Our Journey. Our Voice.

The Advisory Panel is a player-led board that affords us, the players, the opportunity to represent the collective voice within the Girls Academy. We have the privilege of engaging in strategic initiatives throughout the year that support the long-term growth of the league while developing leadership skills applicable long after our playing days.

What does the Advisory Panel represent? It’s about connection, opportunity, and ownership. Early on in the Girls Academy’s structuring, we made it known that connection between players within the league is of the utmost importance. Yes, we compete on the field, but off the field, it’s imperative we work together to increase opportunities for female leadership from the classroom to the workplace to our local communities.

From charity drives and fundraising to event plus-ups and league branding, the Advisory Panel is actively working to make the Girls Academy the best platform for on and off-field development. No matter what we take on in the future, reps in leadership roles help us use sport as a vehicle for the change we want to see.

Traditionally, youth sports are designed and operated by adults who aren’t actively playing in the leagues they oversee. While there’s nothing wrong with this, more often than not, players have no say in rules, decisions, and regulations that affect them. Not in the Girls Academy.

Forming connections

Some of the most beautiful moments during the first year of the Advisory Panel came when we worked together on various projects over video chats before finally being able to meet each other in person for the first time. The connection is very much alive and well as a result of the Advisory Panel.

Seizing opportunity

We realize this is not only about using our voice to initiate change. The Advisory Panel provides us the platform and resources to brainstorm and act upon our ideas.

Taking Ownership

This is a unique opportunity and we don’t take for granted our ability to help reshape the youth sports landscape narrative and what youth leadership can bring to fruition.

Meet the Advisory Panel

So, how does the Advisory Panel work? With over 80 clubs in Girls Academy across six different age groups, there are a lot of players who make up the collective voice. This makes it all the more important there’s a structure in place to effectively capture the opinions of everyone.

The Advisory Panel consists of 1,045 total players. Each club has six (6) team representatives, one for each age group, who report to two (2) club representatives. From there, the two club representatives report to conference representatives, of which there 16 – two for each conference. To carry the voice of the players to the Girls Academy Commissioner, one ambassador reports directly to the commissioner.

Meet the Ambassador to the Commissioner, as well as the Conference Reps below!

Ambassador to
the Commisioner

“The Advisory Panel separates the Girls Academy from any other league in the country. Players are able to advocate for themselves on what exactly they would like to see implemented or changed and panel members work directly with league administration to impact social media campaigns, showcase event improvements, and even nationwide charity initiatives. The Advisory Panel is a crucial way the league shows how active and willing they are to truly engage the players’ voice.”

– Elise Evans | Northwest Conference | FC Bay Area-Surf

Conference Representatives

NATALIE HAMPTON

FRONTIER
RISE SC

ASSA KANTE

FRONTIER
Kansas Rush

EVA BLATZ

MID-AMERICA
Century

KYRA KARFONTA

MID-AMERICA
Michigan Jaguars FC

JENNA ABOUSAAB

MID-ATLANTIC
PA Classics

ANA SADLER

MID-ATLANTIC
Metro United

MILAN CORDONE

MOUNTAIN WEST
Las Vegas Albion

ROWAN LEVANDOSKI

MOUNTAIN WEST
Albuquerque United Thorns

ALISSSA EISENHART

NORTHEAST
STA

MADISON O'SULLIVAN

NORTHEAST
Long Island Soccer Club

JUSTINE GARCIA

NORTHWEST
FC Bay Area-Surf

SHEA MULQUEENEY

NORTHWEST
ISC Gunners

BRIDGET JOHNSON

SOUTHEAST
West Florida Flames

GENESIS LARA

SOUTHEAST
Wake FC

RACHEL HANDY

SOUTHWEST
San Diego Soccer Club-Surf

LILY O'GRADY

SOUTHWEST
City SC San Diego