International Academy of Soccer(IAS) is an organization devoted to utilizing the game of soccer to help youth players develop the foundations for success on the field and encourage invaluable tools off the field such as passion, responsibility, respect and relationship management through soccer.
We believe in age-appropriate foundations for building successful soccer players:
1v1 core moves - ability to successfully execute moves to create space and beat defenders
Ball handling and control - ability to maneuver the ball while dribbling or receiving
Distribution - precision of passes in accuracy and weight with the proper shape of the foot
Off-ball movement - creating passing lanes and angles, proper timing of movement and body positioning
Ball striking - Shooting for power and placement, long distributions and crosses
We believe in using soccer to help teach youth athletes achieve successes off the field:
IAS DOC David Addison (far left) developing coaches at the Mercer Island E-License Cohort, May 2015
EYSA is the parent association that oversees Eastside FC, Bellevue United FC, Issaquah FC, Lake Hills SC, Mercer Island FC and Newport YSC. EYSA and IAS have a partnership to provide the EYSA Spring Academy, which works with over 300 kids throughout 3 sites in Bellevue, Issaquah and Mercer Island.
IAS started on Mercer Island, with MIFC. After 15 years, the MIFC-IAS relationship is stronger than ever. IAS provides services to 7 different programs for MIFC, including MOD(U8/9) training, Micro(U6/7) program, Sunday Skills, TD Academy, Tryout facilitating and more.
Lake Hills and IAS have been running the MOD program together for 5 years. Many players have come through the MOD system and gone on to play Eastside FC, Lake Hills Select and other clubs.
Newport YSC and IAS have a close relationship, providing the MOD program to U8 and U9 players, Microsoccer for U6 and U7(new this year!) and finally team coaches for many of Newport FC select teams.
Issaquah FC and IAS are three years into a healthy partnership, providing MOD training for U8-10 as well as working with many rec and select players in the EYSA Spring Academy