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Sean Nahas Named Girls Academy Director

Sean Nahas Named Director of NC Courage Academy

Cary, NC (April 6, 2017) - The North Carolina Football Club is excited to announce the launch of the NC Courage Girls U.S. Soccer Development Academy (DA). This is an important addition to the largest youth-to-professional club in the country. It will create a clear path for the identification and development of young female players and facilitate the development of homegrown professional players for the North Carolina Courage pro team. Beginning July 1, veteran youth coach Sean Nahas will direct the Girls’ DA teams as they prepare to take the field this fall wearing the same crest and colors as the NWSL team.

The Girls’ DA will maximize player development with a 10-month training program, professionalized coaching, and the opportunity for youth players to train with the pro team. NC Courage Academy is one of 69 clubs that will be competing in the inaugural Girls’ DA season this fall. Player trials are currently underway to field U-14, U-15, U-16/17, and U-18/19 teams, which will compete in the southeast division featuring teams including IMG Academy, Charlotte Soccer Academy, Boca United FC, Concorde Fire, and NTH Tophat among others.

Nahas is no stranger to U.S. Soccer. Currently, he serves as an assistant coach with the U-20 U.S. Women’s National Team – a team that that won the U20 Women’s CONCACAF Championship (2015) and was a semi-finalist at the 2016 U20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea. He was also a staff coach for the U-14 U.S. Youth National Team (2011-2013) and served as a U.S. National Team youth scout during that same time. Nahas knows the ins and outs of the U.S. Soccer development model, player pathways, and the expertise to create the best training environment for NC Courage Girls’ DA players.

“Sean is a very successful coach and has proven himself in every position he has held,” said North Carolina Football Club President and GM Curt Johnson. “His experience with the U.S. National Teams, paired with his knowledge of the Triangle area and North Carolina youth soccer, is an added benefit to our goal of developing young female players in our community. The NC Courage DA teams will be able to identify and develop top local talent for years to come. In addition, we look forward to collaborating with NWSL to develop the league’s first homegrown player rules.”

In addition to his U.S. Soccer coaching responsibilities, he has dedicated the past 13 years developing players across all ages and levels of play at the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL). He helped more than 20 CASL female players make their way to U.S. youth and full national teams and more than 100 players sign on to play in college. In addition, he developed a club wide curriculum and player development pathway for players ages 8-19.

“I am very excited about this new opportunity for the growth of the female game in our area and across the country,” said Nahas. “I am honored to have been asked to oversee the Girls’ Development Academy and continue the development pathway for female players in our area.”

North Carolina Courage Academy


North Carolina Courage Girls Development Academy (GDA) is the highest level of soccer for youth female soccer players. The GDA Program connects USSoccer National Team coaches directly with GDA teams to help identify and develop future Youth National Team (YNT) players and coaches. NC Courage Girls Development Academy players begin their season in August and conclude in July.    


ID Sessions & Trials

All interested players must attend an ID Session in order to receive an invite to the GDA Trials (try-outs). Trials will be held in March and are invite-only.

ID Sessions



Girls born in 2004-1999 are eligible for the GDA.


GDA teams play 10 months out of the year, and players must participate the whole year.

Training & Game Schedule (tentative)

March 2017  Trials for 2-17-2018 season  Feb.- June 3Spring divisional games start  
August 4x/week trainings start April GDA Spring Showcase 
Sept.-Nov. Fall divisional games start (10-15 games) June Playoffs/Showcase 
Dec. 7-11 GDA Winter Showcase July National Finals 


Location and Fields

Teams will tentatively train primarily at WRAL Soccer Park and Thomas Brooks Park. Currently all home games will be played at WRAL Soccer Park.

NC Courage GDA is a part of the Southeast GDA Academy Region and will play divisional games against: 
Boca United FC
Charlotte Soccer Academy
Concorde Fire
IMG Academy
NTH Tophat
Orlando Pride
United Futbol Academy
United Soccer Alliance
West Florida Flames
Weston FC

Club Fee

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Each GDA team will have a head, assistant, goalkeeper and performance coach. 

GDA Coaching Staff


GDA teams will participate in US Soccer GDA sanctioned events and other approved USSF domestic or international events. 

Outside Competition

GDA players are not permitted to participated in middle or high school soccer, Olympic Development Program (ODP) or other non-GDA program training/identification programs.

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US Youth National Teams

The GDA Program connects US Soccer National Team coaches directly with GDA teams to help identify and develop future Youth National Team (YNT) players and coaches. Each GDA will be evaluated by a member of the US Soccer Scouting Network on a yearly basis. GDAs will receive two formal reviews that provide feedback in eight key performance categories as set forth by US Soccer Technical Staff.

Contact Us

Questions? Please contact NC Courage GDA Director Sean Nahas at [email protected]

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