Residential Football Academy in Reading (5 or 10 months)

England, Hillside Court, Allcroft Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5DJ
amateur professional
19 weeks
14-23 years
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About the program

Overview of the football academy

For boys: 14-19 years old.

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 lifetime academic and football experience where shared goals of success are realized through hard work and dedication.

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


Student-athletes reside at the Hillside Court, a secure village within the Reading student community. We provide single rooms, a student workspace, high-speed wi-fi, thus providing a 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.

Training / Coaching

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

​Our locations boast world-class sports facilities including a new 4G pitch, the state of the art gym, and a full-size swimming pool.

IDA soccer academy is also partners with regional non-league (semi-pro) clubs, providing access to these club’s football grounds and facilities.

IDA UK players will be immersed in an Elite Football Performance Program, soccer 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 a partner club in the English Football League system;

Academic Education

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

* 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 qualification

* FA and UEFA Coaching Qualification pathway

College Placement

The International Development Academy has a mission to help international student-athletes find the most appropriate academic and athletic fit for their college search in the United States.

We help you to navigate the process in order to make the most informed decision possible.

Our team of former collegiate players, coaches and youth soccer leaders will talk and walk you through the process. We’ll help you navigate everything from fit to the scholarship process and then develop a timeline for your family, acting as a conduit to the U.S. Collegiate Soccer. Use the IDA College Placement Team to prepare you for a successful academic and athletic journey overseas.

College Placement services are delivered by the football academy staff if such a request has been made by the athlete. The services are carried out for an additional payment. 

Dates & Prices:

10,000.00 Deposit, rest split into 3 installments (July 1, November 1, February 1)

Please, choose the appropriate Date in the section below. Take notice that the prices presented below have a discount offered by Sportlane.

Merit-based Scholarship

There is a possibility for the applicant/player to receive a merit-based scholarship which equals a 10% discount off the tuition fees. The Academy will review all incoming applications from the athletes regardless of whether they have asked for it or not. Two key factors the football academy will take into account are soccer resume and semi-professional experience in football.

Full-time Residence (Soccer only) 10 months
11 Aug 24
01 Jun 25
41500 $
Full-time Residence (Soccer + Academics) 10 months
11 Aug 24
01 Jun 25
52500 $
Part-time Residence (Soccer only) 5 months
11 Aug 24
20 Dec 24
22000 $
Part-time Residence (Soccer + Academics) 5 months
11 Aug 24
20 Dec 24
27500 $
Part-time Residence (Soccer only) 5 months
07 Jan 25
01 Jun 25
22000 $
Part-time Residence (Soccer + Academics) 5 months
07 Jan 25
01 Jun 25
27500 $
College Placement in the USA
2000 $
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Playing at our academies in Europe is proven to develop you as a player in a highly competitive environment. This significantly increases the chances of you getting recognized by professional clubs and reaching your ambitions in the game. If it’s college football you’re looking for, playing at our academies will help with your transition into a top college soccer program, recognition by college coaches and better placement and scholarship opportunities.
By playing in one of our full-time residential academies, not only will you develop as a player, but you will also generate more pathway opportunities as a result of the experience. We have been successful in helping players reach the professional level as well as providing better college placements and even athletic scholarships at top college programs through our many connections.
IDA consists of highly-qualified professionals and coaches who specialize in developing footballers so they reach the highest level possible. IDA has a proven track record of helping players reach professional and collegiate football and is unique in catering to the individual and their career ambitions.
YES – Our academic providers; US Performance Academy (USPA) are perfectly placed here. USPA is an accredited private online, middle & high school created for high-performance athletes. USPA is designed for young athletes looking for a school that supports their unique schedule and creates a pathway towards their personal, professional, and athletic goals. USPA deals with many high-performance athletes and provides them with quality exit options upon completion of their courses.
NO – IDA provides many high-quality opportunities for full-time Football in Europe and the USA. Our agency partner; Stellar Group represents many players looking for professional opportunities around the world. IDA also has many connections in collegiate Soccer in the USA and Europe, meaning you won’t be short of opportunities come to the end of the program
Refund only in the event of season-ending injury.