Portland Thorns Academy

Thorns Pre-Academy 2010 Team Training at Providence Park


Thorns Academy Players - Training with

Portland Thorns FC 1st Team

Paige Lacey and Haley Miller


Mission Statement

"The Portland Thorns Academy encompasses a holistic and
goal-driven program to empower female athletes to maximize their potential, build confidence, and create leaders. Our integrated approach is focused on providing a pathway to collegiate, professional, and national team opportunities."

COVID-19 Family Support

We know that some of you have family owned businesses that are being impacted by the COVID-19 shutdowns. Below are our Thorns Family Businesses and what they are doing at this time. We encourage you to support these businesses if you have need of these services:

Kelly McCollum


(215) 380-6767


We've seen a big demand for hands-on science experiments from parents who are now homeschooling their children since schools have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, we're sending out free science experiments weekly to our email list. These experiments can also be accessed on our website blog. We're also donating 10% of profits from all website sales to the Oregon Food Bank to support their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020-2021 Coaching Staff Portland Thorns Academy FC

The Portland Thorns Academy is excited to share the upcoming staff
assignments for the 2020/2021 Season.

2020/2021 Season - Head Coaching Staff

  • Paul Karver U19 (2003/2002) Head Coach
  • Paul Karver U17 (2004) Head Coach
  • Chris Thurley U16 (2005) Head Coach
  • Tracy Nelson U15 (2006) Head Coach
  • Erin Grand U14 (2007) Head Coach
  • Tracy Nelson U13 (2008) Head Coach

Portland Thorns Academy 2020/2021 Season

The Portland Thorns Academy is excited to announce the 2020/2021 Season!

Women's soccer is an integral part of our community, being the home of the Portland Thorns FC, who rank 10th in overall attendance for both mens and womens U.S. Professional soccer and almost double the attendance of any club in the NWSL nationwide. We are a community that supports our home teams.

The Portland Thorns Academy was established in 2017 as an elite training program for girls and young women. Since our inception, we have continued to grow and strengthen our program to provide the best possible development.

Portland Thorns Academy - U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, U19
2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003/2002

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 Portland Thorns Academy will have direct interaction with the Portland Thorns FC, which includes opportunities to observe their trainings, interaction with players, observation by First Team coaching staff, and tickets to Portland Thorns FC home games.

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

The program is designed to provide elite player development for girls in the Pacific Northwest, with an emphasis on the state of Oregon. The Academy Program focuses on positively impacting players to assist in maximizing individual player development. MORE INFORMATION

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

Portland Thorns Pre-Academy - U11 & U12
2010 & 2009

Portland Thorns Pre-Academy has been launched in the 2020/2021 Seasson, as part of our overall program. The Thorns Pre-Academy is for Identified U11 and U12 players, to begin preparing to join the Portland Thorns Academy at U13.
This is a comprehensive year-round program designed to develop and challenge these players.

US National U18 Team Camp


For the latest updates and resources on COVID-19 Return to Play transitions visit our



Donations to the Portland Thorns Academy are welcome and Tax Deductible.
All Donations will be applied to the Financial Assistance Program.


College Commitments

Since the inception of the Portland Thorns Academy
24 Thorns Academy Players have made College Commitments . . .

See our College Commitment Page

U17 National Team


Olivia Moultrie
named to U17 National Team

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Portland Thorns Academy
would like to THANK the following Clubs for providing players for the

2019/2020 Thorns Academy

Academy of Soccer Excellence (ASE)

Bend FC Timbers


Capital FC Timbers

Corvallis Sports Club


Eastside Timbers


Eugene Timbers

FC Portland


Hood River Dynamos

NEU (now United PDX)

Pacific FC


Rogue Valley Timbers

San Juan

So Cal Blues


United PDX

Valley Revolution 00G (Alaska)

Washington Timbers

Wasilla Youth Soccer Association

Westside Timbers Soccer Club

Willamette United