Girls Academy 13U-19U

Girls Academy: Leading Youth Soccer

The Girls Academy stands as the premier platform for fostering the growth of elite female soccer players in the United States. It prioritizes active engagement from the players to have genuine league ownership. The academy respects the ambition of club members and players to uphold an unparalleled level of excellence in coaching, competition, and yearly regional and national showcase events.

As a founding member, the Salvo SC Girls Academy provides a program that challenges young women to be and become their best selves as soccer players and people, and our coaches, staff, and parents are committed to elevating the young person on and off the field. We are devoted to creating an environment that enables every player to achieve their maximum potential by celebrating the player's journey with a lifelong passion for the game through tough competition, showcases, and camaraderie.

GA Overview

Girls Academy is a national competition platform with teams for girls ages 13-19, and is used for college, US Youth National team, and international soccer recruiting. The GA is the most demanding soccer league Salvo SC offers, with 10-month programming for players not participating in high school soccer and 8-month programming for those who are.

Once in Salvo’s GA, players meet four or more times a week and participate in additional training throughout the seasons. As a nationally competitive league, travel can be extensive, so players and families should expect an intensive commitment level.

How to Become a Member of the GA

If you’re interested in this top-level soccer program, fill out our GA interest form. Then attend our GA Discovery Day in June for more information. In July, participate in the Salvo Player ID day so our coaches can assess your skills and strengths on the field and match you with the appropriate team.

Salvo SC Girls Academy Interest Form
IconBenefits of the GA Program

There are so many reasons why playing in the Girls Academy creates well-rounded, impressive players, including:

  • Embedded individual player development within the team development through periodized training in technical, physical, tactical, and psychological aspects of the game.
  • Integrated injury prevention programming and soccer-specific strength, agility, and speed development.
  • College recruitment consultation and programming.
  • Performance and recovery monitoring using data-driven technology.
  • Video and online access for all GA games with the ability to create highlight films.
  • Community engagement and service programming.
  • Core value development and leadership programming.
  • Exposure to opportunities beyond playing, like coaching, operations (WPSL game day), referee, etc.
IconGirls Academy Teams

Teams, showcase, and playoff placement are placed based on results of the previous year, the needs of the teams, and the Player ID session.

Check out the link below to learn more about team expectations for the upcoming season!

Girls Academy Teams

IconGirls Academy Practice & Game Locations

GA teams are club-wide, meaning all our Woodbury, Rosemount, Farmington, and Mendota Heights locations can be used for training. Practices are primarily held in Mendota Heights and West St. Paul. Games can be played locally, regionally, and nationally and will require long-distance driving and flying.

IconGA Coaches & Support Staff

Our high-caliber coaching staff includes:

Delaney Marier

Girls Academy Director

U16 Head Coach / U17 Co-Coach

  • 12 years coaching experience (Development Academy, Girls Academy, High Performance, Collegiate, High School)
  • USSF A License
  • 30 under 30 United Soccer Coaches Awardee
  • Salvo SC Girls Academy Director, High Performance 9-12 Director

Matthew Cross

U18/U19 Heach Coach / U17 Co-Coach

  • 10 years of coaching experience (Girls Academy, High Performance, High School Varsity).
  • Salvo WPSL General Manager
  • Sporting Director FC Minnesota
  • Former Technical Director Blaine Soccer Club
  • USSF D License, Earning USSF C Licence

Danielle Mendez

U15 Head Coach

Goalkeeper Coach

  • 10 years coaching experience (Collegiate, Girls Academy, WPSL, Competitive Girls Premier-C3)
  • GK Level 1 Diploma, USSF E License
  • GA National Talent ID Head Coach 2023
  • GA Regional Talent ID Head Coach 2022

Stuart Trench

U14 Head Coach

  • USSF D License, upcoming USSF C participant, Advanced National Diploma, Scottish Football Association Youth License
  • Concordia St. Paul Women's Assistant, Midwest ODP Regional Staff

Thomas Macmillan

U13 Head Coach

  • GA coach for 3 years, Varsity Boys Coach - Farmington, Infinite Soccer - Individual Training Coach
  • USSF C License, USC Advanced National, USC High School Diploma, Barca Universidad - Certificate in Advanced Football Tactical Analysis

Olivia Moore

U13 Assistant Coach

  • Playing accolades: Big South Freshman of the Year, first-team All-Conference, second-team All-State, and Great West Conference All-Conference, Virginia Freshman of the Year for Division I, played for the Carolina Elite Cobras USL W-League squad.
  • Minnesota ODP Staff, Assistant Coach for Macalester College Women’s Soccer Team
  • Away from the field: works for a synthetic biotech company

Along with our impressive coaches, find additional support through our staff and partnerships:

  • Athletic Performance: Head Athletic Coach Scott Schriever and Training Haus powered by TCO
  • College Advisory Program with Delaney Marier and Matt Cross
  • Goalkeeping Support from Jorey Erickson
  • Technical Support from Peter Rivard
  • Travel and Operations Support from Lisa Wolf
IconGirls Academy Program Fees

Salvo SC pricing structures are broken into two types of fees: Club fees and Team fees. Please note that each family pays both Club fees and Team fees associated with the team they are placed on after Player ID. Club fees are fixed, but Team fees are estimated based on expected plans for each team. If all Team fees collected are not used, they will be refunded to team families (similarly, if the team decides to add extra events, Team fees can increase).

Club fees cover league registration, fields and referees for games, coach/staff fees, and indoor training. Team fees cover event registration and coach travel. The Team fee DOES NOT include player travel or uniform costs.

AGE ANNUAL CLUB FEE ANNUAL TEAM FEE WINTER/SUMMER CLUB FEE WINTER/SUMMER TEAM FEE
13U $2,975 $1,870 - -
14U $3,210 $2,920 - -
15U (8th-grade player) $3,005 + fall $3,080 - -
15U (9th-grade player) - - $3,005 $3,080
16U - - $3,005 $3,080
17U - - $3,005 $3,080
18U/19U - - $3,005 $2,790

Benefits of GA fees include:

  • Video of every game and access to your video 24/7
  • Fitfor90 (performance monitor)
  • Academic study hall on away trips
  • National player advisory panel
  • Direct scouting for Youth National Team
  • Compete with Youth National Team players
  • GA specific events at best sites in the country
  • National recruiting profile
  • Individual soccer plan development field time
IconFinancial Assistance for GA Soccer

Salvo SC has a dedicated mission to provide financial aid to players in need. See our Financial Assistance page for specific details on how to qualify for aid and the application process.

Develop Your Best Soccer Self in the Salvo SC Girls Academy

Play soccer at the highest youth level, develop your leadership and ownership skills on and off the field, and grow into your most remarkable self through the enriching environment of Girls Academy! Join us in June for our GA Discovery Day and participate in Player ID to start on the GA track.

Still have questions? Reach out to our Girls Academy Director, Delaney Marier!

Salvo SC Girls Academy Interest Form

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