UNDER-16 GIRLS’ NATIONAL TEAM
Head Coach: Kacey White
Major Competition: None
Eligibility: Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2000
Key events: Domestic training camps
U.S. Under-16 Girls’ National Team Starts Anew in 2015
The U.S. Under-16 Girl’s National Team was re-instituted in 2015. Prior to this year, the last time U.S. Soccer had programming at the U-16 level was 2007, but when FIFA instituted a world championship at the U-17 level for 2008, and the U-16 age group was absorbed into the U-17s. This year, as part of an overall commitment to player development, new programs at the U-16 and U-19 level were started back up and U.S. Soccer now has a total of eight Youth National Teams for both its men's and women's programs: U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19, U-20 and U-23.
These additions create two separate programming tracks for even-birth-year players and odd-birth-year players, allowing for a more consistent approach toward development and additional opportunities for players to participate in national team events and matches.
U.S. Soccer will continue to provide quality training environments and training sessions for young players and will aggressively be expanding these efforts with its Training Center program, of which the U-16 GNT will be a major benefactor.
As the U-17s have had Women’s World Cup since 2008, the importance of the newly instituted U-16s, and U-15s, is greater, as this age group will have a tangible goal to play in a Women’s World Cup.
The pool for the U-16s 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 and U-16 players may be brought into U-17 training camps and events during the year. The player pool is identified on a year-round basis, through U.S. Soccer Training Centers, club soccer, ODP interregional events and the younger girls’ national team camps.
In 2015, the U-16s will have five training camps. Camps are often scheduled to run concurrent with other YNT camps to give players an opportunity to watch and train
Players in this year’s group of U-16s are born on or after Jan. 1, 2000.