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Washington Spirit to host U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy Seminar

Boyds, MD (June 20, 2017) – The Washington Spirit will host an invitation-only seminar for members of the club’s U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy programs in Maryland and Virginia on July 8 at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Gaithersburg/Washington, D.C. North hotel. The seminar, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will feature a presentation from U.S. Soccer Girls’ DA director Miriam Hickey, along with assistance from Girls’ DA Atlantic Division technical advisor Dianne Drake.

The seminar will provide information about the core objectives and focus of the U.S. Soccer Girls’ DA, which is set to begin its inaugural 2017-2018 season in the fall. The U.S. Soccer Girls’ DA key principles include a player development model which emphasizes more time training for individual improvement, less total games but more meaningful competition, and high-level coaching and accountability.

The Washington Spirit Academy shares in U.S. Soccer’s overall goal of developing world-class players in a professional environment. Washington Spirit – Baltimore Armour technical director Denise Reddy and Washington Spirit Academy – Virginia director Tom Torres said they would like to encourage all Spirit Girls’ DA players and parents from Maryland and Virginia to attend the event.

“We are so fortunate that Miriam Hickey will be flying in from Chicago to help educate our club’s parents and players on the core principles of the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy,” Reddy said. “We look forward to having our technical advisor Dianne Drake there to assist Miriam as well as answer any questions parents and players may have.”

“We appreciate the time that Miriam, Diane and US Soccer are taking to present to our players and families,” Torres said. “Educating everyone on the Girls’ DA platform and the support they will receive will add to the excitement of getting the season underway.”

The Washington Spirit will operate two U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy programs when the nation’s top league and development program for female players kicks off in 2017. While both programs are nearly full of players, elite players are always encouraged to reach out for opportunities to become part of the only player development program with opportunities from the youngest ages, all the way to the professional level with club’s flagship NWSL team. For more information or to submit interest in any Washington Spirit youth program, visit http://washingtonspirit.com/da/

Only a couple hours after the conclusion of the seminar, the Washington Spirit will host the Orlando Pride at the Maryland SoccerPlex in NWSL competition. [TICKETS]