Prince William Soccer, Inc. joins U.S. Soccer Development Academy at U-13/14 level

Prince William CourageNorthern Va. club marks historic entry to North America’s premier development program

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (Tuesday, April 1, 2014) — Prince William Soccer, Inc. is proud to announce that the club has been offered entry to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and will compete at the U-13/14 level for the 2014-15 season.

A partnership between the U.S. Soccer Federation and top youth clubs around the country, the Development Academy provides the best young players in the U.S. with an everyday environment designed to produce the next generation of national team players. The Academy’s programming philosophy is based on increased training, fewer total games and more competitive games; admission is highly selective.

“This is a very exciting day for our club,” said Mike Cullina, PWSI’s Technical Director and Boys Director of Coaching. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our players as well as our coaches, who will grow and develop in this environment as well.

“The entire Prince William Soccer family – coaches, families, volunteers, players and directors both past and present – deserves to share in today’s news,” he added. “This achievement is due to the hard work they invested in our club’s current and former players, building a history of player development over decades.”

Add a description DA membership is predicated on outstanding coaching, quality infrastructure and effective club administration. Each Academy team is evaluated by a member of the Federation’s scouting network at least 10 times each year, and each Academy club receives two formal evaluations in over 100 categories each year from U.S. Soccer technical staff.

Prince William Soccer becomes just the fifth Virginia club to participate in the DA since its founding in 2007. For the time being, PWSI will compete in the U-13/14 age group only. U.S. Soccer will consider the club for future advancement into the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels.

“We’re honored and thrilled to join the Development Academy,” said PWSI Executive Director Mike Yeatts. “Membership in the DA will expose our players and coaches to the nation’s most rigorous competition, as well as a range of innovative approaches to technical and tactical development.”

Founded in 1976, PWSI seeks to inspire players to maximize their potential while making meaningful contributions to the community through the game of soccer. Over the years the club has positively influenced the lives of hundreds of thousands of children, and many alumni have gone on to stellar college and professional careers, including U.S. Women’s National Team star Ali Krieger and MLS standouts C.J. Sapong and Andrew Dykstra.

PWSI has evolved its training curriculum in recent years to emphasize individual player development, and membership in the Development Academy represents one of many steps in the club’s continued growth.

“Our younger players in particular have a great deal to look forward to, as we continue to build a player-first environment that can meet the needs of the Northern Virginia soccer hotbed,” said Cullina. “The Development Academy will certainly have an extension to the rest of our programs, and it’s just one piece in what we’re doing.”

Learn more about Prince William Soccer at the club’s official website, www.pwsi.org.

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