Tag: USSDA

“Talent is Overrated.” A Comparison of Three of the World’s Top GU17 Strikers

“Talent is Overrated.” A Comparison of Three of the World’s Top GU17 Strikers

At the time of this article's original publishing, the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup was less than 100 days away. The US Women's National Team (USWNT) ...
Girls’ Recruiting: Adidas College Cup Plays It Smart

Girls’ Recruiting: Adidas College Cup Plays It Smart

In the world of women's college soccer recruiting, a general belief is that a family has to have their player on a DA or ECNL team in order to be rec ...
“ECNL has more to offer our girls.” Why Crossfire Premier Is Leaving the Girls’ DA

“ECNL has more to offer our girls.” Why Crossfire Premier Is Leaving the Girls’ DA

The US Soccer Girls Development Academy recently announced the arrival of six new clubs into the Girls' DA program.  While clubs are joining the ...
How do they do it? Crossfire Premier Fully Funds Their Top DA Teams

How do they do it? Crossfire Premier Fully Funds Their Top DA Teams

Among the landscape of US Soccer Development Academy programs, non-MLS clubs are constantly struggling to compete with professional clubs that fully ...
The DA debate continues: “It wasn’t the best fit.” -Slammers FC

The DA debate continues: “It wasn’t the best fit.” -Slammers FC

Slammers FC was one of the most dominant girls' clubs during the Girls Development Academy's inaugural year.  Surprisingly to many, Slammers FC ...
“Honestly, it’s the parents who want HS soccer.” Club coach describes his view of DA vs High School

“Honestly, it’s the parents who want HS soccer.” Club coach describes his view of DA vs High School

I recently spent time with a high level girls soccer team who joined the girls' DA in the inaugural 2017 season. This team is full of NCAA D1 commits, ...
San Diego Surf’s NLI Signing Day Ceremony

San Diego Surf’s NLI Signing Day Ceremony

On Wednesday November 14, 2018, high school athletes across the country put pen to paper, officially signing their NLI (National Letters of Intent) to ...
Why does the Development Academy Bar Players from High School Soccer?

Why does the Development Academy Bar Players from High School Soccer?

US Soccer Director of Talent Identification explains why DA players can not play for their high schools. The Boys' Development Academy started in 200 ...
You Won’t Die if You Choose Not to Play College Soccer after Club

You Won’t Die if You Choose Not to Play College Soccer after Club

Are you a failure if you've been playing club soccer for years but don't end up playing in college? We are in a time of frantic and stressful college ...
SoccerNation Sitdown: Shannon MacMillan

SoccerNation Sitdown: Shannon MacMillan

US Soccer Hall of Famer Shannon MacMillan has built a stable, competitive, multi-level soccer organization over the past eight years as the Executive ...
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