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New Era in Girls Youth Soccer at West Florida Flames

New Era in Girls Youth Soccer at West Florida Flames

WFF Announces Development Academy Player Signings
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 marked a new chapter for our West Florida Flames players as they signed commitment letters to participate within the Development Academy Program. We are pleased that our players choose to focus on proper player development as they continue to enhance personal growth and maximize their potential to best prepare to move onto the next level.
The initial set of signings is led by a strong group of players that most have recently committed to DI college soccer programs.
Mara Rodriguez, West Virginia University, 2018 commit and Salvadorian YNT Team player. “I chose to play in the Developmental Academy because I want to be in the best environment surrounded by the best players and coaches. The DA is the best way for me to prepare myself to play Division 1 soccer at West Virginia University. The DA provides the quality and quantity of training sessions along with the highly-experienced coaches pushing me beyond my limits each day.”
Caroline Delisle, University of Central Florida, 2018 commit. “I chose to play Development Academy because I want to play in the best environment possible to make me a better player and have fun playing at the highest level.”
Jenna Oldham, Boston University, 2018 commit. “I am looking forward to being a part of the Development Academy program at WFF next season. I believe playing DA will be the best environment for me to continue to improve my technical and tactical skills that I will need to play Division 1 soccer at Boston University. DA will also provide me the opportunity to work with quality coaches and play with some of the best soccer players in the country.”
Camryn Lizardi, University of South Florida, 2018 commit. “I chose to play in theDevelopment Academy because I want to play at the highest level. I know that playing against the best competition will prepare me to play at the University of South Florida next year. I look forward to this great opportunity as I end my youth career in a program I started with since u14.”
Bree Doeble, University of Tulsa, 2018 commit.
Nicole Cook, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2018 commit. “I have decided to move back to Florida to better my soccer career by playing DA. I want to train and play at the highest level. I can’t wait to see what the DA has in store for me. I hope it gets me ready to play D1 soccer at FGCU.”
Shannon Greenwood, Western Carolina University, 2018 commit. “I chose to play in the Development Academy because I want to play at the highest level possible before I go off to play D1 Soccer at Western Carolina University, I want to surround myself with the best players and best coaches possible so I can be in a competitive environment and achieve my highest potential. The DA program has the exact training specifications to help me reach the next level.
Jordan Stack, University of Arkansas, 2019 commit. “I chose to play in the Development Academy because I want to train and play at the highest level. The coaches will push me and prepare me to play Division 1 soccer at Arkansas. I will be surrounded by players and coaches at the highest level. The DA is going to give me the challenge that I need to advance in my development.”
Brianna Sikes, The Citadel, 2019 commit. “I chose DA because it is putting me in the environment that will allow me to grow both as a player and an individual while playing at the next highest level. The WFF coaches will also help to continue to push me to be able to reach my full potential prior to playing D1 at The Citadel.”
Mary Raymond, 2019 graduate. “I chose to participate in the DA because I want to continue to challenge myself in the most competitive environment in preparation for collegiate play.”

Class of 2017 Signing Ceremony!

Class of 2017 Signing Ceremony

Celebrating with our Class of 2017 and their families as they sign their NLI’s. Missed those that couldn’t attend due to High School games and other commitments. This was a special day for our staff as they join our seniors in one of their special moments of their life.




Mikala Rhody – Vanderbilt University

Robyn Larson – Northwestern State

Sarah Mattson – Gardner Webb

Cheyenne Andrews – University of West Florida

Alexis Weaver – Northwestern State

Drew Knotts – Georgia Southern University

Kaitlyn Jones – Webber International University

Kelsey Kitchen – Youngstown State

Kayla Tillman – Alabama State University

Asela Madsen – Southeastern University

Bailey Hern – St. Leo University

Alexis Gates – Southeastern University

Angelina Troche – St. Leo University

Erika Peitersen – University of Tampa

Katie Peterson – Dayton State College

Haley Eckel – Florida Southern University

Callista Grabel – Roanoke College

Erin Brenner – Huntingdon College

Devyn Cabral – Erskine College


Dalton Gammon – King University

Mark Domis – Florida College

Julio Valdivia – Southeastern University

Daniel Guerro – Florida College

Christopher Pope – Centre College

Nicholas Diaz – Warner University

Trent Innocenti – Richmond Academy (Leeds, England)


Girls DA Clinics

Girls DA Clinics

West Florida Flames (WFF) has been selected to participate within US Soccer’s Girls’ Development Academy Inaugural season, 2017-2018. WFF has set a standard for the female player development model and looks to continue and enhance within the newly established Development Academy league producing youth National team and elite Collegiate players.

