STA Girls Academy is the top tier arm of the STA Girls program. The academy teams & players will strive for excellence and compete with themselves to be better today than they were yesterday. While competing at the highest level they will display togetherness, unity, integrity & a passion for the game.
As a club we will provide the pathway to excellence as well as resources to develop on and off the field to prepare players for any level of competition after High School as well as teach them life skills they can use for the rest of their lives.
STA Girls Academy will have at least 2 A license coaches on staff for the 2020/2021 in addition to B licensed coaches and will have a full time goalkeeping director/coach as well as a Sport Performance director/coach on staff. This all to support the players in their strive towards Excellence!
Participation in Girls Academy teams is by invitation only. Our coaches are constantly working to identify the most talented players in our state, both within and outside the STA network. Girls Academy participants have the chance to play against some of the toughest competitors including clubs and teams with YNT players, which allows players to develop soccer skills that may take them through college soccer and beyond.
Our Girls Academy teams begin at U13. Younger teams will begin competing in late summer, and usually participate in at least two Girls Academy Regional events throughout the year. Our U15-U19 teams begin training in the late fall, with optional fall training and friendlies for players who are not playing on their respective high school teams. The U15-U19 teams usually participate in two to three national showcases, which attract many college coaches from top schools as well as YNT scouts.
The Girls Academy will be composed of member clubs primarily from the former Girls Development Academy as well as admitted clubs from the Girls Academy Board of Directors. The Girls Academy would be a league developed to address needs from its membership: national competitive platform, staffing, college recruiting and youth national team scouting.
By unifying DA clubs from conferences across the country we have found a way to maintain several of the defining standards of the Development Academy with flexibility in two key areas; permission for all players to participate in High School Soccer and revising the substitution rules to encourage clubs to better utilize their
player pools, especially when showcasing their players to college coaches. We feel by giving the autonomy to clubs to determine what’s best for their membership we can take what worked for us in the DA and erase the obstacles for our players to have a more enjoyable and diverse experience.
The Girls Academy strives to develop players by providing elite, driven youth talents with development environments, which meet the highest standards, that empower them to reach their full potential.
The Girls Academy program at STA impacts everyday club environments by setting standards that ensure every Girls Academy player trains in a world-class environment and competes in more meaningful games. Clubs competing in The Girls Academy commit to uphold the highest standards and maintain the best possible environments to optimize player development.
For elite, motivated players, The Girls Academy provides a pathway to develop and reach the highest level of competition.
The GirlsAcademy believes that coaches are an integral part of creating the best environment and influence player development immensely. The best coaches are able to develop the best players and they continuously develop their own skills to be the best coach. All coaches in the Girls Academy are required to hold a minimum USSF B License and their directors a minimum USSF A License
The Girls Academy takes a holistic approach to player development. Part of player development is learning the game and understanding the tactical strategies taught by the coach. Another aspect of player development is the physical development, which varies for each individual player. A player needs their individual needs met in their training environment for optimal learning and development.
To help identify the best physical environment for players, The Girls Academy provides clubs the opportunity to register late-maturing players. Late-maturing players are individuals who are not as physically developed as the average player in their age group. By placing this individual in a younger age group, their development needs are met as they compete against equal competitors.