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Youth Programs and Academy


Washington Spirit Academy is every female soccer player’s

“path to the pros”

Washington Spirit Academy youth programs provide year-round opportunities for aspiring female players who dare to dream about big things in soccer and in life. As the only women’s professional soccer club for over 200 miles around our nation’s capital, the Washington Spirit offer the most direct pathway to professional soccer for every girl who dares to dream and put in the work.

Though less than 1% of all players make it to the professional ranks; building foundations, setting and achieving goals, putting in the work, and learning to overcome adversity are things all professional players have done, and that can be learned here. We believe 100% of the players who fight for their dreams every day without quitting can become part of the 1% in whatever life path the choose beyond soccer one day.

The path to the pros has already started for every player who’d chosen to kick a ball, no matter what club they’re with today. Their experience with the Spirit may start with a training center invitation, a camp, or a full summer of Super Y play without leaving their current club. But if and when each player is ready, the Spirit, and our network of youth development partner clubs, can also offer year-round programs designed to accelerate the development of talented players in the framework of what we know it takes to become a professional. Reach out today about any of the following programs to learn more:

U.S. Soccer Development Academies

The Spirit is one of the only clubs in the United States with two U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy memberships, making it possible for the most talented and promising players participate no matter what side of the Potomac River they call home. To be considered for one of these programs, simply get in touch with us to arrange a guest training opportunity, or sign up for another Washington Spirit program like our Super Y league in the summer to guarantee you’ll be seen. We also occasionally hold ID Days in the winter and summer. But it all starts with letting us know you’re interested by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.

Partner Club Teams

The Spirit have several partnerships with clubs around the region we work with and support with the goal of identifying and nurturing talented players at younger ages to give them the best opportunity of one day making it onto a U.S. Soccer Development Academy roster with the Spirit. Through coaching support and training, curriculum development, and jointly produced camps and training academies, our partner clubs are the best place to be as young player with a dream.

Spirit Summer Development Programs and Super Y Teams
In the summer we field a full suite of USL Super-Y League teams from under-10 through under-18 stretching from Baltimore to Northern Virginia, all with the goal of helping the region’s rich talent pool of female players experience a new learning environment and gain additional opportunities.

The summer program operates with a primary function of improving each player’s technical ability and understanding of working in a team environment. A goal is returning the players to their club teams in the fall better and more fit than they were at the end of the spring season.

Spirit Academy Training Centers
Year-round opportunities will be provided in the form of camps, clinics, centers, advanced training and communications all designed to develop soccer skills and expertise from the four pillars of the game: Technical Ability, Tactical Ability, Physical Ability and Psychological Strength. Programs are led by the Washington Spirit coaching staff with the occasional player appearance.

 

 


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