United States, so we want to see what they have to offer.”DebraParent
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"I wanted to congratulate you on having brought FSI to the school. As parents, we have been enjoying Seiji’s training and Seiji’s Saturday games and clinics. It is really inspiring to be able to meet with renown French soccer players who are currently playing at teams like the LA Galaxy. It also adds to the purpose of our children being at SDFAS to be able to have after school activities in French. Ludovic is also a very warm and enthusiastic coach whom the children really like.”TereParent