May 27, 2012
U.S. Soccer to add 3 women’s youth coaches
CHESTER, Pa.---U.S. Soccer is making a new major commitment to the development of women’s soccer in the United States and will add three full time positions to the Women’s Youth National Team program.
Following the FIFA Women's World Cups for the Under-17 and Under-20 age levels this coming fall, the head coaching positions for those teams will become full-time for the first time. In addition, U.S. Soccer will hire another full-time coach whose main focus will be on enhancing the player development environment for young players.
The responsibilities of the development coach will include scouting, running U.S. Soccer's National Training Centers, assisting coaching education opportunities, and liaising with U.S. Soccer's partners and constituents as it relates to developing players at the youngest National Teams.
Additionally, this coach will also oversee the U.S. Under-15 Girls' National Team program.
"With both our Under-17 and Under-20 teams winning their CONCACAF championships this year, we have a strong base for our youth teams and are well-positioned for the future of our Women's National Team, but we know there is still much work to be done" said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. "With more full-time staff members working daily on all facets of development we are able to strengthen our approach in many areas of the youth women's program. We want to create the best environments for our elite female players so they can excel at the highest levels. "
Both the U.S. U-17 and U-20 Women's National Teams have qualified for their FIFA Women's World Cups which will be held in Azerbaijan and Japan, respectively, this fall. The new full-time coaches for these age groups will be responsible for managing everything involved in the usual 18-month cycle leading into FIFA's youth Women's World Cups.
The youth coaches will determine the schedule of training camps and matches, execute physical and technical training plans, utilize sport science tools to improve player performance and handle the expansion of U.S. Soccer's scouting network among youth clubs all over the United States.
No timetable has been set on finalizing the new hires.
U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati, speaking before Sunday’s game at PPL Park, said the federation is also looking to bring together the various stakeholders in the women’s game in the coming weeks, including former owners of the now defunct Women’s Professional Soccer, W-League and even MLS. What role beyond hosting a meeting U.S. soccer will have in shaping the future of the pro game is still unknown.