U.S. Soccer Girls' Development Academy
In 2016, US Soccer invited La Roca FC to join the new Girls' Development Academy, which began play in fall 2017. The Girls' Development Academy is part of U.S. Soccer's global leadership position in women's soccer and connects with its long-term plan to improve player and coach development. The mission of the program is to provide education, resources and support to directly impact the everyday environment for clubs to develop world-class female players.
Creating the Girls' Development Academy provides the elite female player with an improved player development model in which players can focus on training with the appropriate number and level of games. This model focuses on developing the individual player within the club environment, which allows for additional training sessions per season to enhance player development.
By the Numbers
71 Number of clubs joining the Girls' Development Academy in Fall 2017
6 Number of Girls' Development Academy regions: Northeast, Southwest, Mid-America, Frontier, Northwest, Southeast
5,000 Number of projected Development Academy girls' players for inaugural season
10,700 Current players in the Development Academy
179 Number of unique boys' and girls' Academies, developing the next generation of talent
135 Number of USSF 'A' licensed coaches currently committed to Girls' Development Academy clubs
1,544 Number of players to receive full scholarships from Academy Clubs
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy program provides education, resources, and support to impact everyday club environments in order to develop world-class players.
What is the Development Academy Program?
Following a comprehensive review of elite player development in the United States and around the world, U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007. The Academy Program's philosophy is based on increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition.
The Academy has 96 total clubs, comprised of teams in four age groups: U-14, U-15, U-16/U-17, and U-18/U19. The Academy is currently in the process of expanding its programming to include 56 new clubs at the U-12 age group and to develop a Girls' Development Academy that was started in Fall 2017.
The Academy Program focuses on positively impacting everyday club environments to assist in maximizing youth player development across the country. The Academy values individual development of elite players over winning trophies and titles. The Academy sets the standard for elite environments for youth soccer clubs nationwide and is a part of U.S. Soccer's global leadership position in youth soccer that will impact thousands of players.
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