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Proud to be Girls Development Academy!

Here's Why We Are Proud
to be part of the
U.S. Girls'
Development Academy
for the 2nd Year! 

Elite development program with a pathway to the Women’s National Team!
#1 pathway to U.S. National Teams - 80% of Youth National Team players play in the Girls' Academy.

  • Youth National Team programs exist at every age from U20 to U14 - And every National Team head coach from U17 and younger traveled to North Carolina for the Spring Showcase.

Premier Avenue for Talent Scouts - NCAA & Women’s National Team!
Development Academy Showcases serve as a venue to display all the preparation done in the Clubs' home environments - rather than tournaments where teams compete to win trophies.

  • Academy staff hand pick match-ups at Showcases to create the most meaningful competition, a hallmark of DA events.  Talent evaluators see the nation's best players face-off against each other, and how they rise to the challenge gives scouts an enormous insight into each player.  "Every time a game is played, and a ball is rolled, there's an opportunity for us to find a Youth National Team player," April Heinrichs said.  "We scout every field.  We're putting a blanket over the showcase.  We have this 'no stone unturned' philosophy.  Being able to be here for six days to work together at every age group to work with our scouts is important.  We are going to find the best of the best right here."
  • 313 NCAA coaches were at Browns Summit & over 400 were at Lakewood Ranch to scout/recruit players.
  • National Team scouting at the Spring Showcase is an "all-hands" operation with four Youth National Team coaches (U17 and younger), nine Technical Advisors and 24 scouts.  

U.S. Development Academy Clubs are Held to the Highest Standards!
The Development Academy is focused on improving environments to better develop every player.  The Academy event is just one aspect of a program designed to create a pathway  for players to reach their full potential in college, the  professional soccer ranks, and for some a chance to represent U.S. Soccer on the international stage.  

  • All Development Academy games are filmed with video breakdowns provided.
  • Athletic trainers are present at every game.
  • Top referees assigned to Development Academy events.
  • All Academy players with financial needs are eligible for scholarships to cover travel related expenses.

Click here for info about our Girls DA tryouts!

Join us at Tryouts! Click here for the schedule, locations and more!

Edwards Hired as
Technical Director and Coach for Nationals
Girls' Development Academy

Big Win for Nationals!


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2018/19 Girls DA Teams

Birth Year
Age Coach
U14 Jeremy Harkins
U15 Jeremy Harkins
U16/U17 Kai Edwards
U18/U19 Kai Edwards

coach contact info

Kai Edwards:, 707-888-1577
Jeremy Harkins:, 248-506-7521

Director of Coaching

Gronthik Chatterjee

Academy Admininstrator

Steve Shepherd

Thank You to Our Tryouts Title Sponsor!