Experience the UK! 

Developing Athletic & Academic Leaders


Located in Reading, England, just 40 miles west of London, the International Development Academy UK embodies the passion and way of life. Surrounded by 9 Premier League clubs, and 21 Football League club, the IDA UK is in the heart of the 'Home of Football'.

Players at the IDA UK will be fully immersed in a once in a life time academic and football experience where shared goals of success are realized through hard work and dedication.

If your dream is to play professional football or collegiate soccer in the US, IDA UK can set you up for success.

The Residence


Student-athletes reside at the Hillside Court, a secure village within the Reading student community. We provide single rooms, a student work space, high speed wi-fi, thus providing functional, innovative and comfortable living, with unique and modern features. Our houses also boast pristine gardens and ample social gathering spaces. Reading Town Center is located just one mile from Hillside Court where our student-athletes will enjoy local entertainment and activities all within a quick walk, bike ride, or bus journey. With 24/7 video monitoring, our students and their families should feel safe at our residence.


The Football


Players at IDA UK will experience world-class training with UEFA licensed coaches, suitable competitive schedule and games, a personalized strength and conditioning program, International tournament experience, video analysis, and individual reviews.

Our location boasts world-class sports facilities including a new 4G pitch, start of the art gym, and full size swimming pool.

IDA UK are also partners with regional non-league (semi-pro) clubs, providing access to these clubs football grounds and facilities.

Playing Opportunities

 IDA UK players will be immersed in an Elite Football Performance Program, training alongside domestic English players who also aspire to be professional footballers while continuing their academic education.

You will:

  • Play in National Football League and Cup competitions (The highest possible level outside professional football clubs)

  • Compete against teams affiliated to professional clubs

  • Play in showcase games against professional academies

  • Go on trial at professional football clubs

  • Play in the FA Youth Cup

  • Play non-league (semi-pro) football with partner club in the English Football League system

The Academics

Designed as a stepping stone to either professional football or college soccer in the States, The IDA UK Academy ensures a high level education to student athletes.


Some highlights include:  

  • USPA is designed for student-athletes looking for an accredited school that supports its unique schedule, creates a pathway towards their personal, professional and athletic goals, and leverages the latest technology for an on-the-go environment. For more information, visit https://gouspa.org

  • For UK and European Students: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance & Excellence) – equivalent of up to 3 A Levels, and will facilitate entrance into University.

  • English language courses and qualifications

  • FA and UEFA Coaching Qualification pathways

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