SIMA 2022-23

The Soccer Institute at Montverde Academy (SIMA) offers day and boarding students the next level of training in their soccer career. - Comprehensive academic and athletic training program - For competitive soccer players ages 11-18 - 100 percent college acceptance rate - More than 35 million dollars in collegiate scholarship dollars

The Soccer Institute at Montverde Academy (SIMA) offers day and boarding students the next level of training in their soccer career.
- Comprehensive academic and athletic training program
- For competitive soccer players ages 11-18
- 100 percent college acceptance rate
- More than 35 million dollars in collegiate scholarship dollars


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Unlike any<br />


John<br />

Atem Kato ’21<br />

Penn State University<br />

<strong>SIMA</strong> has helped me in many<br />

ways, not only as a soccer player.<br />

When I was a student-athlete there,<br />

I learned discipline. I learned what a<br />

competitive mindset really means, and so<br />

many life lessons that I use at the University<br />

of Portland both on and off the field. I’ll<br />

forever be grateful to the <strong>SIMA</strong> program for<br />

what it has meant to me.<br />

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The Soccer Institute at Montverde Academy (<strong>SIMA</strong>) offers day and boarding students the<br />

next level of training in their soccer career.<br />

- Comprehensive academic and athletic training program<br />

- Holistic development<br />

- 100 percent college acceptance rate<br />

- More than 35 million dollars in collegiate scholarship dollars<br />


Academics are the foundation at Montverde Academy. Students have the opportunity to<br />

work with teachers in an innovative, college preparatory setting. With an average 17 to1<br />

student-faculty ratio, classes are focused on cultivating critical-thinking skills and developing<br />

life-long knowledge while encouraging students to do their best in and out of the classroom.<br />

60+<br />

Alumni playing<br />

professionally<br />

- Distinguished Scholars program<br />

- SAC (Subject Area Concentration)<br />

- 31 AP courses<br />

- 20 Honors Classes<br />

- Dual Enrollment Program<br />

- APID (Advanced Placement International<br />

Diploma)<br />

450+<br />

Collegiate athletes<br />

35+<br />


in Scholarships<br />


Shawn<br />

Smart ’22<br />

Clemson University<br />

<strong>SIMA</strong> has prepared me for anything<br />

I might face in the world, and how<br />

important the education aspect truly<br />

is. It’s so hard to make it in this world<br />

without a good education, and with<br />

<strong>SIMA</strong> you are able to do so while<br />

playing soccer at a high level.<br />

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Montverde Academy has made its mark in college athletics by establishing a reputation for producing elitelevel<br />

student athletes. The continual focus on both academics and athletics has been recognized throughout<br />

collegiate Institutions. Taking pride in true holistic development, the Montverde Academy Boys Soccer<br />

Program (<strong>SIMA</strong>) has been instrumental in preparing and assisting more than 450 student athletes and their<br />

families for collegiate scholarship opportunities at the NCAA and NAIA levels after graduation.<br />

Learn more about <strong>SIMA</strong><br />

In 2011, the Eagles obtained their first undefeated season in school history with a final overall record of 26<br />

wins, 0 losses and 1 draw. The success of the program continues today with an overall record of 2<strong>23</strong> wins,<br />

1 loss and 16 draws.<br />

<strong>SIMA</strong> Director and coach Kevin Varnado joined the staff in August of 2014 after spending the previous two<br />

years with South Carolina’s United Battery Academy. Prior to his time with South Carolina United, Varnado was<br />

the Head Soccer Coach at Francis Marion University in South Carolina, where he worked for five seasons from<br />

2007 to 2011. Varnado also served as an assistant coach at Francis Marion for five seasons from 2002 to 2006<br />

prior to his appointment to the head coaching position. During his tenure there, Varnado won two regular season<br />

conference championships in 2002 and 2008 and won a conference tournament title in 2008. The 2008 season<br />

included an appearance in the NCAA National Tournament where the Patriots reached the regional semi-final.<br />

The 2008 and 2009 seasons saw Varnado’s FMU team ranked among the top 25 in the United States.<br />

- <strong>SIMA</strong> student-athletes average GPA is 3.97<br />

- NCAA and NAIA collegiate scholarship opportunities<br />

- Alumni play in LaLiga, MLS, USL, and internationally<br />



From world-class facilities to elite-level coaching, <strong>SIMA</strong> provides a professional training environment for any passionate athlete<br />

with the desire to work hard and improve. Students registered with the soccer institute will complete their athletic specific<br />

training in the morning or afternoon in addition to their full academic workload in the classroom on a daily basis at Montverde<br />

Academy. Academic standards must be met in order to participate in the soccer institute as the combination and balance<br />

of academics and athletics must always be maintained. Success will only be measured by development with the end result<br />

residing in an opportunity to play at a higher level and continue to make your passion a career.<br />

