Girls Academy

The Girls Academy (GA) is a new, member-led league that currently includes 59 elite level clubs, including 45 former U.S. Soccer Girls’ DA clubs across the country. The GA consists of like minded clubs who insist on a standard driven approach that enhances development for our players, coaches, and club. 

The GA provides elite female athletes with a true national pathway and competition platform that allows them to have various talent identification opportunities both for league play and at showcase events that maximize visibility by college coaches and youth national team scouts. RISE will compete in the Frontier Conference for the 2020/21 season..

The GA will be made up of six conferences including: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-America, Southeast, Frontier, and Southwest. The GA plans to have cross-conference matches, college showcases and a national championship series during its inaugural season.

The biggest change in the Girls Academy is the flexibility allowing players to participate in high school soccer depending on individual club guidelines. New substitution rules will encourage clubs to better utilize their talent pools, especially when showcasing players for college scouts.

GIRLS YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS BREAKDOWN

GIRLS YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM PLAYER BREAKDOWN (2019-2020)

National Platform% from Girls DAPlayers InvitedGirls DAECNLOther
U14 YNT West Region67%6040146
U14 YNT Central Region71%6244135
U14 YNT East Region----Did not take place due to COVID-19
U15 National ID Camp76%5945131
U16 YNT80%201640
U17 YNT83%242040

GIRLS ACADEMY TEAMS 
2008 (U13): Tarik Guendouzi (tarik@risesc.org)
2007 (U14): Omar Villatoro (omar@risesc.org)
2006 (U15): Kevin Cross (kevin@risesc.org)
2005 (U16): Kevin Cross (kevin@risesc.org)
2004 (U17): Vedad Hadzajlic (vedad@risesc.org)
2003/2002 (U18/U19): Tarik Guendouzi (tarik@risesc.org)
*The U18/U19 team is funded and players who make this team will have $0 club fees

PLAYER IDENTIFICATION
RISE Elite level teams are formed through a variety of evaluation methods. We scout players at games, tryouts, and invitational training sessions. Player evaluations for Elite level teams can occur at any time of the year as long as the player is not currently rostered to another team within the same league at another club. All individual elite player evaluation sessions are free of charge. 

CONTACT
Kevin Cross (Girls Academy Director): kevin@risesc.org

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