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Girls Academy League

North Shore United Girls academy Teams

The Girls Academy League is home to U13-19 Girls teams that will compete in the leading US Soccer platform for girls soccer. For players new to NSU, register for our Talent ID trainings for more information so that our GA Staff can assess skills and strengths for the 2024-2025 GA season. 


Shannon Smyth 

Girls Academy Director

Joe Hammes

Director of Coaching


The Girls Academy is the leading youth development platform for the best female soccer players in the United States. We are the only national youth soccer platform that represents the collective vision of member clubs and actively engages the voice of the players to take real ownership of the league. We embrace the desire of club members and players to maintain an unrivaled standard of excellence in coaching, competition, and regional and national showcase events throughout the year.

We are committed to cultivating an environment that empowers each player to reach their best potential as an exceptional athlete and human being by celebrating the player’s journey with a lifelong love of the game through competition, showcases, and camaraderie.


What makes the GA unique and different is the active role the league’s players have in shaping the direction of the league. How? Introducing the Advisory Panel, which affords the players the opportunity to nominate and maintain a player-led board that represents the thoughts, opinions, and vision of the players. The Advisory Panel is active in suggesting ways to improve the league, engaging in sponsor opportunities, organizing charitable initiatives, shaping league merchandise offerings, and more.


Our mission is to highlight, identify, and improve top talent competing in the Girls Academy, while exposing players to opportunities to succeed at the highest level. To accomplish this, Talent ID events are hosted at Conference, Regional and National levels.