10 Months

Erie, Pennsylvania

September – June

14 – 18

USA Based PIA Academy

EduKick International announces new partnership with Pennsylvania International Academy (PIA) and Mercyhurst Preparatory School to open US based Soccer Boarding School in Erie, Pennsylvania, one of the United States most attractive cities on the east coast which is nestled along the American southern shores of Lake Erie.

EduKick and Pennsylvania International Academy (PIA) have combined strengths in soccer and education to offer “EduKick USA – PIA Soccer Boarding School,” an English language academic year soccer academy located in the Pennsylvanian hotbed of soccer…Erie, Pennsylvania.
Starting in September 2019, EduKick will offer their newest venue, PIA Soccer Boarding School to international student-soccer players worldwide.

EduKick has well established soccer schools in Europe (Spain, Italy, France, Germany and England) and Mexico but the Erie, Pennsylvania campus will be the first ever on United States soil. The new EduKick campus will be located on the PIA grounds including the adjacent area known as Erie Bank Sports Park. It’s got 19 outdoor full-size natural grass soccer pitches, an indoor Dome pitch with artificial turf.

The soccer curriculum includes training five day per week Monday – Friday under EduKick’s USA Course Director, Sam Tojaga, a highly experienced, licensed youth soccer coach with an impressive track record of exposing his soccer players to US Colleges and Universities.

Yaser Al-Harbi is the Director of Coaching for the International Soccer Academy of Erie and serves as the Technical Soccer Director for EduKick USA.  He holds numerous coaching licenses from all over the world.

Yaser’s licenses include the USSF D License, AFC B License, and FA Level 2.  He also holds the NSCAA National Diploma, as well as FIFA Grassroots and Soccer Methodology in Catalonia certificates.  Coach Yaser additionally holds a Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science Degree and has served as both coach and director of numerous soccer clubs throughout the world at the youth and adult levels.  To round out the soccer development experience, players will also undergo a rigorous core fitness training program.

Coach Yaser will coordinate the EduKick USA student athlete’s soccer, strength, fitness, and dietary programming. In addition to regular soccer training with Coach Al-Harbi, the International Soccer Academy of Erie and/or the Erie Admirals will insert EduKick players into their youth squads depending on the age and level of the players for an additional two (2) training per week in the evening and play a weekend match (when scheduled).

Daily Soccer Training

Daily soccer coaching sessions from our Academy Coaches and spotting from the Erie Admirals.

Strength Training

Strength and conditioning training will be issued to increase physical and metal soccer performance.

Blue Ribbon School

Provided by the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence winner, the Mercyhurst Preparatory School.

Registration and Gear

Tournament registration fees and sales taxa are included along with all the necessary academy training gear.

Daily Meals

Daily Team meals (three) that are nutritionally balanced for an athlete.

NCAA Eligibility

Students have the opportunity to receive NCAA eligibility counseling and college recruitment assistance.


High School education is provided at Mercyhurst Prep High, with tutoring as well as SAT and ACT prep support.

Team Transport

Here at Edukick we travel as a team, so all travel is done with your teammates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Age Group?

Students must be of the age to attend High School, i.e. at least a freshman (9th grade) – ages 14-18

Gender Specific?

The program is open to both boys and girls!

School Accredited?

Yes, Mercyhurst Prep Academy is a fully accredited US charter high school offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, with over 30 years of (IB) experience.

Visa Duration?

Currently, international students are only allowed to attend a U.S. public high school for a total of 12 months with the issued I-20 form and F-1 student visa.

Year Round?

The program is a full-time residency academy where players from all around the country and abroad live, study, train and compete for 10 months of the year (September – June).

What's the Cost?

The full annual tuition for full-time residency academy is $53,990 (US Nationals & Internationals ).

Need a Tryout?

No, to be considered for a potential full-time residency program every player needs to send us his current academic reports and current football (soccer) resume with at least two references and/or video.

Time Off?

Players have a 2-week Winter break (end of December – beginning of January). There are also Fall (October) and Spring (March) breaks in school.

What's Not Included?

Does not include any Visa / Immigration expenses, transportation costs incurred in getting to or from the Academy and any personal expenses required through the year.

Student Visa?

Does not include any Visa / Immigration expenses, transportation costs incurred in getting to or from the Academy and any personal expenses required through the year.

Price: $53,990 USD (15% deposit required with application form)