U.S. Soccer Announces First 25 Clubs for Girls' Development Academy
CHICAGO (June 30, 2016) – U.S. Soccer has announced the first 25 clubs that will be a part of the Girls' Development Academy, an initiative designed to accelerate the development of world-class female players. The new program, which will begin play in the fall of 2017, will be comprised of this first group of clubs that are among the most elite in the United States.
The program will focus on positively impacting everyday club environments to maximize elite female youth player development. Increasing the training to game ratio, playing fewer but more meaningful games and providing assistance for coaching education and development are just some of the standards and best practices the program will promote.
Since 2007, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy has served as the elite male youth player development model for the country and has significantly improved the everyday environment for players, coaches, referees and clubs. The Girls’ Development Academy will be structured with many of the same principles and will begin play in the fall of 2017.
“Launching a Girls' Development Academy is part of an unprecedented commitment to elevating the women's game," said U.S. Soccer Women's Technical Director April Heinrichs. "The Development Academy program will offer clubs support and education to positively impact the development of players and coaches throughout the country.”
Beginning its third year, Crossfire’s Advanced Development Program (ADP) is undergoing some slight modification, with the program adapting to an altered landscape—namely, the introduction of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-12 program and the change to club teams based on calendar-year registration. Also starting with the 2016-17 season, ADP will fall under the club’s AS Roma USA Academy development umbrella, with training curriculum and additional resources provided by the Serie A club’s youth sector.
Designed to provide the optimum development environment by emphasizing quality training and limited, meaningful competition, ADP participants will receive two training sessions per month from June through January, a complete AS Roma USA Academy ADP training kit, and selected players will take part in three competitions in the 2016-17 season: SX Cup (Labor Day Weekend; Surrey, BC); Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup (October) and Vegas Cup (MLK Weekend, 2017).
2016-17 ADP Age Groups:
Boys: 2007 / 2006 / 2005 Academy Prospects
Girls: 2006 / 2005 ECNL Prospects and 2004 Pre-ECNL
ADP is a supplementary program, meant to augment a player’s club-soccer experience. Coaches and directors can recommend players to the program, or players may attend the open tryout for program evaluation.
AS ROMA USA ADP TRYOUT RESULTS: Timeline & Information
Tryouts for Crossfire's AS Roma Advanced Development program took place on Saturday, June 11, and coaches and directors are currently formalizing the evaluations and building player pools for the 2016-17 ADP program. More information on the process, and when to expect results, is below.
All players who attended the tryout will receive an e-mail with program placement and further information by Sunday evening, June 26, with the program's first training session to begin within two weeks of that communication. Currently, the ADP coaching staff and club directors are spread between US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships and the US Soccer Development Academy National Playoffs & Showcase.
Players who missed the tryout/evaluation may e-mail email@example.com and will be invited out for two training sessions for a full evaluation.
Philosophy & Tryout Information
Crossfire Premier, and the AS Roma USA Advanced Development Program, complies with US Soccer and Development Academy standards regarding the diminishing value of any tryout (Academy clubs are instructed to rely on scouting and other identification programs, such as ADP, for selecting players to top-level programs, instead of offering tryouts. Crossfire does not hold tryouts for its U-12, U-13/14, U-15/16 or U-17/18 Development Academy squads). Thus, rather than being utilized solely as a selection tool, we view it as an identification exercise for selecting players with the potential to grow within the program.
Philosophically, we believe there are too many variables at play within a one-day tryout to make selecting most players a rock-solid proposition. A player can have a great session--right place, right time, ball finds him or her in good positions, etc.--and look stellar, but it's just as likely a good player have a bad day, be nervous, have trouble getting into the flow of the game due to playing with players he or she doesn't know, or things of that nature. As a club, we are not comfortable making snap judgments on players' ability based on limited observation in such a fluctuating environment, and we believe it puts too much stress on players to perform -- they're much too young to be handed that burden, which in the end is entirely unnecessary as well.
Within ADP, there are no roster deadlines for the club to adhere to, as it's purely an advanced development program with the training environment at the program's core. Initially, selected players will be offered one of three options:
1) Full Program Invite: Players will be invited to register for the program immediately and are expected to attend all training sessions that are not in conflict with the player's club commitments. Players show the potential to compete for placement on an ADP travel squad.
2) Partial Program Invite: Players are invited to attend the first few training sessions for further evaluation, so both ADP coaches as well as the player and his or her parents can see if it's a good fit before the family commits fully to the program's annual calendar. Players in this category have shown potential for ADP selection and by training within the pool for a few sessions, coaches are able to get a better understanding of the particular player's strengths and potential in a more controlled environment.
