As much as soccer has exploded within the last decade, it is hard to believe that not only are there very few youth soccer clubs with all-girl players
Former U.S. Women’s National Team player, World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist, Lori Chalupny, has joined forces with the head coach of Fire and Ice Soccer Club, Lindsay Eversmeyer, to start the only female-led all-girls youth soccer academy. Eversmeyer started Fire and Ice back in 2013, which is a semi-professional soccer team based out of Belleville, Illinois.
The team competes in the Women’s Premier Soccer League, the largest women’s league in the world, which is just below the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). WPSL rosters feature current and former collegiate players from respective regions. “After continued success over the past seven years with Fire and Ice; including making it to the league Final Four two years in a row (leaving one with a National Championship) and helping seven players move on to play professionally in either the NWSL, Sweden or Australia; we came to the conclusion that it was time to start an all-girls youth academy,” Eversmeyer said.