Soccer - Rome City Institute

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Be part of One of the Best Pro Soccer Academy in the World

Experience club competition

Be coached by UEFA licensed coaches

Impove your game by training like a Pro

Pro Academy

Thanks to Rome City Institute, our student-athletes are provided with a professional setting to train while getting the exposure to showcase their talent to clubs all year long. 


Our top tier staff is led by head coach Fabrizio Piccaretta. Having managed all throughout Europe, his managerial highlight was time spent in the Premier League with Sunderland AFC. Alongside Fabrizio is our Strength & Conditioning coach, Marco Montini.  Marco has worked with the Italian soccer federation for years and is currently the Strength & Conditioning coach for the u21 Italian National team alongside his Rome City role. Our women’s head coach Richard Demuro has multiple years of experience working with professional clubs in London.


  • The official academy Lega Serie A
  • Professional coaches
  • 9 month-long season
  • College and club competition
  • Exposure to Italian clubs
  • Professional facilities
  • International environment
  • 5 practices per week 

Experience Club Competition

Rome City Institute offers the unique possibility to compete at a club level in Italy.

Our club placement team is well connected with professional, semi professional and amateur clubs within Rome, in order to give our players the chance to test their skills against Italian competition.

Our student-athletes will train in the morning with our professional academy, while in the afternoon they will have the chance to train with different local clubs. For these Italian clubs, the season begins by the end of August and ends in early May. 

Official league games are played once a week, either on Saturday or Sunday, while cup competitions might include weeknight games.

In addition, the Men’s University Soccer Team will also participate in the University League, a tournament amongst universities in the city of Rome, which our team proudly won in the ‘21-’22 season.

Mauro Girini
Athletic Director & Head of Football

After 3 years alongside Italian Legend Alessandro Nesta, Mauro Girini is currently our Athletic Director & Head of Football as well as U19 Women’s Italian National Team Coach

Marco Montini
Director of Performance

Marco Montini is the S&C Coach of the U19 Men’s Italian national Team as well as Rome City Institute Professor of Sport Science.

Cristiano Viotti
Director of GK 

After many years as the Head of GK Methodology for the Women’s Italian National Team and GK coach of the First Team, he is now the GK Coach for Champions League and Serie A Club SS Lazio. At the same time is going to work with Rome City Athletic Department as head of our Gk coaching methodology. 

Train Like a Pro

Rome City Institute is highly focused on athlete-improvement under all aspects.The techniques of our coaching staff is utilized to unleash our student-athletes’ maximum potential. 

To assist our coaching staff at practices, we believe in a technical approach with technology on the field. Every day, our athletes will be monitored and recorded through specific technology that allows our coaches to analyze the distances, touches, speed and cardio of our players.  Based on data through practice and match analyses, our coaching staff is focused on improving performances.

Rome City Training Center

Located in the center of Rome, our training center is 18 aches large, which allows our athletes to live a professional experience in every aspect. From the soccer pitch you can experience one of the most breathtaking views in the world. In May 1926, the Cardinal Pietro Gasparri consecrated this magical place


The center includes:

  • 11vs11 soccer pitch Two 5vs5 soccer pitch and one 8vs8 soccer pitch
  • Two Basketball Court
  • Training & Physio Room
  • Swimming pool
  • Padel courts
  • Cafeteria for our athletes.



Successful stories

Emily Garnier – Rome City Institute Master Alumni Class of 2018

Before joining Rome City, Emily played in NCAA Divison II at Colorado State of Mines, where she completed her undergraduate. While completing the Master in Sport Management and Coaching with Rome City Institute, Emily signed for Empoli, a professional club which competes in Serie B, second top division in the nation. With Empoli, Emily won the league and got promoted to Serie A. After playing another season with Empoli in Serie A,Emily then moved to DBK Fortuna in Denmark where she played in the Champions League. The year after she moved to Napoli in Serie A and now is playing with Australia in the A league.

Jess Shanahan – Rome City Institute Master Alumni Class of 2020

Jess joined Rome City Institute from LaSalle University, where she competed in NCAA D1, top Division in the United States for college soccer. While being a master student at the Rome City Institute, Jess  signed with Lazio, one of the best clubs in the country, in Serie B. In the same year, Jess won the league with Lazio and got promoted to Serie A. Now she is the head coach of Eastern University Women’s soccer team, which competes in NCAA Division III. 

Andres Ochoa – Rome City Institute Master Alumni Class of 2020

Andres joined Rome City Institute in 2019, from University of the Pacific. He completed his master’s degree in 2020 and he is now the Assistant Coach at UCLA, one of the most prestigious colleges in the United States.