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Q&A: April Heinrichs dishes on Girls DA, Mallory Pugh and more

When U.S. Soccer announced the new Girls Development Academy initiative last week, April Heinrichs was front and center. A few days afterward, she spoke to in a one-on-one conversation in which she expanded on a number of the leading topics in youth development today. Here are some of the highlights from that discussion.

Girls DA Mar 04, 2016

Washington Spirit land Larry Best, eyeing spot in Girls DA

Soccer Wire has learned that Larry Best, the director of coaching for girls at Northern Virginia youth powerhouse Braddock Road Youth Club's Elite Academy, will head up the academy program for the Washington Spirit as the NWSL club looks to lay the groundwork for a U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy bid.

Girls DA Mar 03, 2016
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U.S. Soccer-ECNL summit fruitless, with federation set to go it alone on girls Development Academy

Following a closed-door meeting between U.S. Soccer Federation officials and leaders of the Elite Clubs National League and sanctioning partner US Club Soccer in Houston last Friday, it seems the federation is determined to go forward with a new girls Development Academy without any significant outside collaboration.

ECNL Feb 17, 2016

SoccerWire Q&A: Glenn Crooks talks girls DA – “This should be a very exciting time and it’s being met with skepticism”

Word of U.S. Soccer's new, soon-to-be-unveiled “girls Development Academy” project has set the nation's youth soccer landscape abuzz this winter, and some of the most influential reporting has come from Glenn Crooks. The New Jersey-based coach, columnist and satellite-radio host recently spoke to in an in-depth discussion centering on the rise of the “girls DA” and its potential reception.

Girls DA Feb 12, 2016

Report: U.S. Soccer’s new girls Development Academy to bar high-school soccer participation

The U.S. Soccer Federation's new girls Development Academy initiative will adopt the same policy barring players from taking part in high-school soccer as the boys version, according to a new report by New Jersey-based soccer journalist and youth coach Glenn Crooks.

Girls DA Jan 29, 2016
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Sources: U.S. Soccer set to launch girls’ Development Academy in 2017, likely relegating ECNL to second tier

It was first raised as a possibility by president Sunil Gulati & Co. nearly a year ago, it's been grinding through the rumor mill for months and now it's apparently a done deal. The U.S. Soccer Federation will launch a girls' equivalent of the Development Academy, the nationwide league of top clubs intended to groom future professional and national-team players.

ECNL Dec 29, 2015