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Washington Spirit Super Y program providing summer development opportunities

Boyds, MD (May 25, 2017) – Entering its fifth season, the Washington Spirit Super Y program will offer more aspiring female players than ever the chance to spend the summer developing their soccer skills within the structure of a professional club.

Over 700 players will take a temporary break from their every day youth club environments to experience a different coaching style and learn to play with new players – then return to their regular club in August with new skills and perspective.

The Spirit operate Super Y teams throughout the DMV, with multiple training nights and locations available. Some of the best coaches in youth soccer implement the training curriculum designed by Spirit professional team head coach and general manager Jim Gabarra, which emphasizes the same fundamentals he’s been teaching the pros for nearly two decades. Gabarra’s philosophy focuses on improving a player’s technical skills and decision making to maximize her chances at one day being a professional.

“Super Y is the broad-based evaluation platform for our Girls’ DA program, reserves team and our professional team,” Gabarra said. “Super Y is a great opportunity for players to be a part of the Washington Spirit organization and gain new experiences with high quality coaches and teammates over the summer before returning to their club teams for the next season.”

Players are exposed to a training environment similar to that of what is planned for the Spirit’s new U.S. Soccer Development Academies in both Virginia and Maryland. Though the rosters for those super elite programs are nearly full, players within the Spirit Super Y program will certainly have the opportunity to be seen more by Spirit Academy staff, and may just get that invite one day as a result.

While a select few may end up in the only women’s professional team Development Academy for hundreds of miles around, the club emphasizes that the focus for the vast majority is to better prepare players for their own clubs. No recruiting is allowed by the club’s Super Y coaches. They’re only permitted to recommend a player to the appropriate professional Academy director or scout.

Outside of enhanced and unique training opportunities, all Spirit Super Y players also get to enjoy the fun side of just being a fan of the women’s professional team and U.S. National Team! There are multiple opportunities for the team’s youth players to meet the Spirit’s professional roster every summer, which this year includes 19-year-old U.S. Women’s National Team star Mallory Pugh, along with Olympic bronze medalists Shelina Zadorsky and Stephanie Labbé and others.

All Super Y teams start training in mid-June, after the traditional club seasons end, and they finish in mid-August. In additional to training, they play between eight and 10 games throughout the region, with the older age groups aiming for a berth in the Super Y North American Championships in Florida in December.

Players from several of the D.C. area travel leagues may register directly without the need to tryout, while others may apply to request a tryout in the near future. Interested players can sign up or apply here: http://washingtonspirit.com/super-y/