- 44,000 square foot athletic field house<br />

- 4,400 square foot strength and<br />

conditioning performance center<br />

- 25 meter aquatic practice facility<br />

- 17 acre collegiate-level<br />

athletic complex<br />

- Comprehensive sports medicine program<br />

- 30 acres of practice fields<br />

- Cruyff Court<br />

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Luc<br />

Granitur ’21<br />

University of North Carolina,<br />

Chapel Hill<br />

Without the discipline and life lessons I gained<br />

from my time with <strong>SIMA</strong>, I would not have<br />

experienced any of the opportunities I have had<br />

as a student or athlete. Every day being held to<br />

the standard of excellence by the coaches, my<br />

teammates, and teachers has pushed me to go<br />

further than I ever imagined I would.<br />


FUNDAMENTALS OF <strong>SIMA</strong><br />

<strong>SIMA</strong> was founded on the idea of creating an elite training program where all members are<br />

accepted as equals. At <strong>SIMA</strong>, we try to create an environment of competitive alliance on and off<br />

the field.<br />

5<br />

Training days<br />

per week<br />

Approximately<br />

208<br />

Training<br />

opportunities<br />

1:1<br />

College soccer<br />

scholarship<br />

counseling<br />

All student-athletes are challenged to believe in their dreams and our job is to lead them to their<br />

goal through intense training, sacrifice, dedication, and teaching the game of soccer as a lifestyle.<br />

<strong>SIMA</strong> provides the exact forum necessary for success at any level.<br />


- Training at least five days per week from August to May<br />

- Professional-level coaches<br />

- Competitive matches year-round against local, regional, and national competition<br />

- Specialized and designed strength and conditioning sessions at least twice a week<br />

- Transportation, meals, and accommodation for domestic events and friendly matches on and<br />

off campus<br />

- Half-day academic schedule<br />

- Position specific training<br />

- Sports Performance profile<br />

- All club/registration/ and<br />

tournament fees included<br />

- Nike ® equipment training<br />

package<br />

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- College soccer scholarship counseling and negotiation<br />

- Official visit coordination<br />

- <strong>SIMA</strong> College Showcase<br />

- MAST (Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament)<br />

- <strong>SIMA</strong> Friendlies<br />

- <strong>SIMA</strong> Showcases<br />

- NCAA recruiting process seminar for student-athletes and parents<br />

- All club registration/tournament fees<br />

Learn more about <strong>SIMA</strong><br />

More than 35 million in scholarship dollars have been awarded to student-athletes<br />

from the <strong>SIMA</strong> program since 2011.<br />



Living on campus is a great way for students to engage in the full college<br />

preparatory experience and make life-long friends.<br />

Campus activities, weekend trips, and events designed especially for<br />

student residents along with caring dorm-parents, a diverse student body,<br />

and a beautiful 130-acre campus help students to transition from “at<br />

home” to “on your own.”<br />

- 24/7 security<br />

- Live-in dorm parents<br />

- Common areas with study and activity areas<br />

- On-site laundry facilities<br />

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<strong>SIMA</strong> student-athletes train on 30+ acres of fields made up of<br />

beautifully manicured Bermuda grass and professional synthetic turf.<br />

MAST<br />

The Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament (MAST) is a platform for<br />

elite high school aged student-athletes to compete and showcase<br />

their abilities for the soccer world to see. During this three-day<br />

event, top teams compete for the championship title and are<br />

seen by fans and colleges from around the country.<br />

4,400<br />



- 8 fully outfitted power racks with a TRX<br />

suspension system<br />

- Olympic hex bars and adjustable benches<br />

- Indoor turf training space<br />

- Keiser six-pack system<br />


Benji Michel ’16<br />

Orlando City SC<br />

Major League Soccer<br />

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Ali Fadal ’21<br />

Valencia CF<br />

LaLiga<br />

Mamadou Mbacke Fall ’20<br />

Los Angeles FC<br />

Major League Soccer<br />

Andre Shinyashiki ’15<br />

Charlotte FC<br />

Major League Soccer<br />

MLS Rookie of the Year


The Strength and Conditioning Program at <strong>SIMA</strong> goes well beyond the weight room. Our goal is to work<br />

with student-athletes as soon as they arrive on campus to assess their individual physical needs as well as<br />

provide performance testing to know how to best prepare them for their sport.<br />


- Improve speed, agility, flexibility, overall strength, technique and form<br />

- Extensive weight room training<br />

- Develop skills in the areas including nutrition, mobility, hydration, heat acclimation, recovery, and sleep<br />

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The strength and conditioning program mentally and physically prepares players for collegiate athletics as<br />

well as long, healthy athletic careers through training and education.<br />


Santa<br />

Ihara ’20<br />

Duke University<br />

My experience at <strong>SIMA</strong> has been a turning<br />

point in my life and I am where I am today<br />

because of it. I not only got to play at the<br />

high level of <strong>SIMA</strong>, they worked with me<br />

and gave me advice about my career after<br />

graduation. The <strong>SIMA</strong> identity is engraved<br />

in my mind and will be essential for my<br />

development in the future.<br />

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Montverde Academy offers continuous enrollment. We admit students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all<br />

the rights, privileges, programs, and activities made available to students at the Academy. Montverde Academy does not<br />

discriminate on the basis of disability, race, national, and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies,<br />

admission policies, athletic, and other school-administered programs.<br />

Steps to Apply<br />

- To apply online, click on admissions at montverde.org<br />

- For a list of required documents by grade and/or student type visit:<br />

application process at montverde.org<br />

- Submit standardized testing<br />

- Grades 6-10 submit:<br />

- Secondary Admission Test (SSAT) or<br />

- PSAT<br />

- ISEE<br />

- International applicants grades 6-10 must submit one of the following:<br />

- Duolingo English Test (DET)<br />

- TOEFL<br />

- IELTS<br />

- Applicants grades Pre-K3-5 must schedule an assessment<br />

montverde.org<br />

Schedule your tour today!<br />


17<strong>23</strong>5 Seventh Street, Montverde, Florida 34756<br />

montverde.org | mvasports.com | mvasima.com | 407.469.2561<br />

October <strong>2022</strong>

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