The focus for WFF is to continue to promote the development of players in an elite environment that encourages players daily in all facets of the game. Creating a high standard for young players and coaches using a training methodology that stresses individual development as its primary attribute.

We are looking for players that are ready to commit to the next level of elite development within the Academy structure that are looking to follow former and current players at West Florida Flames like Jesse Scarpa, of UNC & U20 WNT, Jackie Simpson USF alum & U23 WNT, Laurel Ivory, current WFF player and U17/20 WNT.

US Soccer Development Academy Girls ID

All sessions to be held at JC Handley Park, Field #7

  • Monday, February 27th
    • 2004:  6:00PM – 7:30PM
    • 2003:  7:30PM – 9:00PM
  • Monday, March 6th
    • 1999/2000:  6:00PM – 7:30PM
    • 2001/2002:  7:30PM – 9:00PM
  • Monday, March 13th
    • 2004:  6:00PM – 7:30PM
    • 2003:  7:30PM – 9:00PM

Pre-registration is strongly advised:

These sessions are for 1999 through 2004 ONLY, wishing to play in the US Soccer Girls Development Academy at West Florida Flames.

We encourage players to attend all ID sessions if possible.

WFF Girls DA ID Clinic

Quick Questions Regarding Development Academy

What is the US Soccer Development Academy League?
The Girls’ Development Academy (DA) is part of U.S. Soccer’s global leadership position in women’s soccer and connects with its long-term plan to improve player and coach development. The mission of the program is to provide education, resources and support to directly impact the everyday environment for clubs to develop world-class female players. Creating the Girls’ DA provides the elite female player with an improved player development model in which players can focus solely on training with the appropriate number and level of games. This model focuses on developing the individual player within the club environment, which allows for additional training sessions per season to enhance player development.

What are Some of the Benefits of Playing in the Girls’ DA?
The Academy’s elite training environment promotes increased technical standards and allows for greater accountability for players and coaches. Coaches can devote more time to these areas in training. Both players and coaches must learn to deal with and manage the challenges of playing in games using international rules, which is what players will experience at the highest levels. The Academy program provides an improved environment with the proper training-to-game ratio that supports year-round periodization for development.          

Who are the Clubs Participating in the Southeast Conference?
West Florida Flames – Boca United – IMG Academy – Weston FC  – Orlando Pride – Carolina Railhawks – Charlotte Soccer Academy – United Futbol Academy – United Soccer Alliance – Concorde Fire –  NTH Tophat

How Many Games are Played and How Long is the Academy Season? How Many Showcases are Hosted Per Year?
Each Academy team plays approximately 25 to 30 league games, with an additional 6 to 9 games played over showcase events. Teams that advance from the Academy Playoffs could expect to play up to an additional 3 games. The season will likely begin in September and commence with Championships in July. Clubs will break from league play for periods of rest (including inactivity due to weather), during a winter break (December/January) and/or following the end of the regular season (July).

Will There be Continued College Exposure Within the DA?
Yes, the Academy showcases are specifically geared to college exposure and youth national team scouting. West Florida Flames will continue to provide college advisory and support for their members. We are proud of the current success rate of WFF players committing to play in college.

How Many Players Does the Academy Allow on a Roster?
There is a minimum of 32 Full-time (FT) players across the oldest two groups are required at the start of the season.

Can Younger Players Compete in Older Age Groups?
Yes, it is encouraged that younger players play up based on relative age effect, talent, development needs and opponent.

What is a Developmental Player?
A Developmental Player (DP) is a high-potential “bubble player” that trains with the DA player pool, but is better off playing games with the “second level” team from within the club. All DPs must come from within the club (proof of roster from current season required). DPs do not count against FT roster totals. DPs can play in a maximum of six (6) Academy games.

What if I Don’t Make a Development Academy team?
If you are not selected for an Academy team, you could be selected for a Pre-Academy team and selected as a Developmental Player. Players can be assigned Developmental Player status beginning October 1st of the 2017-2018 season. Pre-Academy teams will follow a similar model to the Academy teams with oversight from Academy staff.

How Many Days Does a Development Academy Team Train?
There is a requirement of four (4) times per week. The average training cycle with games equates to 3-4 trainings per week.

