IDA Florida

Ignite your dream in the florida sun

The Florida


In partnership with DME Academy, IDA Florida is in the international epicenter for youth and collegiate sports. With elite facilities, coaching and academic curriculum, there's no better place for students in grade 6-12 to elevate their game.



Intensive training and a competitive schedule, with a minimum of 12 hours per week on the field.


College-like dorms with features like student lounges, kitchens, laundry and learning centers right on campus. Residential Mentors oversee dormitories to ensure safety.


Highly qualified coaching staff with years of experience in dealing with international students. 


The partnership with DME Academy provides a clear pathway to playing at the collegiate level by focusing on both a strong curriculum and athletic environment.


Each student receives a Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) as well as the opportunity to receive college credit early.

Our Values

The mission of the international development academy is to become the global leader in the development and placement of players aspiring to reach their full potential at the professional or college level.


IDA staff and players will act with intelligence, respect, and compassion.


IDA staff and players will perform with their best effort and attitude, no matter how difficult the challenge. 


IDA staff and players will aim high in order to reach their goals.


"At the end of the day, the work, the effort, the grind, the heart, and the desire for success has to come from you. If it is something that you truly desire, then IDA is the place that is solely focused on your development."

Kyah Le

IDA Rome Class of 2022

The Academic


Designed for student-athletes looking for an accredited school that supports their unique schedule, creates a pathway towards their personal, professional, and athletic goals, and leverages the latest technology for an on-the-go environment.




Personalized Learning Programs (PLP) customized to the student's needs

127 Courses | 10 AP Courses | 41 Electives

Dual Enrollment option for students to earn college credit




College guidance programs

Diverse student body of more than 25 countries

Highly qualified and certified teachers

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The Athletic


IDA Florida focuses just as much time into the development of our athletes off the field as we do on it. We offer advanced strength and conditioning programs, an elite sports performance facility, mental training sessions & video technology to give an edge to our aspiring student- athletes.

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10-Month progressive training and development program

Brand new, elite turf training facility

Performance Program with S&C, Nutrition and Video Analysis




IDA will have an independent competitive schedule, made up of matches against various opponents including private academies, clubs, schools, universities, semi-professional, and professional teams.




In addition to the independent competitive schedule, the team will compete in various college and international showcase events throughout the Winter and Spring seasons.

At times, individual players will have the opportunity to guest play at additional tournaments and events through IDA.

"The experience has really been exceptional. It's a full development and holistically looked at - not just on the soccer field."

Mr. & Mrs. Blankendal

Parents of Isaiah Blankendal

The mission of the international development academy is to become the global leader in the development and placement of players aspiring to reach their full potential at the professional or college level.

success stories

Yan Diamonde

DME Academy / AS Frenzi

Yan was named to the Top Drawer Soccer "23 Male Players Who Dominated 2023" list.

Only 16 years old at the time, Diomande led AS Frenzi to the UPSL championship as he scored both goals in the 2-1 victory over Sporting Wichita. The Ivory Coast U17 Forward led the entire league in goals, won the MVP award, and had plenty of skillful moments that went viral through his historic run. In a league of grown men, Diomande stood a class apart, leading to several trials with MLS and European clubs.

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“We believe our student-athletes shouldn’t have to choose between pursuing their passion for sports and the education fundamentals that set them up for success in life.”

- Anna Gonzalez, Head of School


Elite Player


Our student-athletes and their parents have access to their individual 360 Player profiles. This integrated platform provides the student-athletes the access to calendars, video analytics, player assessments, wellness assessments and more!

The Academy


You can't have an elite academy without an elite coaching staff. These hand-picked staff go through a rigorous interview process to ensure they are bringing exactly what we need to our players in order to create a productive environment.

head coach


Thales Peterson


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Todd Eason

Assistant Director

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Kioki Hutching

Assistant Coach

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Jon Kinsler

IDA Advisor

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Rick Angelicola

Hear it from Our own

Marcos Sotarello

Marcos Sotarello

IDA Class of 2022

"In the Academy they develop you as a person in real life, not only as a player. [IDA] mentally prepares you. Being away from home has already made me more independent and mature as a person."

Jean Janecki

Parent of Marcos Sotarello

"Ever since he was little, it has been his dream to become a professional. He's finding those paths"

Jean Janecki


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Still have questions? Want to learn more? Fill out the form below to connect with an IDA representative. We look forward to hearing from you!

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