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Spirit Development Academy

da_primary_2colorThe Washington Spirit will be operating two U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy programs when the nation’s top league and development program for female players kicks off in 2017.

The Spirit will offer a Development Academy program in both Northern Virginia and Maryland, with each fielding U-14, U-15, U-16/17, and U-18/19 teams. Teams will be made up of top female players we believe to have the talent and commitment to be successful players in college, youth international, professional, and even the full U.S. Women’s National Team.

Players interested in joining the Washington region’s only professional team youth academy for girls should fill out the form below, and stay tuned to be contacted regarding our first Development Academy Player Identification Days in each region. You should also fill out the form if you’re attending an upcoming college showcase and would like to be scouted there.

As we launch our Spirit DA teams we aim to evaluate all interested players no matter where they are on their developmental pathway. The goal of the DA is to develop the best players for U.S. National Teams and for the Spirit Reserve and Pro teams. A broader goal of our club is to enhance the developmental experience of all level of players and assist them in reaching their full potential in the game.

We have just begun the process of identifying and evaluating players for both the Maryland and the Virginia DA. We are just as excited as you all are, and suggest that you register for our Super Y program as this is the platform we will use to continually monitor and evaluate players’ progress for DA consideration. In addition to our Super Y program, we will also be using our partner clubs and our technical advisory board to identify elite interested players for our DA.

The ID sessions we are holding are just a starting point, and they will continue for in the coming months. If you are invited to one of these, you should attend. Once you do, if you are not invited back, or have not heard anything, that does not necessarily mean you’ve not been selected. Formal offers will begin in February, but the roster building process will last through the summer.”

Girls’ Development Academy FAQs

Girls’ Development Academy – Virginia info

Girls’ Development Academy – Maryland info

Maryland DA

Final Open ID Event

Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Location: Maryland Soccer Plex
Time: TBA – Please sign up for age group. Tryouts will last 1.5 hours and be schedule between the hours of 6pm -10pm. Exact time for each age groups will announced soon.

Registration: https://washingtonspirit.sportngin.com/register/form/208037663


Virginia DA

Please contact Tom Torres: ttorres@washspirit.com

Washington Spirit Development Academy’s Virginia Staff
U-18/19 Head Caoch – George Hales
U-16/17 Head Coach – Tom Torres
U-15 Head Coach – Gary Malebranche
U-14 Head Coach – Tom Torres
Strength and Conditioning Director / Assistant Coach – Lori Lindsey
Assistant Coach – Kayley Sullivan



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