Scuola di calcio / Soccer Academy

Scuola di Calcio (Soccer Academy Program) is a training and team placement program for students and friends of Scuola Marco Polo. The program is organized and run by experienced coaches and is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to boys and girls aged four and older. The program also aims to educate students on the values of sportsmanship and camaraderie. Training sessions will be conducted in Italian to help students learn the language in a fun and exciting way.

The soccer program will be offered twice a year, from March to May and from October to November. The program is open to students of Italian language classes, as well as other children interested in learning soccer in an Italian full-immersion setting.

Please send an email to to learn more about this program and how to get involved. We welcome new kids, as well as volunteers to keep the program alive!

Our Coach: Andrea De Blasio

Hi! My name is Andrea De Blasio, I was born in Saronno, Varese and moved to Philadelphia in 2013. I am the Managing Director for ISENET-USA,LLC, a small biotech manufacturing company in the field of cancer research. I graduated from Drexel University in Chemical and Biological Engineering.

During my whole life I played soccer for many teams and attended 17 years of soccer school. In Philadelphia I joined a team and participated in the CASA Soccer League, and I also was selected for the Italian national team at the Philadelphia Unity Cup, a tournament organized every summer in Philadelphia.

My favorite soccer team is AC Milan and I love teaching what I learned during my soccer experience, but above all I love to put a smile on kids’ faces while playing a great sport as soccer.

My best quote is: “Il calcio non e’ uno sport di singoli ma di squadra. Non fate mai l’abitudine alla vittoria: non gli starete cosi simpatici a lungo” (Soccer is not a sport made by individuals, but teamwork. Never get used to victory, you will not be likeable to her for a long time) -Bobby Charlton-