We say yes to this! The new program is designed to boost the development of world-class female players.

The first 25 clubs are among the most elite in the United States. Since 2007, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy has served only male players. Hmmm

“Launching a Girls’ Development Academy is part of an unprecedented commitment to elevating the women’s game,” said U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs.


The new program will start in the fall of 2017 and will focus on positively impacting everyday club environments to maximize elite female youth player development.

The Portland Thorns will be one of the 25 clubs. Player, Tobin Heath is pictured above. 

Here are some impressive stats! The 25 chosen clubs have produced:

  • 307 players for U.S. Soccer national teams
  • 84 professional soccer players
  • and 276 full scholarships will be provided