TAMPA, Fla. – The United Soccer League today announced the launch of a female pathway within the USL Academy.
The move, which follows the launch of the USL Academy platform and the first USL Academy Cup event in San Antonio this past October, will see the USL provide its first female player development pathway.
The new extension of the USL’s Academy platform, which was launched in March 2019, will take effect in the 2020/21 youth soccer season.
“This is just the first step in our growing commitment to women’s soccer in the United States,” said USL Chief Operating Officer Justin Papadakis. “With the recent unprecedented growth of the women’s game, we feel it is time for USL to be proactive in developing a developmental platform for young women to pursue their dreams. As opportunities continue to increase for young women to pursue professional soccer, we want our clubs and their youth affiliates to work in tandem to help them achieve that goal.”
Through this initiative, the USL will aim to provide access for both female and male players to showcase their abilities and further their development through the USL Academy.
“Since launching earlier this year, we’re very grateful for how well our USL Academy initiatives have been received, not just by our current USL clubs but even more so by their local youth soccer communities,” said Liam O’Connell, USL Sr. Director of Youth Development. “As our clubs and their local counterparts began to work together to build stronger player development pathways at home, it became apparent that there was an incredible amount of interest in providing the same opportunities to young female players.
More information, including application details, will be provided in the coming months.
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slickdaddy96: afterthought for SSA. Maybe this new director will clean it up.
Jun 1, 2020 10:26:18 GMT -5
atlfutboldad: Take it to a thread.
Jun 1, 2020 11:56:18 GMT -5
hot momma: Good or bad? My daughter was told by an ECNL club that she would be placed on the U19 Composite team but she would likely get some play time on the top U19 team.
Jun 3, 2020 9:01:47 GMT -5
futbalatl: What is wrong with people ranking and comparing 08 girls teams? This is insane.
Jun 3, 2020 9:16:59 GMT -5
Yes: Agreed. Insane.
Jun 3, 2020 10:18:08 GMT -5
Futsal Gawdess: How bored/meaningless is your life that u dedicate time assessing, comparing & rating 11/12 year old girls, especially considering they move from 9v9 to 11v11 so all commentary is conjecture at best. In 6-8 months, the results will say it all 🙄
Jun 5, 2020 8:15:02 GMT -5
Futsal Gawdess: While we're at it, ranking the ECNL boys teams is also a fool's errand 🙄
Jun 5, 2020 8:16:37 GMT -5
Goalkeeper Dad: That not what I was hearing from the some of the coaches and players, but it sounds like you have a better insight to that team then I do. Guess we will find out once the rosters are posted. Either way I heard they will be good. Those team were good last
Jun 5, 2020 12:53:35 GMT -5
speak: clearly and we will understand
Jun 10, 2020 8:59:01 GMT -5
The flag: Is playing the National Anthem in domestic sports events more important than dividing the country even further?
Jun 15, 2020 9:14:07 GMT -5
hokesmyth: "Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might just as well dance."
Jun 16, 2020 16:10:27 GMT -5
Hb 33: Hey. just wondering if anyone has a different impression of Josh Hurst. It looks like he will coach my daughter's team this upcoming season and some of the comments about him are not encouraging.
Jun 17, 2020 19:06:46 GMT -5
To Hb 33: If she's a top player don't worry. If she's not and needs developing, sorry.
Jun 17, 2020 19:46:23 GMT -5
wonder : GOOD LUCK
Jun 18, 2020 15:45:54 GMT -5
ZZtop: So what is the target number for population reduction so the rest can move on? Anyone know?
Jun 25, 2020 12:53:27 GMT -5
ZXtop: Are you serious or just of piece of scum gutter trash on fire?
Jun 26, 2020 23:25:13 GMT -5
Hopeless: To the honeybadger .... wow.
Jun 28, 2020 20:00:11 GMT -5
soccergurl: Hopeless u can say that again
Jun 30, 2020 8:10:29 GMT -5
onestepbelow : US Club/USYS player registrations down 25-40% so far compared to last year.
Jul 3, 2020 13:45:20 GMT -5
123: No National Anthem Played ==> No Kneeling Possible
Jul 3, 2020 19:41:28 GMT -5