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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

"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 Castellón 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.”

arik duncan

Current University of California Berkley Player, IDA Valencia

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Chronis Elite Academy @ IDA Valencia One of our partner academies, Chronis Elite Academy, visited IDA Valencia for a 1-week group experience. Chronis Elite Academy, based in New York and managed by Andreas Chronis (former AEK Athens player), focuses on the development of 1-on-1 sessions for his players. The 1-week experience was organized by IDA […]
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