FC Cincinnati is the official jersey sponsor of the Cincinnati Development Academy. The Girls’ Development Academy was created by the U.S. Soccer federation to accelerate the development of world-class female players and includes the most elite talent in the country.
“We are committed to growing the game of soccer in our region,” FCC President and General Manager Jeff Berding said. “There are a number of talented players from the Greater Cincinnati area, including U.S. National Team standouts Heather Mitts and Rose Lavelle, who are role models for our youth. As U.S. Soccer continues to set the global standard in the women’s game, we strongly believe our club has a responsibility to contribute to the development of the next generation of players in our region.”
"We are excited to be working with FC Cincinnati and have them support youth soccer in this region," said CDA Academy Director Phil Nielsen. "The Girl’s DA is a great opportunity for our players to play in the top girls’ league in the country while helping them prepare to play in college, professionally, and for our youth/full national teams. FC Cincinnati's commitment brings great value to our organization and to girls’ soccer in the region."
With the announcement of the Academy structure, U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis commented on the initiative, "We all know how important it is to create the correct environment and expectations for elite player development, something that was highlighted for me during my time as Development Director for our youth Women’s National Teams,” said Ellis. “The Development Academy is an important step forward to continue the growth of the women’s game in the United States, and to create the best pathway for players to reach their full potential.”