We value positive experiences like the ODP State/Regional Teams. USYS is one of the governing bodies the GAL could potentially be sanctioned by. This could change the ODP ID process as talks there evolve. We hope to have some clarity on this from the league in the coming weeks.
Yes, Academy players will be allowed to play other sports in High School. In November of 2021, we’ll have multiple members of our 2022 class signing letters of intent to play Division 1 soccer in college. A lot of these girls are multi-sport athletes (basketball, volleyball, etc). With that being said, maintaining a high level of technical efficiency is going to be extremely important for all of the Academy Pool players. Playing another sport may cause some girls to miss training. In the end, the girls are going to be responsible for preparing themselves to compete. If they can maintain their productivity on the field, while playing another sport, we’d encourage them to do so! Having a strong player pool allows us to cover for situations like this.
As a member of the Frontier Conference, all of our LFA Academy Pool players will be allowed to play for their high school teams. As a club, we recognize and value the social impact of representing your school on the soccer field.
♦ How many practices per week?
This will depend on the weekend schedule, so it's hard to give a black and white answer. However, we’re planning to have, on average, 3 training sessions per week.
♦ How much travel is expected (we understand that this may change given COVID-19)?
Each member club of the Frontier Conference has a seat on the “Conference Board”. These directors are in the process of finalizing the schedule and should have completed shortly.
♦ Does the club help with any of the travel costs for the players?
We are looking into anything that would aid the cost of travel – team buses, group airfare, etc. Whenever one team travels, the rest of the teams travel (2008s, 2007s, 2006s, 2005s, 2004/2003s). We’ll do whatever we can to find ways to assist.
♦ Would the Academy player be allowed to play in State Cup?
Yes. The clubs participating in the GAL are some of the most elite clubs in the country, with a history of developing Youth National Team players and very talented teams.
At this point, our top priority is naming the player pool. In order to accurately place players, we need to take them through a proper evaluation process. Our target is to name the Player Pool by June 20th, with specific rosters coming soon after.
♦ Full Time Girls Academy Director of Coaching
♦ Full Time Lou Fusz Athletic Staff Coach
♦ USSF/FA/UEFA/United Soccer Coaches Licensed
All coaches will be required to obtain a USSF B license by 2022, mandated by Lou Fusz Athletic.