U.S. Soccer will begin play on a Girls’ Development Academy program in the fall of 2017. The new program that will mirror the Boys’ will feature 74 clubs playing in six different regions around the country.
Four new clubs have been announced today, including the first representative from Georgia. Georgia United Futbol Academy will join the Southeast region in 2017.
“We are very excited to be a part of the Girls’ Development Academy. This is a great avenue for our elite-level female players to keep on developing and have a professional soccer option right in their back yard,” Iggy Moleka, UFA’s Director of Soccer, said in a press release. “For the past few years, we have improved our coaching staff and we have excellent facilities to service our community. Our goal for the future is to develop players for the U.S. National Team and this brings us closer to achieving that goal.”
The goal for U.S. Soccer is develop world-class female athletes from a young age. For several years, the boys program has fed the U.S. men’s national team talent, now they hope to replicate the same formula for the women’s side.