Mission Statement

Mission Statement

"The Portland Thorns Academy mission encompasses a holistic and goal-driven approach to empowering female athletes to maximize their potential, by delivering an elite program that builds confidence, creates leaders, and develops a pathway to collegiate, professional, and national team opportunities."

Academy Overview

Academy Overview

The Portland Thorns Academy FC is an elite training program for girls and young women.

The Head Coaching Staff for the Portland Thorns Academy are all A or B licensed coaches.

The difference between the Portland Thorns Academy and other programs is our holistic approach to player development and integration of attributes of the Portland Thorns FC to the training of these young athletes. The Thorns Academy will have direct interaction with the Portland Thorns FC, which includes opportunities to observe their training, interaction with players, observation by First Team coaching staff, and tickets to Portland Thorns FC home games.

Integrated into player development will be nutrition, sports psychology, strength conditioning, speed and agility, overall fitness, and increased training.

The goal for all Portland Thorns Academy and Pre-Academy youth players is to reach their peak performance as elite, well rounded athletes. The focus will be on giving players the opportunity to earn collegiate scholarship offers, national team invites, and the chance to be drafted into the NWSL. In the 2019/2020 season alone, three Portland Thorns Academy players received invitations to National Camps.

Portland Thorns Academy Program

Portland Thorns Academy Program

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Portland Thorns Academy Program Fee Includes

Coaching Staff

  • Head Coaches are A or B License
  • Assistant Coach minimum of C License

Services & Support

  • Sports Psychology Sessions - Staying Mentally Tough
  • Strength, Conditioning, and Injury Prevention Program
  • Sports Nutrition Planning
  • College Resource and Preparation Program
  • Social Media Training
  • Professional video taping of all League and Showcase matches
  • Athletic Trainer at all Games
  • Video analysis access via Hudl - extended version for creating personal highlight videos
  • Game film and video review sessions
  • Individual development plans
  • Game day trainer
  • Providence Play Safe Injury Management enrollment
  • TeamSnap Premium Access
  • Coaching Staff will promote players to National Camp Scouts
  • Coaching Staff will promote players to College Scouts

Portland Thorns FC - First Team - OPPORTUNITIES

  • Training in Stadium
  • Tickets to Thorns FC home games for players
  • Game day analysis with coach for Thorns FC game
  • Thorns Academy recognition/introduction at Thorns FC home game
  • Opportunities to observe First Team training
  • First Team coaching staff observing Academy training


  • Training two times a week (June - July)
  • Training three times a week (August - June)
  • Futsal training