3) Training Pool Invite: Players who show potential for the future but are perhaps not quite prepared yet for the full program are invited into the ADP training pool, with the understanding that their goal is to train in a different environment with the aim of accelerating their development. While selection to an ADP travel squad is never ruled out, we want these players to know up front, prior to selecting their spot in the training pool, that selection for travel is unlikely in the near-term.
Crossfire Players Walk with the Copa America Starters
Thanks to club sponsor Nike, 22 lucky Crossfire Premier players from the 06 and 07 boys age groups escorted the starters from Peru and Haiti onto the pitch for the opening game of the Copa America Centenario this past Saturday at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The boys were in the tunnel with the starting 11 from both sides and then walked onto the field for the anthems of both countries. The group will be back on the field with the starters from Argentina and Bolivia on June 14 and then also escort the starters for the Copa America Quarterfinal on June 16.
2016 State Championships
Crossfire Partners with Coerver Coaching for Friday Night Training
Beginning this fall, Crossfire Premier players from U-9 (2008) through U-14 (2003) will have the option of enrolling in our new Club Partner program with Coerver Coaching for additional, regular skills training. The training will take place on two Friday evenings per month, per age group, with the program running from September through April.
The cornerstone of this program's curriculum is accelerated technical development, and the Coerver coaches will utilize the Coerver Method of ball mastery and graduated pressure to increase technical competence, while playing carefully selected games to build functional success. Players will be given technical building blocks and encouraged to take bold actions in developmentally-appropriate games, fostering creativity and learning small-group tactics and principles of play in a fun, challenging atmosphere that rewards bravery and risk-taking.
Registration for the program will open in early June after Crossfire Premier tryouts are completed. Sessions will be 1.5 hours in length on Friday evenings and coached by Coerver Coaching NW staff, led by director TR Stoneback. Crossfire Premier U.S. Soccer Development Academy and ECNL players will also be on-hand to assist the Coerver coaches and provide demonstrations and support for the younger players. Each registered Crossfire player will receive a training kit and membership to the Coerver online Player Pathway.
For young Crossfire players also taking part in AS Roma USA Academy ADP, Coerver technical training for those age groups will be offered on alternate Fridays, so players are allowed the opportunity to do both if they choose.
As part of the club's comprehensive partnership program, AS Roma is sending two coaches to Crossfire Premier this spring. This is the first of several coaching exchanges planned through the partnership, which includes a significant emphasis on coach development, as well as elements of player identification. The coaches, Giuseppe Giannini and Mirko Manfré, will work with Crossfire teams and coaches throughout the week of April 18-24.
Played as midfielder over the course of an 18-year career in Serie A where he played for: AS Roma, Sturm Graz, Napoli, Lecce.
Former captain of AS Roma
Silver medal at Under-21 Euro Championship with Italy
Bronze medal at 1990 World Cup with Italy
Three-time Coppa Italia winner with AS Roma in 1983-84, 1985-86 and 1990-91 seasons
Serie A winner with Roma in 1982-83 season
Austrian Super Cup winner with Sturm Graz in 1996
Austrian Cup winner with Sturm Graz in 1997
Professional coach since 2004
Former coach of National Team of Lebanon 2013-15
Member of AS Roma Hall of Fame since 2013
AS Roma Academy coach since 2008
Previously coached at Lodigiani Calcio
Worked with the team that developed the technical and methodological football project which is currently in place at AS Roma
Current coordinator of AS Roma’s Academy teams age groups 2003-2006
Crossfire Pre-Academy Advances to Dallas Cup Semifinals
The Crossfire Premier U-15 Pre-Academy team started fast in the 37th annual Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup and hasn't slowed down yet, winning their first two group games by a margin of 8-2.
In their opening game, Crossfire Premier and Liga MX side Pumas U.N.A.M., battled to a 0-0 score at halftime. However, Crossfire took things up a notch in the second 40 minutes, putting five goals past the Pumas keeper for a resounding 5-0 opening-day victory. Declan McGlynn, Ilan Piker, Oscar Guzman, Greg Brighton and Christian Soto scored for Crossfire.
On day two, Crossfire took on reigning Region IV champions San Diego Surf U-16 and fell behind 0-1 early in the first half. Despite facing a strong headwind, the boys from Washington remained stout throughout the half and came into the break only trailing by one. Almost immediately into the second half, repeating their performance from the day before, Crossfire applied suffocating pressure on the Surf back four. Within ten minutes, Ethan Bartlow equalized for Crossfire, heading in a Greg Brighton corner. Minutes later, Brighton notched his own tally, burying a free kick just under the bar. Brighton, a member of Crossfire's U-16 Academy, added a second goal to make the score 3-1 not long after, beating two players and cutting inside on his right foot before burying a long-range blast, which prompted a goalkeeping change from the Surf. Surf added a late PK to make the score 3-2 but couldn't equalize.
