As the 2022-2023 season kicks off at IDA Florida, the team wanted to give those on the outside a chance to take a look behind the curtain and into the current IDA season. We decided to host a series of 2023 Season Kickoff Webinars on November 9th and 10th, 2022 to showcase all that IDA has to offer for prospective players. Our locations in Spain, UK, and Florida all hosted their own webinar digging into each of the academies which you can review by clicking the respective links.

The IDA Florida webinar began by diving into the partnership that IDA has with DME Academy based out of Daytona Beach, Florida. Staff on both the IDA and DME side took turns introducing themselves and explaining their role in the partnership before head coach Todd Eason took over and dived into the program. Todd went on to discuss the player pathway, general program structure, and top-level facilities at DME Academy. The webinar lasted a little over an hour with attendees engaged and asking important questions they had.

We’re thrilled to say that the Season Kickoff Webinars were a huge success! We had a great time sharing all the details with you. However, we don’t want to give away everything that was discussed during the webinar. If you missed it, don’t worry – you can still catch up on all the details by submitting your information on the form below. Once you submit, you’ll be redirected to the webinar recordings page where you can access all the information that was discussed. We’re excited to see some of you on the next webinar and we hope you enjoyed the Season Kickoff Webinars as much as we did!

Or, if you want to get right into it, IDA is currently accepting registrations for 2023 which you can get to by clicking the link here.

As the 2022-2023 season kicks off at each of IDA’s academies, we wanted to give everyone the chance to get a look inside the current IDA season. We decided to host a series of 2023 Season Kickoff Webinars on November 9th and 10th, 2022 to showcase all that IDA has to offer for prospective players. Our locations in Spain, UK, and Florida all hosted their own webinar digging into each of the academies which you can review by clicking the respective links.

The UK webinar kicked off with an introduction of the overall program as a whole – diving into what the residential life looks like at the campus in Reading, UK and then moving into the diversity of the program. Similar to how the Spain academy operates, the UK academy spent some time discussing the various pathways their players have, from remaining in the IDA program to having the chance to make their way into professional clubs and be paid to play.

We’re thrilled to have been able to offer players an hour-long session during the webinar. It was a valuable opportunity for players to learn more about the UK academy, ask questions, and speak with some of the current IDA players. The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive and we’re grateful for the opportunity to provide this level of engagement. We understand that players have many questions and concerns about the academy, and we hope that this webinar was able to address some of those concerns. We hope to see you at the next webinar!

If you want to watch the full webinar, submit on the form below to be redirected to the webinar page!

Or, if you want to get right into it, IDA is currently accepting registrations for 2023 which you can get to by clicking the link here.

With the 2022-2023 season kicking off at International Development Academies across the globe, we wanted to give prospective students, parents and others interested the chance to get a look inside each of our academies. We decided to host a series of 2023 Season Kickoff Webinars on November 9th and 10th, 2022 that really showcased what IDA is all about. Our locations in Spain, UK, and Florida all hosted their own webinar digging into each of the academies and showcasing all that makes them what they are.

The Spain webinar really gave those who attended a good “look under the hood” at IDA. It kicked off with a video of what it’s like to be an IDA player, giving viewers the chance to see what a day in the life looks like at IDA. From there, they went into a larger breakdown of the current IDA season, with IDA Valencia coaches and staff describing in detail the league they play in. Eventually, the brought up the league table to showcase IDA top of their league, and then went a level deeper to show how the academy is involved in a local Spanish club that pulls players from IDA to participate in local club matches.

Overall, the webinar was an extreme success and we had a fantastic time showing all that we are about. We don’t want to give everything that was discussed away, so if you’re looking to get your hands on the full webinar, you can do so by submitting on the form below where you will then be redirected to the webinar recording page. We look forward to next years webinar with you!

Or, if you want to get right into it, IDA is currently accepting registrations for 2023 which you can get to by clicking the link here.

