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Ten Things I Like About the Girls’ U.S. Soccer Development Academy

Generally there is only one game per weekend, and it’s at the same time every weekend, leaving more free time and the ability to plan family outings on Saturday and Sunday.

1. All the games are videotaped and accessible and shared with the player and parents, and there are detailed game reports that show starters, minutes played, goals and cards.

2. You aren’t allowed to play more than one game in a day, or more than two days in a row (parents, I know this can be annoying and a financial burden but much better for their bodies and injury prevention).

3. Organization and structure. Each region has female technical advisors to guide clubs. There is a great deal of involvement and overseeing done by USA Soccer. I like standards and organization, so this aspect appeals to me.

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