The win leaves Crossfire sitting atop Group B with 6 points, with the team taking on FC Dallas U-16 Youth Premier on Wednesday with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line.
The Crossfire Premier U-15 Pre-Academy team qualified for the Dallas Cup Quarterfinals in dramatic fashion on Wednesday. Needing at least a draw to win Group B and grab a spot in the final eight, Crossfire faced FC Dallas Youth Premier U-16. Strong north Texas winds greatly affected the play of both teams but FC Dallas went ahead 1-0 near the end of the first half. Crossfire pressed for an equalizer in the second stanza, with Ilan Piker forcing a good save and Christian Soto narrowly missing. It appeared it wasn't the day for Crossfire, however, until in the fifth and final minute of stoppage time, on the last touch of the game, Piker rose above everyone to power a header home off a Greg Brighton corner. The referee blew his whistle three times immediately after, sending Crossfire off to the quarters. Kickoff is set for 2 pm Pacific time tomorrow.
After defeating the Rio Rapids 1-0 in the quarterfinals, the Crossfire Premier U-15 Pre-Academy advanced to the semifinal round of the prestigious Dallas Cup, where they took on Andromeda SC of Texas. Playing in front of packed sidelines, Crossfire and Andromeda battled to a 0-0 stalemate at halftime, and after a second 40 minutes of soccer, the score remained 0-0. Both teams had opportunities and battled hard, with Crossfire hitting the post once and the crossbar shortly after, but neither could break the deadlock. Twenty minutes of extra time followed, but the defenses held stout and the semifinal went to penalty kicks to decide a winner. Crossfire goalkeeper Keanne Speed made two great saves to put the team in position to win with their fifth spot kick, but again, the crossbar made the save. Andromeda converted their fifth and sixth PKs, while Crossfire again missed, sending the Texas club on to the final. Overall, it was an exceptional run against a very tough tournament field.
Crossfire U-17 ECNL Team Returns from Rome
The Crossfire G99 ECNL team has returned from their trip to Italy, where they took part in a week's worth of training and exhibition matches with official Crossfire partner AS Roma, as well as a number of tours and other sightseeing activities. As part of Crossfire's elite player-development program, the trip was 100% paid for by the Crossfire Foundation.
On their first full day in Rome, the group trained with AS Roma coaches at Centro Sportivo Giulio Onesti and then were taken on a tour of AS Roma's home ground, the Stadio Olimpico. The players were able to tour the guest locker room and the AS Roma locker room as well as the field. The team also took in the day's lunch at the Stadium “Tennis Restaurant.” After lunch, the team toured the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, and Basilica of St. Peter’s in Chains before regrouping for a light pregame dinner and heading to the Salaria Sport Village for afriendly game vs. RES Roma. The RES Roma players were the women's first team and ranged from 18 years old and older. The game was evenly matched, with both teams having opportunities, though it ended in a 0-0 draw. Following the game, the teams had a buffet dinner together at the Sport Village before returning to the hotel.
On the third day the team had a training session with the AS Roma coaches at Tre Fontane-EUR followed by lunch at Casa Novecento. After lunch they had 3 hours of leisure time at the Piazza Del Popolo for strolling and shopping. This was an opportunity for a player’s sister and another player’s cousin studying abroad to meet the team for some time exploring Rome. The girls returned to the hotel to regroup before for the team’s second game and a light pregame meal. The second game was against AS Roma players ranging from 15-18 years old. Roma played one team per half. At halftime the score was 1-0 Crossfire. The final score was 5-1 Crossfire. The after game buffet dinner was a highlight as the players interacted, had a dance off and got to know each other.
On day four, the players had their third training session at Tre-Fontane-EUR, lunch at the Sheraton and then met their tour guide Nino for atour of St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square and Castel S.Angelo from the outside.
On their last day in Rome, the ECNL squad began with lunch at the Hostaria Pantheon, which is in the piazza of the Pantheon. Their guide Nino again met the group for tours of the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. The players threw 3 coins as a group into the fountain. The day was concluded with dinner at the Restaurant Met and a short walk to the Stadio Olimpico for the AS Roma vs. Palermo Seria A match, which ended in a 5-0 win for AS Roma.