Friday, October 21 2022

International Development Academy (IDA) is excited to announce a new partnership with the longest continually functioning school in the western hemisphere – Warwick Academy. The two are combining to create a new high-performance football program based out of Warwick, Bermuda which will provide student-athletes access to IDA’s elite coaching, training and opportunities.

International Development Academy has been growing rapidly since its inception. With international soccer academies in Spain, UK, Italy and USA, the group looks to expand yet again and is excited about the new opportunity.

Founded in 1662, Warwick Academy is a private school hosting mainly primary and secondary students aged 4-18. After the success of their High Performance Swimming Program, Warwick Academy partnered with IDA for the launch of the High Performance Football Program. Selected students will participate in an intense schedule of football training and competition, along with their normal school and sports schedule. Competitive Calendar and training curriculum will be provided by the IDA staff, who will visit the school multiple times over the course of the year.

“We want to provide our students the opportunity to enhance their football development, within our academic structure.” said Principal Dave Horan. “By partnering with IDA, we will be able to provide our students with international showcase events, both in North America and Europe”.

Some of the key features of the partnership:

If you’re interested in learning more about IDA’s academies, click the button below!

Many students take a gap year to focus on traveling, sports, and self-discovery. But is it worth it? Discover the pros and cons of taking a gap year.

College soccer players listening to coach on the bench during a game.

Taking a gap year after high school is becoming more and more popular, with many colleges now encouraging students to do so. Some proponents even argue that a gap year, or a year of service before starting college, should be mandatory for all students!

Despite the advantages of taking a gap year, many students don’t fully understand the concept of a gap year. You may believe it involves traveling aimlessly and wasting time — but that’s a common misconception.

What is a gap year?

A gap year is when you take a year off, typically between high school graduation and college. So instead of beginning college the fall after you finish high school, you’d start the following fall.

Gap years are meant to give students a break from academics. It’s usually a time to discover yourself and consider what kind of education and career you want to pursue.

A gap year can take many forms. For example, you could work a job, complete an internship, volunteer, or travel. You can do these activities independently or as part of a gap year program.

Why Do People Take Gap Years?

In one survey, the two most common reasons students gave for taking a gap year before college were to recover from academic burnout and to learn more about themselves.

A gap year not only gives you time to recharge and refocus but also allows you to learn more about yourself on your own terms.

Research on the benefits of a gap year has led schools like Harvard University, New York University, and MIT to encourage students to take one.

Many colleges even allow accepted applicants to defer their admission for a year so they can take a gap year.

Taking a Gap Year with IDA: Pros and Cons

Although many students can benefit from taking a gap year after high school, the path isn’t for everyone. Here are some gap year pros and cons to consider before making a decision.

✅ Pro: You’ll Enter College Feeling Refreshed and Refocused

The clarity earned by taking a gap year before college can positively affect your academic performance. Research shows that those who take a gap year are more likely to graduate in four or fewer years compared to the national average of six years.

The time spent reflecting and learning about potential paths can also help you make a more informed decision when picking a major.

❌ Con: You May Feel Isolated or Like You’re Falling Behind

Watching friends leave for college and go through similar experiences at the same time can increase FOMO. Likewise, knowing you’ll be going through these experiences a year after your peers might make you feel as though you’re falling behind.

While these feelings are understandable, remember that entering college one year late won’t ultimately harm your professional trajectory. You’ll get to experience college all the same when you eventually start school again.

✅ Pro: You’ll Build Important Skills

You can use your gap year to develop any number of key life skills. This could mean learning a language while living in another country, honing communication and leadership skills while being part of a group, and specifically with IDA, you can work holistically on your soccer development.

❌ Con: It May Be Harder to Transition Back to School

Spending your gap year idle or withdrawn from academic engagement could make your transition back to school tricky.

The best way to avoid this problem is to keep yourself engaged and challenged by material you find interesting. At IDA you can also take advantage of our multiple academic partners, for college credits and college prep courses.