Where Will the West Florida Flames Academy Facility be Located?
Our current site is JC Handly Park in Brandon. We continue to evaluate our structure to further enhance our geographic capabilities.

Will I be Allowed to Play High School Sports While in the DA?
Yes, you will be able to participate in High School sports. To participate in High School sports, you must identify the timeframe of participation within the school sport as US Soccer rules prohibit participation in the Academy while participating in school sports concurrently. US Soccer is focused on the players, their development and health. Players suffer more injuries due to overuse and US Soccer wants to support players with proper periodization.

You may return to the Academy after school sports have ended. Birth years 2004 and 2003 are not permitted to participate in High School Sports.

Participating in school sports, dependent on time of season, can exclude you from trainings, scrimmages, games and showcases.

Can Academy Clubs Participate in Non-Academy Competitions?
To maintain a focus on training, Academy teams do not play in any other leagues, tournaments, State Cup competitions, ODP or All-Star events without written permission from the U.S. Soccer Development Academy staff. Full-time Academy players can only participate on their designated Academy team, with only one exception: National Team duty. Development Academy players for all teams must choose to participate in the Academy full-time with the exception of the High School Sports rule.

What is the Cost to Play in the Development Academy?
At West Florida Flames, the registration fee is $1750 plus a $80 volunteer fee that is refunded upon completing WFF volunteer hours.

What is the Travel Fee and Who Pays for Travel Expenses?
DA club players are responsible for all travel expenses. The fees are varying based on schedule provided. Estimated cost is between $1600 – $1800.

Are There Scholarships Available in the Development Academy?
Yes, both West Florida Flames and US Soccer Development Academy offer a scholarship program to support families in need. West Florida Flames Soccer Club strives to provide an opportunity to play soccer at all levels despite financial limitations.

How Does Someone Tryout for a West Florida Flames DA Team?
Anyone interested in being identified can contact the Girls Director of Coaching, Jorge “Yoyo” Zavala, at to participate in a regular training session. Also, there are open ID camps in February and March. Check our club website for Camp ID details and registration info

For more information on the Development Academy


USA’s -West Florida Flames’ ENCL- Ivory: This World Cup has changed my life

USA’s -West Florida Flames’ ENCL- Ivory: This World Cup has changed my life

FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

USA’s Ivory: This World Cup has changed my life


As you might expect from a player with her surname, Laurel Ivory is a pretty solid customer. Indeed, the USA goalkeeper is so resilient, it was hard to keep count of just how many saves she made in her side’s three games at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016. Unfortunately for them, those stops were not enough to help the Stars and Stripes through to the next round, after successive defeats to Ghana and Japan – both matches they had initially led.

What’s more, Ivory also exhibited a high degree of mental resilience, when talking to just moments after leaving the field at the Amman International Stadium following the 3-2 reverse against the Japanese that spelt the end of USA’s tournament. “The last two games have been unfortunate: they were games we should and could have won,” said the custodian, her gaze firm and her chin up, determined to face the disappointment head on. “Unfortunately, we haven’t achieved what we’d wanted to.”

And though she admitted that, in the end, the best team won, she also felt that during long stretches of the game, the US had held the upper hand. “We really had Japan against the ropes but I’m sure that, at half-time, something happened in the dressing room that changed their mindset,” said Ivory, who made a host of decisive saves over the course of the match.

“They [Japan] were trailing [at the interval] and they managed to turn the game around completely. I gave everything to try and stop them scoring and I tried to help my team-mates as well as I possibly could. We were fantastic in the first half, especially in defence, but we weren’t able to hold out for the whole game.”

While some of her colleagues were still crying inconsolably in the dressing room, Ivory had already moved past that stage, and was equally quick to downplay her individual display. “Playing at a World Cup is something we’ve dreamed about since we were little, and that dream ended tonight. For that reason it’s hard, right now, to focus on the positives,” said the West Florida Flames keeper.

“I’ve given my best and tried to do my bit to put my team in the best position possible. But if in the end that’s not enough to win, you can’t allow yourself to be satisfied with a good [individual] performance.”

In it for the long haul
That is just one of many lessons Ivory will take from her time at Jordan 2016. “I’ve learned so much from this championship, it’s changed my life,” said the winner of the Golden Glove at this year’s CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship. “This is my first World Cup, my first experience of conditions almost like those in pro football. To be honest I’ve loved it and I’m really keen to stay on this path.”

