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The Girls Academy Apr 26, 2021

Michigan club Nationals awarded two teams per age group in Girls Academy

Michigan based youth soccer club Nationals has announced that its player pathway is expanding for female players in the Detroit area.

Nationals has been awarded two teams per age group in the full Girls Academy (GA) platform beginning in the 2021-2022 season. Due to the club’s success on and off the field, the GA has approved additional membership for the club in the Mid-America Conference, against other top clubs in the region.

“We are delighted to be able to expand our top-end programming for female youth players in the Detroit metro area,” said Academy Director David Robertson. “The talent pool is incredibly deep, and we are excited that more players will be able to represent the Nationals badge on the biggest stage.”

Nationals, according to data from TopDrawerSoccer, has recently posted the #1 recruiting class in the country for 2021, with 46 female players moving on to play collegiately. In addition, in the last few years the club has had over 10 players called into the U.S. Youth National team programming, as well as the Haitian full women’s national team.

“When we brought together two of the top programs in Michigan to form Nationals, it was always our vision to provide pathways for players of all genders, abilities, motivation and dreams to play and train to their maximum potential,” said Nationals co-owner Jeremy Harkins. “The Girls Academy has provided incredible opportunities for our players to develop and showcase their talents to the top college and National Team coaches in the country. We are elated to now offer these same opportunities to even more of our talented young women.”

Nationals will seek to continue to evolve and grow the pathway for players to seek opportunities at the highest youth, collegiate, professional and national team levels within the Nationals GA program.