Our holistic approach to player development and the integration of the Portland Thorns FC is the driving force of our program. The Thorns Academy has direct interaction with the Portland Thorns FC, which includes opportunities to observe first team training, interaction with players, observation and training sessions by first team coaching staff, and tickets to Portland Thorns FC home games.
Integrated into player development is education and implementation in sports nutrition, sports psychology, strength and conditioning, fitness and recovery, and leadership skills.
We pride ourselves on having an elite coaching staff and all of our Head Coaches in the Academy hold a USSF “C” license or higher.
Our goal is for players to reach their peak performance as elite, well-rounded athletes. Our focus will be on giving players the opportunity to earn collegiate scholarships, National Team invites, and developing players to be drafted into the NWSL.
Portland Thorns Academy Program
As an Academy program, we pride ourselves in having one of the highest qualified coaching staffs in the Northwest!
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Portland Thorns FC - First Team - OPPORTUNITIES
The Thorns Academy will play in the ECNL starting with the 2020/2021 Season.
Teams will play up to 20 games against other teams in the Northwest Conference.
In addition to League Games, teams will participate in select ECNL National Events, based on their age group. The National Events will draw college and national team coaches/scouts, increasing the the opportunities for players to be identified for National Camps as well as College Scholarship offers.