✅ Pro: It Can Attract College Coaches and Future Employers

A productive gap year is a great time to engage in resume-building activities. Learning a skill, gaining soccer experience in a foreign league, studying a language, or spending months learning about a specific topic or country can all help your resume stand out.

A year spent abroad can also build skills that will impress potential employers.

✅ Pro: You Can Broaden Your Horizons

Traveling and living abroad for your gap year can be a transformative experience. Immersing yourself in a new culture, learning a language, and seeing the world from a different perspective can help you discover your passions and purpose.

Should You Take a Gap Year?

A gap year isn’t for everyone. Though popular, gap year programs and international travel can cost a pretty penny. It’s worth considering how a gap year could affect your finances before you decide whether to take one.

Other factors to consider include what kinds of activities you plan to do during your gap year. IDA with its focus on soccer gives you the structure to make a productive gap year

Ask yourself: What goals do you want to achieve before starting college? Do you think you have still room to improve as a player to be better ready for a college soccer carear?

Ultimately, it’s up to you to determine whether a gap year is the best course of action for you and your goals. But if you want to learn more how IDA can help you in this process, don’t hesitate to contact us.

IDA is excited to welcome Malachi Henry, captain of Bermuda’s U17 Men’s National Team, to its year-round program in the UK following the conclusion of a very successful qualification campaign for the U17 CONCACAF Championships taking place in Guatemala next year.

Malachi played a major role in the Bermuda’s U17 team’s qualifying success as they topped their group, winning four out of five qualification games in a busy 8 day period, whilst scoring 21 goals and keeping four clean sheets along the way. Speaking before his arrival In England, Malachi told us “This tournament was a great experience for me, as I got to play international football for the first time for Bermuda.” He also seemed to take the responsibility of captaining his country in his stride, adding “For me being captain of Bermuda U17 team was a good experience and I enjoyed leading my team to victories while being humble. I am very proud that we were able to make it through.”

Prior to the qualification period, Malachi had committed to joining IDA’s UK academy and all eyes are now on his next challenge. Speaking ahead of his arrival, Malachi said “As I take off to the UK, I am hoping to develop my technical and physical abilities while at IDA and also developing my leadership skills while I am there.”

The IDA UK Academy, based in Reading, UK, is an Elite Soccer Program designed for international student-athletes aged between 15 and 22 who are committed to developing both on the field and in the classroom and Malachi will now be entering a full-time playing program which will put him in a fantastic position to keep his National Team place and captaincy moving forwards. On top of his training, Malachi will also be studying on IDA’s NCFE program, showing a true reflection of his personal drive and commitment to wanting more and earning more.

To note, that 12 of the 18 players in the U17 National Team, traveled with IDA in July to Super Cup NI, competing as IDA Bermuda in one of the most prestigious tournament in this world. More to follow on this.

If you too are interested in applying to IDA UK, visit this page or use the form below to request more information.

International Development Academy, through a partnership with Bermuda-based club Warwick Archers, have selected a handful of Bermudan players from the U14, U16, and U18 age groups to participate in the 2022 STATSports Super Cup: Northern Ireland in July as “IDA Bermuda.”

“We’re extremely excited for the opportunity” said Richard Todd, U17 Coach of the Year for the Archers. “Most of these players have been playing against local Bermudan clubs for most of their lives, so the fact that we have a chance to go to Ireland and compete against top clubs and organizations from around the world will be a great test for us.”

Warwick Archers line up for a pre-match photo

STATSports Super Cup: Northern Ireland is one of the most prestigious events in Europe, hosting top youth academies like Manchester United and Glasgow Rangers. The event has seen players along the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and many more who have sealed their names in European history.

