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The Washington Spirit has hired veteran D.C. United Academy coach Tom Torres to head up the club’s U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy in Virginia.
Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League has has established a club partnership with New York Surf SC. As part of the relationship, it was also confirmed that NY Surf will host a preseason match between Sky Blue FC and St. John’s University at Belson Stadium on Saturday, March 25.
U.S. Soccer has announced the hiring of Miriam Hickey as the Director of the Girls' Development Academy. Hickey joins U.S. Soccer after working as a Women's Football Instructor for FIFA, a National Development Officer for the Netherlands Football Federation (KNVB), and most recently as the Girls' Director of Coaching at Troy Soccer Club in Michigan.
The Washington Spirit has announced that the club will base its U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy program in Reston, Virginia as part of a new partnership with Reston Soccer Association that will see both clubs benefit from sharing resources and developing new programming for youth female players at every level.
The Washington Spirit has added Baltimore Armour as a U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy partner for the state of Maryland, which will now be called “Washington Spirit Baltimore Armour.”
Loudoun Soccer and FC Virginia have announced a historic club partnership. This partnership, effective immediately, will begin with the collaboration of U.S. Soccer Development Academy programs for both the boys and the girls’ sides.
The official unveiling of U.S. Soccer's new Girls Development Academy league earlier this year was widely seen as a paradigm-shifting arrival on the elite youth soccer landscape, and still may prove to be when it debuts next fall. Yet a small, but growing number of noteworthy youth clubs accepted into the Girls DA have already reconsidered their participation, at least for the time being.
U.S. Soccer emphasizes the importance of a full-time, professional-inspired academy model for elite youth players – one that does not include participation in high-school soccer. Abstaining from high-school play was presented as a founding principle of the federation's new Girls Development Academy. But USSF's women's technical director April Heinrichs opened the door to a substantial loophole in that policy this week.
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