CHICAGO (Aug. 3, 2017) - The U.S. Soccer Girls' Fantasy Camp has kicked off at the National Training Center at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
The 26-player camp, which runs from Aug. 1-4, brings together girls of all skill levels from across the United States at this special four-day event and fundraiser around the USA vs. Japan match at the Tournament of Nations on Aug. 3.
The Fantasy Camp players will have daily training sessions at the NTC, accommodations and meals together at their official team hotel, customized U.S. Soccer apparel and training gear, VIP access to a U.S. WNT training and behind-the-scenes access on game day.
U.S. Soccer is pleased to announce Camp Director and former Women’s National Team player Lori Lindsey and Camp Assistant Coach Rachael Rapinoe will lead the camp.
Lindsey counts 31 caps for the U.S. WNT during her 13-year international career. She represented the United States at the 2011 Women's World Cup and the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In 2010, she notched seven assists as central midfielder to lead the team.
Lindsey is one of only four players to have played in all three U.S. professional women’s soccer leagues, including the current National Women’s Soccer League, and was a two-time All-American at the University of Virginia. Today, she is the official strength & conditioning coach of the Washington Spirit Development Academy and manages her own high-performance company, Lori Lindsey Performance. Learn more about Lori or follow her on twitter and Facebook.
Rapinoe joins Lindsey at the helm as Assistant Coach. Rapinoe represented the United States as a U-23 WNT player in 2006, and played abroad in Iceland for Stjarnan Women. Currently the leader of Rapinoe SC, Rachel and her twin sister, current WNT player Megan Rapinoe, played together at the University of Portland. Learn more about Rachel or follow her on social media @rrapinoe and @therapinoebrand.
The Fantasy Camp program is a special fundraiser that supports the U.S. Soccer Development Fund. Proceeds from this camp will primarily benefit scholarships for players in the new U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy, which launches this fall with sixty-nine clubs and more than 6,000 players. U.S. Soccer is committed to providing need-based scholarships to talented young players in the new Girls’ Academy to reduce the pay-to-play model.
In addition to providing a tremendous player-fan experience for participants, Fantasy Camps registration donations help provide much-needed resources to fund the scholarship program. Since the program began in 2015, Fantasy Camps have provided more than $215,000 for the Development Fund and scholarships for young players.