Kansas City Shock, the women’s premier soccer team, will host a girls’ high school soccer academy.
The academy team will train during February and April and will have an eight-game schedule against surrounding NAIA and NCAA schools. The goal of the academy is to provide experience and exposure for high-school-aged players by pairing them will post-collegiate athletes and giving them the chance to take on full college teams.
The Shock will hold tryouts this fall for the academy squad. High school age players as well as those players out of college are invited to attend.
“We are not looking to take players who want to play high school soccer,” Kansas City Shock head coach Wendy Louque said. “We are looking for those high-level players that for whatever reason do not want to play for the high school they attend but also don't want to sit out in the spring.”
“The addition of a Shock Academy team will not only allow current Shock players the opportunity to prepare for the WPSL season, but also act as a feeder program for the WPSL team.” Louque continued.
Tryout details and schedule will be announced soon. Interested players should fill out the form under “Info” and “Players” on the Kansas City Shock website or email Louque directly at email@example.com.
“I’m a strong proponent of high school soccer,” Louque said. “However I know that there are quality players that are choosing not to play or don’t have that opportunity.”
Playing for the academy will come with fees, though sponsorships are still in the process of being procured to ease the financial burden on the players.
“I love the concept of the academy,” Shock CEO Shawn Daugherty said. “It's a unique take on a common concept, but definitely with the image of community in mind. I hope that in the future more programs will find ways to promote competitive, academy based soccer without the occasional negative perception by some.”