In the summer of 2017, U.S. Soccer announced the Girls Development Academy, a program focused on impacting everyday club environments to develop world-class players. The Eagles Soccer Club of Camarillo is one of 28 clubs to be included in the program.
The Girls' Academy is the highest level of girls' youth soccer in the U.S., and its start represents the implementation of the Academy's philosophy and standards for the most committed youth clubs across the country. Academy clubs have an increased focus on training (minimum four training sessions per week) and play fewer total games in favor of more meaningful contests using international standards. The program prioritizes individual development ahead of winning team trophies and titles.
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.April Heinrichs U.S. Soccer Women's Technical Director
A U.S. Soccer player development initiative, the Academy provides direct access to the Federation's resources. Clubs receive a wealth of support with coaching education, scholarship funding, Academy staff dedicated to serving clubs, and support from Academy Technical Advisors that reside and work in club markets.
It also provides a clear pathway to National Team programs. More than 92 percent of players selected to Youth National Teams in the 2016-17 cycle came from Academy clubs, and 65 players from the most recent Women's and Girls' YNT roster call-ups will feature in the Academy this season.
The U.S. Soccer Girls' Development Academy program will raise the standards and assure that the pathway for the most talented and dedicated female players exists, and that we will be able to continue to compete with the elite players and teams in the world. To achieve this, we must commit to a positive training and game environment at the club level to ensure the best players are playing together and not one talented player is overlooked.Miriam HickeyU.S. Soccer Girls' Academy Director
Eagles Soccer Club USSDA Staff
Girls US Development Academy Director
USSDA Technical Consultant
Steve Sampson is one of the most accomplished coaches in the history of U.S. soccer, having achieved championships at the professional, Division 1 collegiate, junior college and high school levels. He is one of only three coaches in the United States to have won the MLS Cup and the U.S. Open Cup in the same year, which he did in 2005 while Head Coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy. As Head Coach of the U.S. National Team, Sampson was the first American born coach to qualify the Team to a World Championship berth in 1997. He is the only U.S. coach to have coached two national teams—U.S.A. and Costa Rica.
For more information about the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, visit the U.S. Soccer Development Academy site.