GIRLS DEVELOPMENT PLAYER LEAGUE (DPL)
Development Player League (DPL)
The Development Player League (DPL) is designed to expand the Girls Academy (GA) player pool for participating clubs. The league creates a highly professional training environment and competitive model for aspiring GA players, bridging the gap between club soccer and Girls Academy soccer.
The DPL provides a clear pathway for players who show the potential to make the jump to the GA level of play. The DPL teams will offer players who excel to have the opportunity to be called up for their respective GA teams. This structure provides an expanded pool of aspiring GA players with more exposure to the GA training model and level of play, while allowing them the time they need to develop.
Founded on the ideology of the full GA program, the DPL provides a development structure that focuses on playing more meaningful games with highly professional game day environment, more training, high level coaching, development before winning attitude, and great exposure in major college showcases events.
To develop world-class players and coaches in an effort to place them at the college, professional and National team levels.
To provide the best environment for world-class development. We commit to:
- Putting the players first
- Hiring and developing the best coaching staff
- Developing a winning mentality
- Staying on the forefront of innovation
- Playing attractive soccer
- Teaching the game in a holistic way
- Being transparent
- Doing what’s right
- Improving every day
- The future and constant innovation
Youth to College, National Team, Professional Pathway
We offer a progressive pathway for players at the U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, U19, and semi-pro level. Through this structure, we have the ability to fast-track player development and promote youth players. With a commitment to innovation and high-performance, along with optimal structure and resources, we are the model club for player and coach development in the United States.
The Girls Development Player League is connected and aligned with the other areas of the club in order to facilitate proper player development. This requires a consistent training curriculum and methodology. Our coaches collaborate and create the ideal training and game playing scenarios for each player in the program.
ALBION SC hires and attracts experienced coaches that have played and coached at the most elite levels. These coaches are all credentialed with a US Soccer A, B, or C license and are experienced with elite level programming and team management. Our staff includes the following positions:
- Technical Director
- Academy Director
- Academy Administrator
- College Placement Director
- Head Coach
- Goalkeeper Coach
We believe in an age-based developmental philosophy that can be defined as follows:
Train to Learn.
U13-U14. At this stage players are primed for the long-term demands of the 11v11 game. During this period, there is heavy emphasis on technical and soccer IQ components of the game. Our teaching is geared towards perfecting our game model and style of play. We strive to develop a winning mentality every day.
Train to Compete.
U15. At this stage players are better prepared for the physical and mental demands of the 11v11 game. While we continue to perfect our game model and style of play, we will introduce different tactical elements that give us the competitive advantage over our opponents. We compete every day and exude a winning mentality in everything that we do.
Train to Win.
U16-U19. At this stage players are ready to compete and must show the desire to win at all times. We will showcase our players and teams at the highest levels possible.
DPL Resources and Initiatives
- Financial assistance for players that qualify
- Individual Development Plans for each player
- Access to all home game footage
- Classroom access for team meetings and video analysis
- Position-specific training
- Age-based developmental model
- Comprehensive curriculum and teaching methodology