GIRLS STRUCTURE

The Girls Academy (GA) is the leading youth development platform for the best female soccer players in the United States. The GA is 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 in the GA. This collaborative philosophy creates a culture guided by a shared set of core values, which produces an unparalleled experience uniquely designed in the best interest of the players. The GA embraces the desire of club members and GA players alike to maintain an unrivaled standard of excellence in coaching, competition, and regional and national showcase events throughout the year. Lastly, the GA is 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. 

GA CLUBS SOUTHEAST CONFERNENCE

  • AFC Lightning, GA
  • IMG Academy, FL
  • Palm Beach Gardens Predators, FL
  • South Carolina Surf, SC
  • Southern Soccer Academy, GA
  • Tophat Gold, GA
  • Tophat Navy, GA
  • United Soccer Alliance, FL
  • Wake FC, NC
  • West Florida Flanes, FL
  • Florida United, FL

 

FAQ

What makes Palm Beach Gardens different from the other clubs in the area?
PBG Predators Soccer is committed to providing a positive youth soccer experience through our club’s core values of Pride, Performance and Positive Coaching.  We take pride in being the only club in Palm Beach County to provide programs that meet every level of player. We have structured our girl’s program in a way that recognizes that each female athlete may have different abilities, growth patterns and ambitions in regard to their soccer journey.  As a result, we provide our female athletes a continuity of development that begins with the Junior Academy level at 5 years old, continues through our various development programs that carry them into the highest levels of competitive soccer in the Girls Academy, which then culminates into further opportunities such as collegiate play and/or our semi-professional UPSL team.  

Additionally, our players strive to achieve their highest performance levels at every opportunity, developing habits and character traits that lead to success on the field as well as in life off the field. And finally, we look to achieve our goals through Positive Coaching.  Our professional coaching staff is the core of who we are and we take exceptional pride in boasting the highest qualified and most experienced Youth Coaching Staff in South Florida.  

What leagues will my child play in?
We will evaluate each player through our ID clinics and tryout sessions to place them appropriately on a team that matches their current playing level and ambitions in the game.  We currently offer local level leagues (SFUYSA and PBSL), state level leagues (FCL and FSPL), a Regional Platform through the DPL and a National level platform through the Girls Academy. 

What is the Development Players League (DPL)?
The DPL is a Regional level platform that allows our players to compete in league play against some of the top clubs in the SE Region of the United States.  In addition, there will be several DPL Showcase events throughout the seasonal year.  This a league that is focused on developing players looking to potentially compete at the collegiate level. 

We keep hearing about the new Girls Academy (GA).  What is the difference between DPL and GA?
While DPL is a regional platform, the GA is a national level platform that is the next step up for our highest level of players.  The league games are played primarily in the SE Region of the US with the potential to qualify for the GA Champions league, which is for the top teams in the country.   There will also be several GA Showcase events throughout the year.  This league is a pathway for players into the highest levels of the college game as well as USYNT camps. 

We’ve also heard about the ECNL and ECNL-R, what’s the difference between these leagues and the DPL and GA?
PBG Predators does offer the ECNL platform on the boy’s side but at this time we’ve chosen a different path for our girl’s program.  The GA is a recent start up that was formed after the closure of the US Soccer Development Academy. Many of these former DA clubs joined to form the GA in which they have committed to placing more of an emphasis on collaboration.  So even though the ECNL has a longer history than the GA, we decided that the GA is a competitive platform that aligns well with our commitment for developing a complete player. 

Specifically: 

  1. More freedoms are given to members than what had initially been offered through DA such as allowing players to participate in their high school athletics programs, which had previously been denied; 
  2. The use of unique substitution rules to encourage clubs to better utilize their player pools; 
  3. The formation of the player-led Girls Academy Advisory Board (GAAP), which consists of players who are selected “to engage in strategic initiatives that drive the long-term sustainability of the GA and overall advancement of youth soccer”.  

GA/DPL recognize that clubs are the primary developers of their players and have taken steps to support clubs in their development process by offering a platform for competition for those clubs who share a like-minded focus on long term player development and growth. This clear commitment to collaboration with players and clubs, as well as the clear player development strategies they have instituted, is why we decided that GA/DPL was currently the best pathway forward in allowing our female players to grow to their fullest potential in the game. 

How are these leagues different to what we are currently playing?
As your child continues to develop and grow in the game, the opportunities need to grow as well.  PBG Predators is committed to providing all of our players with an appropriate level of play to meet their abilities and ambitions in the game.  PBG is the only club in Palm  Beach County that offers every level so regardless of where your child is in the youth game, we can offer a program to meet their needs.  

How do I know which is best for my child?
Our professional staff of coaches, who all have a long history in the youth soccer environment, will assess the player’s abilities and discuss their ambitions to find what is the best fit for each individual athlete. Players will be selected and assigned to different teams within our program that best suits their needs. Our staff will continue to provide assessments and feedback as they grow and their needs change. 

What is the schedule for the DPL and GA leagues?
Our GA and DPL teams will participate in a 10-month program year from August through May.  They will primarily play league games in the Fall and Spring with Showcase events typically scheduled for Fall, Winter and Spring.  They also have opportunities to qualify for national events held in June.  Home league games will be played primarily at District Park in PBG with away games against other member clubs throughout Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.  Our DPL/GA teams train 3 & 4 nights a week with additional training opportunities available throughout the year. 

What tournaments will we go to?
Depending on the team selected for, our teams will play in the age-appropriate DPL/GA Showcases scheduled throughout the year.  We also consider other potential events such as Disney Showcase and Jefferson Cup, among others, if we feel they are an appropriate fit for our teams.  Each team will be provided with an event schedule at the beginning of the season to help our families plan accordingly. 

Can my daughter still play for her school team?
Yes, our leagues will typically break for games during the winter which allows our athletes an opportunity to participate for their school teams.  We will continue to offer a training schedule during the winter period so our players can maintain those opportunities with our coaching staff. 

My daughter is currently participating in ODP, is that something she can still do?
Yes, many of our players currently participate in the ODP program in addition to other GA ID sessions that provide additional pathway opportunities into USYNT camps. 

Are the Talent ID training sessions a tryout?  Do we need to attend all of the sessions?
The GA/DPL Talent ID sessions are an opportunity for players from all over South Florida to explore the opportunities provided in our GA/DPL programs.  They are an opportunity for our coaching staff to evaluate the players and invite players into the program.  While we don't make final selections for our team at these ID sessions, players may receive an invitation into the program with final team selections occurring during tryouts in May.

Will there be additional tryouts after the season ends?
We will continue to have additional ID Sessions and formal tryouts in May to complete our rosters for the following program year. 

When will we know if we’ve been selected and how long do we have to make a decision?
Our coaches will begin contacting players with invitations throughout the Spring season.   We ask our parents to look to reply with a decision within 48 hours so other players may have an opportunity if a family declines.  We work off a rolling invitation process and want to ensure we have every opportunity to form teams that meet all of our player’s needs. 

Will we know who the coaches are and which ones will be coaching our daughters?
Our coaching staff for the 2021/22 season is being finalized in the coming weeks.  We typically look to make final staff announcements around May 1st as we will have new staff members that may be joining us from other clubs.  Please visit us online at  

http://www.predatorssoccer.org/competitive/coaching-staff where you can see our current coaching staff and profiles. 

If we have additional questions, who can we contact?
Please email our Girls Director of Coaching, Steve Burgess at steve.predators@gmail.com with additional questions or for more information. 

Club website - More information: www.PredatorsSoccer.org