“Bringing players together from all corners of the world to compete in such a highly-regarded international tournament like Super Cup NI is one of the reasons why International Development Academy was formed to begin with” said Tommaso Trevisan, General Manager at IDA. “We’ve selected players for these teams with the intention to really compete, while getting them the exposure that is important for any player looking to take the next step in their career.”

Super Cup: Northern Ireland kicks off July 24th, 2022. You can follow IDA Bermuda and their journey on Super Cup NI’s website by clicking the link here.

If you’re interested in joining an IDA academy or participating in one of the many International Tournaments as a guest player, fill out the form below!

Valencia, Spain

International Development Academy is always looking for exciting new student-athletes to join their academies each year, and with the advances in modern technology, recruitment for these academies is able to extend to all corners of the world. In an effort to expand IDA’s academies and bring new opportunities, IDA has teamed up with TapIn Mobile Solutions to bring players in Haiti to their academy in Valencia, Spain.

TapIn Mobile Solutions is a mobile application that is changing the way soccer federations around the world organize their leagues. The platform enables self-management and organization of sports leagues through an easy-to-use user interface. First launched in 2020, the platform was brought to the Ligue Nationale de Football des Jeunes d’Haiti, a Haitian Youth National Soccer League. In an attempt to expand the game globally, IDA saw this partnership as an opportunity to connect with players from all areas of the world and provide exposure for young talents. 

Three promising players will be joining the IDA Summer Program in Valencia, Spain from July 4th – July 21st of 2022. The summer program allows the three selected players the opportunity to try the IDA experience and determine if they are a good fit for the program while gaining exposure to high levels of play and scouting. Below are the bio’s for each of the three players:

Jean Wid Vinette

Born in Cite Soleil, Jean hit the ground running and began playing shortly after taking his first steps. He constantly played soccer in the streets with kids in his neighborhood, using anything from limes to oranges to empty cans as a ball. Jean’s dream is to play professionally and showcase his talent to the world.

Preferred Positions: LW/RW/ST

Durosema Kervens Présley

Also born in Cite Soleil, our second youngster has an older and younger sister. Durosema likes to play soccer barefoot with his friends after school and on the weekends. He dreams of being a professional soccer player and loves controlling the game from the midfield.

Preferred Positions: CM/CDM

Phidlin Jean-Baptiste

Born in Limonad, Cap Haitian, Jean Baptiste has two older brothers and two older sisters. When he isn’t playing soccer, he enjoys taking care of his two chickens back home. He hopes that his passion for the game will help him become a professional soccer player one day.

Preferred Positions: LW/RW/CM

IDA and TapIn are working together to raise the necessary funds to bring these new players to the Valencia Academy this summer.

If you are interested in signing up or learning more about one of IDA’s academies, please click the link below!

Taking a gap year has always been an option for student-athletes long before the arrival of coronavirus. For those who don’t know, a gap year is a decision made by a student-athlete where they choose to take a year between their senior year of high school and their freshman year of college. It is a very personal decision, but it generally revolves around the desire to achieve two things – become a better person and a better player in their respective sport. Taking a gap year to play soccer away from home is likely to see a much higher level of maturation as it will involve a young player being placed outside of their comfort zone and is excellent preparation for what college life looks like. Deciding to take a gap year to focus on developing your game will allow a player to work in a full-time, intense environment to improve their game as they continue to prepare for their final college decision.

We recently sat down with Kaden Foreman to discuss how his GAP semester in the UK impacted his playing opportunities in the United States. Kaden had a dream of playing collegiate soccer. He used a planned GAP semester to fine-tune his skills and he will be playing for Rollins College in 2022/23.

What level of soccer and club you were playing at in USA before to join IDA?

I played at the ECNL level and for my high school my senior year before joining IDA. (Ohio Premier ECNL)

What were you’re expectations enrolling into IDA?

I was expecting to live, and train in a professional academy environment with other players that were serious about reaching their various football goals. I was looking for something challenging for me on and off the pitch.

How was the overall experience from a football standpoint?

