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Determined Student-Athletes Wanted

Football and Academic Excellence

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

Individualized soccer and educational pathways for determined student-athletes of all levels

All-inclusive academy experiences around the world

Professional-grade sports facilities, accommodations, technology, equipment, and staff

The IDA Difference

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Elite Training & Competition

  • World-class facilities, coaching, and accommodations
  • Test yourself against the best regional competitors and teams
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Exposure & Access

  • Collegiate and professional scouting and networking opportunities
  • Individual highlight reel development, insight, and guidance throughout the recruiting process
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Education & Support

  • First-class dormitories, full academic resources, and local cultural immersion
  • Analysis and insight from collegiate and professional coaches/players

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Explore Our Academies

Academic Offering

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.

College Placement

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

International Soccer Camps

IDA offers unique soccer camp experiences for athletes aged 13-18 with multiple destinations including Valencia, Spain & Reading, UK.

Interested In Attending IDA?

From professional-grade sports facilities and accommodations, world-class technology and solid leadership - our goal is to deliver your athlete a once in a life time experience.

Take a look at some of our own

Jeremy De Leon

Castellon | Puerto Rico National Team

Jeremy De Leon

After his time at IDA, Jeremy went on to represent Puerto Rico in the 2022 CONCACAF U-20 Championship qualifying where he scored a brace against Bermuda and helped his team qualify for the final tournament. 

 

Jeremy now plays for Castellón in the third division of the Spanish soccer pyramid. 

 

His favorite part of his IDA experience? The film. "IDA helped me prepare for the National Team by allowing me to analyze my games" he said in a recent interview we did with him. "It was super helpful to see what I was doing wrong and how to fix my mistakes."

Laurens ten Cate

Amherst College

Laurens ten Cate

When COVID-19 caused his freshman season at Amherst College to be cancelled, Laurens knew he had to stay sharp, build on his summer training and continue his education - leading him to IDA Valencia. 

 

While his time at IDA was only a short stint before he ultimately returned to Amherst, Laurens reflected back on how impactful the training schedule at IDA was to keep him at the top of his game and in a good position for the next season:

 

"It was the first time in my life where I was able to play two times a day, hit the gym whenever I wanted to, and have coaches around me 24/7. Having the chance to train with my IDA team in the morning and then again with a Spanish club at night really helped my ability as well as my knowledge of the game. It was truly incredible.”

Kaden Foreman

Rollins College

Kaden Foreman

Kaden utilized IDA in one of the exact ways it was intended to be used - through a planned GAP year. He knew that he had a dream of playing soccer in college, but wanted to make sure he was ready for the challenge going into it and decided to fine-tune his skills at IDA UK. 

 

When we asked him if IDA had an impact on his college process, he responded with the following:

 

"Yes, IDA absolutely had a positive impact on my recruiting process and finding the right home for me. Not only from my coach reaching out to the coaches at the school and helping me with the process, but living and playing at IDA for 6 months making me a better player and person with better habits will help me perform at the next level as well."

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