PENN FUSION ACCEPTED TO GIRLS DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY

July 1, 2016: Penn Fusion Soccer Academy is pleased to announce that it has been named one of the initial 25 clubs to be accepted into the newly formed U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy. The Girls’ Development Academy is part of U.S. Soccer’s initiative designed to accelerate the development of world-class female players. 

Penn Fusion Soccer Academy is pleased to announce that it has been named one of the initial 25 clubs to be accepted into the newly formed U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy. The Girls’ Development Academy is part of U.S. Soccer’s initiative designed to accelerate the development of world-class female players. 

We are proud and honored to be in the initial group of 25 clubs accepted to be part of the US Soccer Girls Development Academy. It shows the respect and positive reputation our club and girls program has earned nationwide. Penn Fusion, as part of the Girls Development Academy, will provide exciting opportunities to our players and any aspiring female players in our area. It will give us another boost to become one of the best environments for female talent in the country. Huge credit to our club leadership, staff, and many volunteers.  Most importantly, thank you to current and former players and coaches. Their individual commitment and belief in our program enabled us to earn this fantastic opportunity,” said Penn Fusion Technical Director, Tino Mueller.

The Girls’ Development Academy will be the preeminent platform for female player development and will serve as the primary pathway to the Youth National Teams.  The program will feature three combined age groups: U14/15, U16/17, U18/19.  The use of the combined age groups will ensure that clubs form teams with a balanced roster of players from two distinct birth years and will also encourage players to play “up” on an older age team within the club to help accelerate development.

“We are very excited and proud to continue our contribution to the future development of the female game.  As an organization, celebrating forty years on the youth soccer scene, we recognize the hard work and dedication of our players and coaches who consistently strive for excellence,” said West Chester United Soccer Club and Penn Fusion Soccer Academy President, Dan Kennedy.

Club applications for inclusion in the Girls’ Development Academy were evaluated and accepted by U.S. Soccer’s technical staff based on the following criteria:

  • Leadership of the club and quality of the coaching staff
  • Desire to embrace and promote the core values of the program
  • U.S. Soccer license levels of coaching staff
  • Infrastructure of the club and the resources currently being invested in development (facilities, scholarships, staff to player ratio, etc.)
  • History of player production for Youth National Teams, the senior Women’s National Team and professional leagues
  • Market and depth of the player pool, geographic location and travel implications and proximity to other elite clubs

U.S. Soccer will launch the new program in the fall of 2017.  Penn Fusion Soccer Academy will hold a public meeting during the Fall of 2016 to outline its organizational and player development structure related to the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy.  There will be no changes for the upcoming 2016/2017 season.  In the interim, any questions regarding this program should be addressed to Penn Fusion’s Technical Director, Tino Mueller at tmueller@wcusc.org

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