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What is the Girls Academy?

The leading youth development platform for the best female soccer players in the United States.

The GA is the only national youth soccer platform that represents the collective vision of member clubs and actively engages the voice of the players to take real ownership of the league. The GA embraces the desire of club members and players to maintain an unrivaled standard of excellence in coaching, competition, and regional and national showcase events throughout the year.

As a league, the GA is committed to cultivating an environment that empowers each player to reach their best potential as an exceptional athlete and human being by celebrating the player’s journey with a lifelong love of the game through competition, showcases, and camaraderie.


What makes the GA unique and different is the active role the league’s players have in shaping the direction of the league. How? Introducing the Advisory Panel, which affords the players the opportunity to nominate and maintain a player-led board that represents the thoughts, opinions, and vision of the players. The Advisory Panel is active in suggesting ways to improve the league, engaging in sponsor opportunities, organizing charitable initiatives, shaping league merchandise offerings, and more. 

“The Girls Academy Advisory Panel is super important to the GA and its values as it gives the players a chance to have their voices heard, and their ideas implemented. Being a member of the panel allows you to improve important skills such as teamwork, communication, and problem solving.” 

– Addi Egger | Pacific Northwest Conference | Seattle Reign Academy 


The Goal of the Girls Academy is to “empower our players’ pursuit of excellence as an athlete and a person,” which is closely aligned with our NUSA Vision Statement of “Creating players for life and developing champions of character.” With the addition of GA, we will further empower our female athletes to grow as leaders on and off the field and have a voice within their own character development.  

NUSA Principles: Player movement

All players grow and develop at different rates and at NUSA we are constantly evaluating players to put players in a training environment which allows them to have a good balance between success and being challenged. Too much of one or the other is not fun or conducive to long-term player development. In line with the rest of NUSA and the club’s philosophy on player development, there is potential for player movement throughout the year. Players could receive opportunities to be moved between NUSA’s GA and NUSA’s Maroon team(s). Selected players from NUSA’s Maroon teams will have opportunities to train up once per week with the NUSA GA team. This is no different than the current weekly player movement which takes place throughout the club.


The NUSA GA program will be led by an experienced coaching staff and directors, dedicated to building a strong foundation for the program’s success. Teams will train 3 days a week, compete in the Girls Academy South Central Conference and the primary focus is on both player development and character development.

Creating Players for Life and Developing Champions of Character

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