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Girls Academy achieves U.S. Soccer Federation membership



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The Girls Academy has become an official member organization of the U.S. Soccer Federation after a vote at the federations annual general meeting in Dallas on Saturday.

“As the Commissioner of the Girls Academy It is my privilege and honor to represent the best and brightest of the youth soccer landscape,” Girls Academy commissioner Patricia Hughes said in a news release. “My colleagues and I are excited to work with U.S. Soccer and committed to growing the game while fostering the best soccer playing environments. The Girls Academy is committed to holistic player development, and driving fandom in an environment centered around a culture of excellence.”

Formed in 2020 following the dissolving of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, The Girls Academy is a national league with more than 13,000 players and 94 member clubs. Locally, Keystone FC, Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals, PA Classics, Real Jersey FC, SJEB FC and Sporting Athletic Club all have teams in the league.

“Receiving U.S. Soccer membership further showcases the work that our leadership group, our clubs, and the organization as a whole is doing to create a first-class playing environment,” Girls Academy president Meghan Frey said in a news release. “We look forward to continuing to enhance the voices of all key stakeholders in our female soccer ecosystem to include our players, coaches, referees and leaders. We are excited to collaborate and drive change together for the players.”

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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