If you were an aspiring young soccer player in Europe, you’d try to sign up with the youth academy associated with one of your country’s club teams. Assuming you proved yourself worthy, you’d be taken in hand from the age of 9 or so and brought along year by year, growing and learning every step of the way.
David Jones, who was himself such a young soccer player, nurtured by the storied Manchester United organization all the way up to playing professionally, aims to offer the same opportunity to DC-area girls. To that end, he’s partnered with the Italian Serie A (top-level) women’s team Torino Associazione Calcio Femminile (Torino ACF) to establish a professional, female-only Soccer Centre of Excellence just outside of Washington, DC.
“We’ll provide a complete support system for players and parents so when they join us at U9 level they continue their soccer education all the way up to U18,” said Jones. “Then after players get to college age level, we’ll have not only the WPSL team but a WAWSL team, too.”