An Intensive And Dynamic Training Program Developed To Improve The Fundamental Skills Of Youth Soccer Players. Join The Elite Group Of Soccer Players That Already Have Acquired Unique Skills.

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IRST was founded by Jeff Thwaites, a former University of South Florida soccer player, on the basic premise that players need to be better developed on an individual basis with an emphasis on technique and individual responsibility.

In his years of coaching youth soccer in the Greater Tampa Bay area, he realized that players were not being properly trained in their technical abilities.  The coaching community seemed to be more concerned about the results of the team and not concerned with personal growth within the elements of the game.  At times. team success can come at the expense of personal growth and development and divert potentially good players out of the system.  

As a result, most youth players are inadequately prepared to pursue soccer at the collegiate level or possibly beyond. At IRST, we branched out to create a curriculum and training environment that valued the individual player and his/her technical abilities and mindset.  After years of performing individual training, our philosophy and vision are as strong as ever.  We have trained youth players to professional players in MLS, USL Pro, NASL, Finnish Veikkausliiga, Danish Superliga, and the Swedish Superettan as well as all levels of college.

We hope that with hard work and vision we will continue to have an impact on the level of soccer not just in Tampa but across America.


Every year we run our elite summer camps where some of the best players participate in our advanced off-season training. We have also a large number of boys and girls that want to step up their game and take advantage of our fun summer sessions to reach their full potential.

Our camps fill out fast and as usual, we limit the number of players per session. Book your week online so you can have a fun summer while playing the beautiful game in our exclusive soccer field of dreams.

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Past And Current Athletes-Success at All Levels

Ian Flores Invited By Munich 1860

March 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Working and training hard pays off. Since 2014, Ian Flores has been faithfully training once a week at IRST Academy with a program designed by Jeff Thwaites. The box to box midfielder was selected as [...]

Jamiel Hardware Takes USL Pro Home Goal of The Month

February 24th, 2015|0 Comments

The Harrisburg City Islanders' Jamiel Hardware has claimed the USL PRO Goal of the Month award for September for his goal against the Charlotte Eagles on September 6.  Hardware’s finish claimed 41 percent of the vote, beating out [...]

IRST Alumni Danielle Gottwik Scores Another Award

January 24th, 2015|0 Comments

For the second consecutive week and third time this year, freshman midfielder Danielle Gottwik has been tabbed as The American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week. In addition, senior defender Gabrielle Charno was named Defensive [...]

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