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Youth Programs and Academy

Washington Spirit Academy is every female soccer player’s

“path to the pros”

The Washington Spirit Academy provides year-round opportunities for aspiring female players to learn from the inside out what it takes to become a professional player, all without leaving their current club team.

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. This is necessary due to the unique geography and transportation challenges in and around our nation’s capital city. We will operate 3 teams in Maryland and 3 teams in Virginia in the U15, U17 and U19 age groups in fall of 2017. Identification and tryouts for these teams will be announced late in 2016.

Single-Event Programs
Clinics, symposiums, fitness testing and other programs are designed to supplement a players’ year-round club development.

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.

Summer 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.

Summer Development Leagues – NO TRAINING, JUST GAMES
New for 2017, the Spirit will introduce an option for players of any level to simply sign up for a game-only development league format. There will be no practicing, just games. Each player will sign up individually and be assigned to a team. Then they will show up during the week to play games under the direction of a Spirit Academy staff coach, who will only be responsible for setting line ups, managing fair levels of playing time, offering feedback to individual players, and deciding if a player needs to moved up to an older age level team to keep them challenged. At the end of the season, the coach will provide an evaluation, rating each key area of the four pillars of the game (technical, tactical, psychological, physical).



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