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: https://www.gotsport.com/asp/application/easyreg/?ProgramID=57027
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://fcflames.com/wff-girls-development-academy-id-clinics/
For more information on the Development Academy http://www.ussoccerda.com/girls-academy-faqs