Her dream of a bright footballing future, however, predates her World Cup debut by some distance, with Ivory catching the football bug when first kicking a ball around aged four. And after being heartbroken in mid-2013 upon missing out on selection for a regional representative side, it was her mother Jackie who stepped in to raise her spirits, asserting that the race to her goal was a marathon not a sprint.

It is this long-term perspective that is helping the young No1 keep her head now that her Middle Eastern sojourn is now over. “Of course it would have been fantastic to win this U-17 World Cup. But we also know that we [the USA] have never won this competition and, even so, at senior level we’re the world champions,” added Ivory, who was called into the national team set-up in September 2015.

“It’s a long-term philosophy: our whole career and footballing futures are at stake. We all have the ambition of one day reaching the senior side and this tournament is a big step forward in itself,” she said, as the interview concluded. “We needed to taste the atmosphere at a global competition; we needed to know how it feels to lose at one, and the emotions you go through in these situations. Everything we’ve experienced here is important for the future of this team.”


ECNL/NPL Tryout Schedule

ECNL/NPL Tryout Schedule


ECNL/ECNL Dev/NPL (Girls) Tryout Schedule

US Club – ECNL/NPL (Girls U12-18) Tryouts

Tryouts are now closed for US Club Soccer programs, if you missed them please contact us

Tryouts for NPL/FSPL will be at J.C Handly & East Lake, these teams will train and play at one of these locations.

tryouts-2015Registration for  Try Outs for the 2016-2017 season at West Florida Flames are now closed, and will open in May 2017. If you are interested in playing for West Florida Flames, contact us. register-closed


WFF ECNL Goalkeeper Laurel Ivory Suits Up With the U-17WNT This Week!

WFF ECNL Goalkeeper Laurel Ivory Suits Up With the U-17WNT This Week!

West Florida Flames U-16 ECNL Goalkeeper Laurel Ivory will suit up again with USA’s U-17 Women’s National Team this week.  U.S. Soccer hosts the U-17 Women’s National Training Center Invitational in Carson, California From February 11-15.  This third annual tournament will feature U-17 Women’s National Teams from the USA, England, Japan, and Korea Republic.  All six matches will be available to watch on

Go Laurel!  Go USA!

Go Laurel! Go USA!

“Since its inception, the U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational has been a tremendous showcase for women’s soccer and we are sure this year will be no different,” said Head Coach B.J. Snow. “We have brought in three great teams that will provide us an excellent platform to evaluate where we are as a team and help us prepare for World Cup Qualifying. It is critical that we continue to provide our top youth players with meaningful international games and we are excited for the opportunity to test ourselves against some of the best teams in the world.”

Yoyo Zavala, WFF ECNL Director states, “It was enjoyable to watch WFF player Jessie Scarpa recently during the World Cup qualification campaign, especially the team’s celebration after winning the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 National Championship.  I expect the U-17 NTC Invitational to be just as exciting.  I encourage all of our current players to take the opportunity to watch the games as part of their development process and to see the level of our YNT players.

We are so proud of Laurel and Jessie who have both become mainstays on their respective National Teams.  In addition, numerous West Florida Flames players have been selected for Regional ODP competitions here in Florida as well as internationally over the years.  Margaret Woodward had a memorable trip to Amsterdam last year, and Mikala Rhody (U-17 ECNL) and Ashley Frank (U-16 ECNL) have both made the rosters for upcoming Region III play in Brazil.  U-20 Colombian National Team member Marcela Montoya (U-18 ECNL) returned from Brazil in November after a life-changing experience representing her country in the South American Cup.

We are dedicated to player development.  With the ECNL, the girls are able to test themselves in competition against some of the best teams and players in the country.  It is our goal to create opportunities beyond local and regional events for our girls to showcase their talent. We strive at placing them at the highest level in national and international venues.”

Congratulations and Best of Luck to Laurel!  Go USA!

WFF U-16 ECNL Goalkeeper Laurel Ivory to Play with U-17 WNT in the NTC Tournament, Feb. 11-15 in Carson, CA

WFF U-16 ECNL Goalkeeper Laurel Ivory to Play with U-17 WNT in the NTC Tournament, Feb. 11-15 in Carson, CA

U-17 Women’s National Training Center Invitational Schedule
All games are noted on the website in Pacific Coast Time (PT) – we’ve converted to East Coast Time (ET) below.

  • Thursday, February 11th at 6pm PT / 9pm ET – USA vs. England
  • Saturday, February 13th at 6pm PT / 9pm ET – USA vs. Korea Republic
  • Monday, February 15th at 4pm PT / 7pm ET – USA vs. Japan

The games will be live streamed on (just click on Schedule & Tickets and the link for the games will appear).


