Connecting dreams globally:

your journey, Our expertise.

The International Development Academy provides once-in-a-lifetime experiences for aspiring youth soccer players. At IDA, we offer:



World-class facilities, coaching, and accommodations

Test yourself against the best regional competitors and teams

Opportunities to play with partner clubs



Collegiate and professional scouting

Networking opportunities to prove yourself

Individual highlight reel development, insight, and guidance throughout the recruiting process



First-class dormitories, full academic resources, and local cultural immersion

Analysis and insight from collegiate and professional coaches/players

24/7 support and advice from coaching staff

Explore Our Academies


our curriculum

IDA helps student-athletes find the educational pathway that's right for them, building an environment for growth, development, and success on and off the field.

recruiting experience

IDA offers unique college placement services for International student-athletes. We help athletes find the perfect fir for the next stage in their journey.

invaluable experiences

IDA offers short-term programs where student-athletes can come and train, play and immerse themselves in the IDA culture. With various program options, there is something for everyone.

immerse yourself

Whether it's playing abroad in Spain for a semester or joining IDA UK for a short-term program, IDA is continually offering new cultural experiences and excursions for our players.

notable alumni


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"The care you get from the coaches is amazing. They help you on and off the pitch, and they really focus on helping you develop as a person. Training at IDA has really helped me level up.”

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jeremy de leon

Current Real Madrid Player, IDA Valencia

“It introduced me to a more focused lifestyle. I had the field right next to where I lived and I was constantly training everyday. Constantly having access to the gym, pool, recovery, being able to train as much as I was, it really prepared me to take the next step in a competitive environment.”

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Current University of California Berkley Player, IDA Valencia

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Jeremy De Leon Wins Champions League...

Jeremy De Leon’s remarkable journey from the International Development Academy (IDA) to Real Madrid has reached a new pinnacle. Despite joining Real Madrid just earlier this year, Jeremy’s impact has been immediate and profound, capturing the attention of soccer enthusiasts and Real Madrid’s manager, Carlo Ancelotti. The Talisman and a Historic Win Carlo Ancelotti surprised […]
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Ancelotti Selects Jeremy De Leon for...

Jeremy De Leon’s consistent call-ups at Real Madrid are capturing the attention of soccer enthusiasts around the world. Though he joined the team just earlier this year, his impact is already being noticed by none other than Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid’s Manager. Despite not being eligible to play in the Champions League this season due […]
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Navigating the Evolving US Youth Soccer...

In the evolving landscape of US youth soccer, systemic changes, exemplified by recent updates like the MLS Next Academy age bracket changes, can often push players and their families into a place of uncertainty. The system’s priorities, often skewed towards collective interests over individual talent cultivation, force young athletes and their supporters to find their […]
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Maximizing Your Gap Year at the...

Maximizing Your Gap Year at the International Development Academy As March unfolds, high school seniors across the nation anxiously await admissions decisions from colleges and universities. For many aspiring soccer players, this period is not just about academic acceptance but also about securing a spot on a collegiate soccer team. However, the reality is that […]
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From Puerto Rico to the Global Stage:...

From Puerto Rico to the Global Stage: Adrian Biaggi’s Journey with IDA Adrian Biaggi’s remarkable journey stands as a testament to the transformative power of international exposure and opportunities. Hailing from the vibrant soccer scene in Puerto Rico, Adrian’s rise from obscurity to becoming a national team captain is a story that echoes across borders […]
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IDA Agrees Exclusive Partnership Deal...

IDA Agrees Exclusive Partnership Deal with Ghana’s Medeama SC IDA is proud to announce the launch of its brand-new partnership with Medeama SC of the Ghanaian Premier League and CAF Champions League. This is a first of its kind relationship for IDA with Medeama becoming its first fully professional club partner. The extent of this […]
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IDA and Toronto United FC: A ...

IDA and Toronto United FC: A  Meaningful Partnership IDA is proud to create partnerships with clubs that open doors for players from all over the world. Sebastien Blanchet, a 16-year-old left-back, and Malcolm Thompson, a 16-year-old center-back, recently embarked on such a journey with IDA, the International Development Academy. Both players from Toronto United FC […]
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James Wielfaert Commits to Rollins...

James Wielfaert Commits to Rollins College: From Belgium to IDA Valencia to Florida, USA In the summer of 2022, James Wielfaert embarked on a transformative journey that would shape his soccer career and academic pursuits. Hailing from Belgium, James was initially invited to the Levante Academy, but it was the allure of IDA Valencia that […]
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IDA’s Partnership with Puerto...

IDA’s Partnership with Puerto Rico Surf The International Development Academy (IDA) takes great pride in its enduring partnership with Puerto Rico Surf, a collaboration that has been thriving since the inception of the Academy in 2020. From the outset, Puerto Rico Surf wholeheartedly embraced IDA’s mission, recognizing the potential for growth and excellence in soccer […]
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IDA’s Professional Pathway...

Our IDA staff was recruiting at the 2019 Youdan Cup in England when they noticed a stand-out player. In a game between GPS National Team and Sheffield United, GPS player Jeremy De Leon took the spotlight. Jeremey, being a former Puerto Rico Surf player, decided to join IDA Valencia in 2020 to complete his high […]
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Attending University in the United...

At the International Development Academy, we offer several academic opportunities for those looking to continue their undergraduate education. At our UK academy in Reading, England, our players have access to the University of Reading, to study on an award-winning campus steeped in over 150 years of history.  IDA student-athletes will be able to have flexible […]
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IDA Injury Rehabilitation Experience...

Thane Latzig is a midfielder who joined IDA UK from Fort Collins, Colorado. He is a very motivated and hard-working individual, so when he went down in the Royal Pre Season Cup tournament this year with an injury, he knew he immediately needed to jump into rehab and work towards his next goal: getting healthy. […]
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DME Academy Returns From The...

After a thrilling time at SCI Salou 2023, DME Academy shared with us a recap of their time in Spain: WOW, what an experience. The 2007, 2010 boys and 2012 girls from DME Academy recently returned home from their Thanksgiving trip to Salou Spain for the International Surf Cup. With hundreds of teams from across […]
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EJ Futball – IDA’s Partner...

EJ Futball Training, located in Washington, USA, is a proud partner of IDA. EJ Futball specializes in 1v1 and group training. EJ Futball recently brought two teams to the Surf Cup International Salou tournament sponsored by IDA. As official partners of IDA, EJ Futball teams were invited onto IDA Valencia’s campus in order to prepare […]
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Surf Cup International Salou 2023 Recap

International Development Academy was a proud sponsor of Surf Cup International Salou 2023. With just a short 3 hour drive to Salou, our Valencia staff played a critical role in the tournament  and gave the perfect opportunity for them to scout top players for IDA.  On top of IDA’s support in the tournament, SCI Salou […]
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Sneak Peak of a Week at IDA

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