Immerse Yourself in Spanish Culture and Football Excellence
Discover the vibrant synergy of culture and soccer at the IDA Residential Academy in Valencia, Spain. Nestled along the picturesque Mediterranean coast, IDA Academy offers an unparalleled opportunity for international student-athletes (aged 15-22) to experience the full spectrum of Spanish life and football.
The Valencia Experience: Where Excellence Meets Opportunity
IDA Valencia offers more than just a soccer program. Their student-athletes benefit from a holistic experience that fuses a professional academy football curriculum with a personalized academic journey.
● Boarding: Enjoy full-board accommodation in a sports residence just moments away from the heart of Valencia.
● Coaching: Be mentored by highly qualified coaches with extensive experience in guiding international students.
● Opportunity: Engage in training and trial sessions with both professional and semi-professional clubs. Previous IDA players have successfully trialed with Villarreal CF and CD Castellón.
● Language: Hone your Spanish skills with lessons conducted by native-speaking instructors.
● Athletics: Immerse yourself in intensive training, with a minimum of 12 hours per week on the field.
IDA Values Drive Success: Integrity, Drive, Achievement
IDA is driven by core values that shape their student-athletes into well-rounded individuals:
1. Integrity: IDA fosters intelligent, respectful, and compassionate behavior within their community.
2. Drive: IDA encourages unwavering effort and a positive attitude, even in the face of challenges.
3. Achievement: IDA inspires high aspirations, pushing themselves and their players to aim higher.
Competition: A Thriving Arena of 50+ Games
Experience the thrill of competition with IDA's comprehensive schedule, featuring weekly matches against diverse opponents. From renowned La Liga academies to local semi-professional teams, IDA’s student-athletes gain exposure to various playing styles and challenges.
Opportunity: Immersive Athletics and Club Integration
Upon arrival, players undergo tryouts and are placed in partner clubs such as UD Vall de Uxo, CFA Quart de Les Valls, Sedavi CF, or Valencia Surf Soccer Club. This integration enables selected players to train and compete in Spanish youth leagues, enhancing their experience at IDA Valencia.
Elite Player Technology: Empowerment Through Insight
Empowerment comes through knowledge. Their cutting-edge platform offers 360-degree player profiles, granting student-athletes and parents access to calendars, video analytics, assessments, and more. This integrated tool aids in fostering holistic development.
Success Stories at IDA Valencia
1. Jeremy De Leon - CD Castellón
Following his time at IDA Valencia, Jeremy excelled by representing Puerto Rico in the 2022 CONCACAF U-20 Championship qualifying. He now shines as a player for Castellón in the third division of the Spanish soccer pyramid.
2. Arik Duncan - University of California, Berkeley
Amid the pandemic, Arik charted a new course. After playing for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he joined IDA Valencia, propelling his career in an exciting new direction.
Unlock Your Potential with IDA Valencia
Elevate your game, embrace cultural immersion, and embark on a transformative journey at IDA Valencia. For a unique fusion of football and culture, visit IDA Valencia to begin your extraordinary adventure.