Genova International Residential Academy
The Residential Academy operates all year round out of GISS headquarters in Ovada, in the region of Piedmonte, in northern Italy.
The objective of the GISS Residential Academy is to provide a full program of player development of the highest professional standard for players who wish to come to live and breathe football as professionals do.
Ovada was chosen strategically because it finds itself 40kms from Genoa, 140kms from Milan, and 90kms from Turin - 3 major cities - and just under 2 hours drive from the French and Swiss borders.
The ideal location facilitates the availability of friendly games, played each week by the Academy team of players from abroad. The 2 hour radius embraces over 75 professional clubs to which GISS is able to send players to trial and play at a competitive level against some of Europe's biggest youth teams, including Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus, Torino FC, Genoa CFC, Sampdoria, Monaco, Nice, Lugano FC, Parma, and Modena - just to name a few.
The residential program runs from August 1st right through to June 1st, coinciding with the league competition, enabling the Academy team to play each week.
During June and July the program moves to our Spanish base in Alicante, in the Valencia region of Spain, so as to maintain continuity of competitive friendly games.
Over 82 players who have joined or passed through the GISS Residential Academy doors have signed to professional clubs in the past 6 years.