YOUNG WOMEN RISE UP
The California Thorns FC Academy is built with the purpose of empowering young women soccer players to rise up and achieve all of the goals they have set. Programs such as Life Academy, led by World Cup veteran Danielle Slaton, will mentor the Thorns players. Empowered as women by women and with the guidance of a successful Professional Team. With leadership training and character building, these young women will be playing at the highest level of soccer and also taught key life skills to help prepare them for college and their professional life, both on and off the field.
Starting in Spring 2017, the California Thorns will begin tryouts and player selection. The players will be evaluated throughout the spring in preparation for the official Academy season, which will begin in Fall 2017. California Thorns FC will be led by an executive committee of World Cup stars and have coaches who have played at the highest level, including some Women’s World Cup veterans like Brandi Chastain.
California Thorns FC's inaugural season will begin with an Academy team in the following age groups:
1999/2000, 2001/2002, 2003 and 2004.
In addition, our program will have a Thorn's Futures Pre-Academy team in the following age groups:
2005, 2006 and 2007.
The Portland Thorns FC professional team are leaders in women's soccer both on the field and off. With soccer stars and role models like Tobin Heath and Meghan Klingenberg. they are leading the way in empowering young female athletes. "We are very excited to have a presence in the Bay Area which has always been a hot bed for soccer talent. We also feel bringing a female guided approach to elite girls development will be incredibly successful" said Mike Smith Director Youth Development, Portland Timbers/Portland Thorns FC.
The California Thorns FC mission is to create the first fully integrated pathway for the young female athlete from youth soccer, to college and finally to the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Portland Thorns FC.
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