U.S. Soccer has doubled down on its sometimes controversial Academy system by today announcing the formation of Girls Development Academy Program slated to begin in the fall of 2017.
The organization is sticking to its guns on that issue saying in today’s statement that “players in the Girls’ Development Academy clubs will play exclusively within the Academy program and will not play in any outside competition, such as ODP (Olympic Development Program) or high school.”
That same statement says that U.S. Soccer is launching the Academy Development Program, “in an effort to accelerate the development of world-class female players.”
U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs had this to say in today’s statement:
“In support of U.S. Soccer’s long-term plan for player and coach development, launching a Girls’ Development Academy is part of an unprecedented commitment to elevating the women’s game. This program will directly impact the everyday environment for clubs and further connect players and coaches to our National Teams. From a program perspective, we will educate both players and coaches on position-specific roles, physical and psychosocial planning and preparation, current coaching methodologies and the use of sport science and technology.”
For clubs interested in joining the new Girls Academy the application process will open in May of 2016.
For more on the new program go to USSoccer.com