The football in England at IDA was amazing, and an experience like no other.

The first point I would make is the level of coaching from the whole staff at IDA. I have had some great coaches with amazing playing experience here in the states, however the level of coaching I received from the whole staff at IDA truly opened my eyes to what it is like to play at the next level. I have always been someone that has had a relatively high football IQ, but Coach Paul, and the whole staff really made me think and challenged me in new ways that I didn’t know were possible.

There were a variety of levels that I could play at while I was at IDA (under 18,19, and 23s) and they were all challenging in such different ways. This was something I struggled to learn and adapt to at first, but the coaching staff assured me that there was more growing I could do even if I was not in the squad playing at the so called highest level possible.

I really do miss everything about the football in England, I have nothing but positives to take from the experience. 

How did IDA help you identify list of colleges you wanted to go to?

IDA, and more specifically Peter Bradley mainly just supported me through different databases which I could use to help find colleges that had everything I was looking for. They did a great job of not telling me which colleges I had to go to, but rather supporting me in any realistic opportunities that were of interest to me. 

How did IDA support you in the process of contacting school and head coaches?

Peter Bradley, who was the person who helped me through the whole process, had almost weekly, or bi-weekly meetings with me to help me reach out or respond to coaches. He would help with wording of emails, or maybe telling me what the coaches emails to me really meant. When I was interested in a school, where Peter or one of the coaches at IDA knew the coach at the school, they would reach out to them as well, which was really helpful to create another connection. 

Do you feel IDA had an impact in your successful college process and how?

Yes, IDA absolutely had a positive impact on my recruiting process and finding the right home for me. Not only from Peter 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. 

What would you say to other kids coming to IDA with similar expectations as yours?

I took a gap year after high school to come to IDA to hope to find a college that felt like home and that I was really excited about playing at. I can confidently say it was the best experience of my life, without a doubt. The people you meet, things you learn about yourself and the things you learn from new mentors and friends, the memories you make, and level of football you play all exceeded my expectations. I made friends and memories that will last a lifetime, and I made my dream come true that will help me make more friends and memories on and off the pitch in the next 4 years at Rollins, all thanks to IDA.

If you come to IDA and really work hard on and off the pitch to meet your football goal (for me playing college soccer), IDA will fully support you and make sure you reach your goal. 


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IDA is proud to announce the launch of our new US residential academy location in Daytona Beach, Florida. By partnering with nationally-renowned DME Sports Academy, IDA will offer a year-round development program, giving players high level training and competition, customized education and direct pathways into Europe and the US collegiate system.

The expansion to the US, specifically Florida, marks an important move for IDA, as its existing network of partner clubs and agencies continue to grow in Central and South America.

“We are thrilled to see this come to fruition,” said Rick Angelicola, Director of Global Partnerships. “Florida is at the heart of youth sports and education, so this allows us to increase our reach and create real opportunities for many more student-athletes and parents.”

The partnership with DME Academy will give IDA student-athletes access to an all-inclusive, state-of-the- art campus and a highly personalized educational program that meets the needs of each student-athlete.

DME Academy is largely known for its nationally ranked basketball program, producing a long list of top-level players but has been exploring an expansion into other sports.  

Co-Founder, Dan Panaggio, boasts an extensive history in basketball, having coached three NBA teams as well as a trio of the most prestigious NCAA Division I programs including Oklahoma, Indiana, and Marquette.

“We are thrilled with our new partnership with IDA. Together we are building a powerful soccer program focusing on development. We believe that our approach to both education and athletics is unique and proving successful in a profound way. IDA is on the move. We share like philosophies and we are looking forward to building something very special.”

“Partnering with DME Academy will give our student-athletes a tremendous foundation for success, said Angelicola. We are very excited for the future.”

The program is set to launch this coming Fall, and IDA is currently accepting applications.

Summer camps offer available too:

Interested in applying or learning more? Visit this page or use the form below to request more information.

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