PSPL Surf Academy
Here at Northwest United FC, our coaching staff is continuously striving to not only train each player for the season, but to train them for the future. It is our goal to provide as many pathways into higher level playing as we can possibly create. One of our greatest opportunities lies in the PSPL Surf Academy. Northwest United works with our top players to open doors into the PSPL Surf Academy - an affiliate with the prestigious San Diego Surf, which is San Diego's Premier Soccer Club.
This Academy provides additional opportunities for elite players to train and compete together under the guidance of top national and regional coaches. It is an improved version of the Olympic Development Program (ODP) system that sought to identify and develop top talent.
Northwest United FC's Coaching Director, Kristian Powell, has been an Academy coach for the past 3 years. He has coached at id2 National events and helped scout players for the National team. This experience has enabled him to prepare our players for the next level, which can ultimately lead them to the Surf Academy.
Player pools are based on true birth year, not club year. Depending on the age group, the program continues for 9 - 11 months. We work closely with US Club’s PDP and id2 programs, which identify top players for regional camps, national camps, and the US Men’s and Women’s National Teams. The Academy Director, Eddie Henderson, is an id2 scout, a US National team U15 scout.
In this program, players still play their regular league season with their club team while also participating in Academy events. We work with other clubs to coordinate annual competitive events.
The right players can play for Northwest United, be given the opportunity to enter our Elite Player Program, progress to the Surf Academy then be able to train and play in the following tournaments if selected.
The following are Showcase Tournaments our teams specifically have attended in the past:
- Showcase of Champions - Redmond, WA
- Whitecaps FC Invitational - Surrey, BC
- Avalanche Invitational - Park City, UT
- Blues Cup - San Juan Capistrano, CA
- NORCAL's NPL Fall Showcase - Davis, CA
- November Nights Showcase - Carslbad, CA
- Carlsbad Cup - Carlsbad, CA
Last year, some of the Surf Academy’s top performers came from our club and from our developmental model. Read the story below, which highlights Jennifer Turnek - a Northwest United U17 player who played for the Academy and ended up progressing to play for the Philippines Women's National Team.
List of Northwest United Academy Players to come soon
Overall Northwest United has had great representation at the Academy thus far. This opportunity has helped players make it to the US Nationals Training Center and also to the National ID camps - all great successes, and we continue to cultivate players such as these. Who knows? The next one could be you!
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