UNDER-15 GIRLS’ NATIONAL TEAM
Head Coach: Damon Nahas
Major Competition: None
Eligibility: Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1998
Key events: Domestic training camps
2011 International Record: 0-0-0 (Overall Record: 4-1-1)
U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team Sets Base for the FutureThe U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team was instituted in 2004 to help bridge the gap between the annual summer Under-14 Girls’ National Identification Camp (which is no longer held as it has been replaced by several U-14 GNT training camps during the year) and the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team. As the U-17s now have a Women’s World Cup, the importance of the U-15s grows greater, as this age group will have a tangible goal when they enter their first major programming experience with the U.S. Women’s National Teams.
The pool of 35-40 players for the U-15s will be brought to several training camps over the course of the year in order to expose more players of this age to the national team camp environment and experience. The player pool is identified on a year-round basis, through U.S. Soccer Training Centers, club soccer, ODP interregional events and the U.S. U-14 Girls’ National Team camps.
At this time, four training camps/events under the guidance of U-15 GNT head coach Damon Nahas are scheduled for 2013, which will be the 10th year of activity for this age group.
The goal of the U-15s is to bring together talented players and let them play in game situations in order that their skills, reading and runs are expressed through attractive, ball-possession soccer with an emphasis on fun, free-flowing attacking and creative play.
Camps are often scheduled to run concurrent with older YNT camps to give the players an opportunity to watch and play against older players and learn through those experiences.
Players in this year’s group of U-15s are born on or after Jan. 1, 1998, and are age-eligible to compete for spots on the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2014 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica, which has an age cutoff of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1997.