The US Soccer Development Academy (DA) program is new for girls beginning in 2017. For its inaugural season, Seattle Reign FC joined forces in a 5-year agreement with Eastside FC and Seattle United FC to expand the Reign Academy as it prepares to play this fall. The partnership provides our girls an unrivaled platform to develop both as players and as individuals, in a female-centered environment that is built around the unique needs of the elite female soccer player.
Seventy-one clubs, represented by around 5,000 players across six regions are expected to kick off the program this season. Eastside FC players will be amongst them, as the club launches and manages Pre-Academy (U12 and U13) and EFC-Reign Academy2 teams (U14, U15, U16, U17 and U18/19) that, along with a mirrored program at Seattle United, feeds Reign Development Academy teams at U14, U15, U16/17 and U18/19.
The partnership calls for the development, implementation and training of a Seattle Reign soccer curriculum at Eastside FC, expected to benefit girl players at all ages and levels. EFC Coaches, too, will benefit from working with their counterparts in the professional NWSL ranks.
Eastside FC’s top girls’ teams at U12 and U13 this year will become the club’s first EFC/Reign Pre-Academy teams. Along with the five EFC/Reign Academy2 teams, they will continue to practice at Preston and play in the RCL, but will enjoy interaction in the form of friendlies with other Pre-Academy and Reign Academy or Academy2 teams, as well as increased exposure and access to Reign Academy. EFC/Reign Academy2 teams have the option to sharpen their skills in the Far West Regional League and can count on summer tournaments, friendlies with other Academy2 teams, and college showcases to fill out their year.
EFC players selected to play on the four Reign Development Academy teams can expect to see practice sessions step up to four per week, half on the Eastside and half in Seattle. These players will travel heavily based on the US Development Academy schedule.
Similar to the current structure of the Boys' Development Academy, the primary principles of the Girls' Development Academy include more training, less total games, more meaningful games, international rules and standards, higher standards and license requirements for coaches, elite referees and increased opportunities for players to be identified and selected to Youth National Teams.
Your Reign Academy Questions Answered
What is the Reign Academy?
The Reign Academy provides world class coaching and training to elite female soccer players in the Pacific Northwest. Through a unique long-term partnership between Seattle United, Eastside FC and the Seattle Reign FC, the Reign Academy will offer a comprehensive set of programs for soccer players ages 12-19. Centered around teams playing in the United States Soccer Girls’ Development Academy, the Reign Academy provides female players in the Pacific Northwest with an unrivaled platform to develop both as players and as individuals, in a female-centered environment that is built around the unique needs of the elite female soccer player.
What league will the Reign Academy play in?
The Reign Academy is a founding member of the US Soccer Girls Development Academy (GDA). As one of 69 clubs in the U.S. Girls Development Academy, Reign Academy will operate teams in the 2004, 2003, 2002/2001 and 2000/1999 age brackets. These four teams offer comprehensive, focused and intense training environments that are designed to develop elite-level players to their fullest potential, preparing them for D1 colleges, professional playing careers or international football.
What is the Reign Academy player selection process?
The Reign Academy will hold Player Identification Days for each of the four GDA age groups. You can find a complete schedule at www.reignacademy.com. These tryout sessions are completely separate from and will take place prior to the normal Seattle United/RCL tryouts.
What uniforms will the Reign Academy wear?
The Reign Academy will wear dedicated and unique Reign Academy uniforms. These kits will be the same kits as the Seattle Reign FC first team wears.
What is Reign Academy2?
The best way to think about the Eastside FC Reign Academy2 program is to understand that it is a “rebranding” of the Eastside FC Red teams at the respective age groups. Eastsode FC will have Reign Academy2 teams at the following age groups: 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000/1999. Reign Academy2 teams offer a pathway for players capable of making the leap to the GDA level of play, and will train under the Reign Academy curriculum. Reign Academy2 players can be called up as Developmental Players to the full GDA teams, and are permitted to play with their high school teams.
What league will the Reign Academy2 teams play in?
Reign Academy2 teams will compete in the RCL like the rest of the Eastside FC teams. They will also play in some Academy2 events throughout the year and will train exclusively at our Preston Fields. The potential of supplemental leagues and playing events like the Far West Regional League, National League, etc, will ensure that the Reign Academy2 players will have access to the highest levels of available competition.
What is the player selection process for Reign Academy2?
Players that wish to play for an Eastside Reign Academy2 team should register for the Eastside FC tryouts at their respective age group. The tryout process is the same as it is for all Eastside fC teams/players.
What uniforms will the Reign Academy2 wear?
The Reign Academy2 teams will wear Eastside FC kits.
What is the Reign Pre-Academy?
The Reign Pre-Academy offers emerging-elite players in the 2005 and 2006 age brackets with a defined pathway to GDA and Academy2 teams. Reign Pre-Academy teams train using the Reign Academy curriculum, and players have opportunities to move up to GDA or Academy2 teams should a player be performing beyond her current age level. As the Reign Academy2 teams, it is best to think about the Eastside Reign Pre-Academy as a “rebranding” of the Eastside FC Red teams.
What league will the Reign Pre-Academy teams play in?
Reign Pre-Academy teams will compete in the RCL like the rest of the Eastside FC teams. They will also play in some Pre-Academy events throughout the year and will train exclusively at our Preston Fields. The potential of supplemental leagues and playing events like the Far West Regional League, National League, etc. will ensure that Reign Pre-Academy players will have access to the highest levels of available competition.
What is the player selection process for Reign Pre-Academy?
Players that wish to play for an Eastside Reign Pre-Academy team should register for the Eastside FC tryouts at their respective age group. The tryout process is the same as it is for all Eastside FC teams/players.
What uniforms will the Reign Pre-Academy teams wear?
The Eastside Reign Pre-Academy teams will wear Eastside FC kits.
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