West Florida Flames ECNL Class of 2016

West Florida Flames ECNL Class of 2016

West Florida Flames ECNL Director “Yoyo” Jorge Zavala, has released the current list of College Commitments for the ECNL Class of 2016.

In the initial 3 years of ECNL play, we are proud to have seen so many of our players continue both their academic and soccer success in colleges throughout the United States.  Some have gone on to play in our US National Teams and in the International scene as well.   2016 kicks-off another impressive list of commitments for West Florida Flames graduates with a few players still undecided. Today is the start of the National Letter of Intent for the early signing period.  The signing period continues through April, so there will be more additions to this list in the coming months.

West Florida Flames ECNL U18 Head Coach Grandy Streets comments, “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with these wonderful young ladies and look forward to watching them become the powerful women they are meant to be.  It has been an honor and a privilege to walk beside them this season.  Through difficult trials, our faith was tested.  We learned how to redefine success in this life and focus on becoming significant in this world.  May God continue to bless each and every one of them.  I am so incredibly proud of their loyalty, commitment, and perseverance.” Group2016 (2)

ECNL Director Yoyo Zavala continues, “We are proud of the training, playing, and development environment we have created here at West Florida Flames.  Our players are getting the best possible exposure to top schools in the country through showcases and league play. Our goal is always to place our players into the best schools they can attend to get the best possible education. Our 2016 graduates have worked very hard over the years to obtain these opportunities.  I want to acknowledge all of their efforts, congratulate each of them on this exciting next phase of their lives, and wish them the best and brightest future.”

Class of 2016

Tatiana Cowart – North Greenville University
Abigail Harkins – Assumption College
Jackie Jarmolych – Rochester Institute of Technology
Rebekah McFadden – University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Haleigh Mercer – Troy University
Marcela Montoya – Georgia Southern University
Paige Napolitano – Nova Southeastern University
Emery Noll – Carnegie Mellon University
Julia Ortiz – St. Leo University
Tanna Townsend – Southeastern University
Brandi Walker – University of North Florida





West Florida Flames PreECNL U13 Girls Win Championship at Disney Junior Soccer Showcase!

West Florida Flames PreECNL U13 Girls Win Championship at Disney Junior Soccer Showcase!

The West Florida Flames PreECNL U13 Girls captured first place at this past weekend’s Disney Junior Soccer Showcase. 

The girls had an impressive start winning all 3 group games without conceding a goal. Leading up to the finals, the team scored a total of 10 goals and only gave up one.  The championship was a hard-fought game, but the girls prevailed in penalty kicks hitting all of their shots from the mark and with two great saves from the keeper.

Congratulations to Coach C-la Henriksen and the U13PreECNL team in their success at the Disney tournament over Thanksgiving weekend!
John Clare Joins West Florida Flames ECNL Staff

John Clare Joins West Florida Flames ECNL Staff

JohnClareWFF ECNL Director, “Yoyo” Jorge Zavala, announced that Coach John Clare has agreed to be a part of the Elite Clubs National League staff at West Florida Flames.

“I’m excited to have Johnny as a member of our staff.  He is a coach that I have always been very fond of.  I have admired his ability to transform players for the best. Our coaching philosophies and style are very similar.  Having him on board to further develop our players’ individual abilities is a tremendous positive for our program.  Johnny brings a vast amount of knowledge of the game, having played professionally and coached for so many years has made him one of the top coaches in the state.”

John Clare is a USSF “A” Licensed Coach.  He has been coaching for more than 20 years, most recently as the Director of Coaching at Dynamo of Tampa. He was a professional player in the American APSL, NPSL and USISL leagues; as well as a reserve team player at Werder Bremen (a German Bundesliga club). 

Please join us in welcoming Coach Clare to West Florida Flames!

Marcela Montoya (WFF U18 ECNL) Selected to the U20 Colombian National Team

Marcela Montoya (WFF U18 ECNL) Selected to the U20 Colombian National Team

Marcela Montoya has been selected to the Under 20 Colombian National Women’s Soccer Team.  She will be one of a 25-player roster that will compete in the South American Cup in Brazil from November 18th through December 3rd.  Congratulations Marcela!

Marcela plays on the WFF U18 ECNL team and is committed to play college soccer at Georgia Southern upon graduation in June 2016.