NEBRASKA'S ONLY GIRLS' DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY
GIRLS’ DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY PROGRAM COMES TO SPORTING OMAHA FC
March 8, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Omaha, NE – Sporting Omaha FC is excited to announce their partnership with the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy (DA) for the 2018-2019 season. U.S. Soccer launched the Girls' Development Academy in the fall of 2017. The focus of the Development Academy Program is to positively impact everyday club environments and to assist in maximizing youth player development across the country. The Girls' Development Academy values individual development of elite players over winning trophies and titles.
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy has served as the elite male youth player development model for the country since 2007 and has significantly improved the everyday environment for players, coaches and clubs. The Girls’ Development Academy is structured with many of the same principles. Increasing the training-to-game ratio, playing fewer but more meaningful games and aiding for coaching education and development are just some of the standards the program will promote.
For Sporting Omaha FC, the Girls' Development Academy now represents a new pathway to showcase their player’s talent. "This program will directly impact the everyday environment for clubs and further connect players and coaches to our National Teams." said U.S. Soccer Women's Technical Director April Heinrichs
The Girls' Development Academy is the highest level of girls' youth soccer in the U.S. 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 were featured in the 2017 fall Academy. Sporting Omaha FC will be a part of the Frontier Conference. Among this elite group are Sporting Blue Valley, Colorado Rush, Real Colorado, Houston Dash, Lonestar SC, Dallas Texans SC, FC Dallas, Solar SC, and Oklahoma Energy FC.
"We are very excited about our acceptance into US Soccer Girls Development Academy! This is a great honor for our club, the city of Omaha and the state of Nebraska. It reflects the hard work and commitment our players, coaching staff and families have put in, now and over the years. The Girls' Development Academy is the highest level of girls' youth soccer in the U.S. It focuses on positively impacting everyday club environments to assist in maximizing youth player development across the country. The Girls’ DA sets the standard for elite environments for youth soccer clubs nationwide and we are extremely proud to be a part of the Academy!” - Tim Bennett - Sporting Omaha FC Executive Director
“I am very excited for our club to become a member of the USSF Girls DA. Through this national platform, Sporting Omaha FC will enable girls across the metropolitan area to train and compete at the highest level possible in their quest to become world class soccer players. The board of directors is very proud of the club’s management, coaches and volunteers as this represents a national recognition of their quality work over the past years. We are thankful and proud to be chosen by US Soccer to be part of an exclusive group of Academy clubs nationwide.” - Sven C. Jasinski - Sporting Omaha FC Board President
For more information on the Girls' Development Academy contact Tim Bennett, SOFC ED: firstname.lastname@example.org