Academy Overview

The Portland Thorns Academy is an elite training program for girls and young women U13—U19. 


Our holistic approach to player development and the integration of the Portland Thorns FC is the driving force of our program. The Thorns Academy has direct interaction with the Portland Thorns FC, which includes opportunities to observe first team training, interaction with players, observation and training sessions by first team coaching staff, and tickets to Portland Thorns FC home games.

Integrated into player development is education and implementation in sports nutrition, sports psychology, strength and conditioning, fitness and recovery, and leadership skills.

Our goal is for players to reach their peak performance as elite, well-rounded athletes. Our focus will be on giving players the opportunity to earn collegiate scholarships, National Team invites, and developing players to be drafted into the NWSL.


The Program

The Program

Portland Thorns Academy Program

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
  • Video taping of all League and National Event matches
  • Athletic Trainer at all Games
  • Video analysis access  
  • Game film and video review sessions
  • Individual development plans and evaluations
  • 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 at Providence Park (home of the Portland Thorns and Portland Timbers professional teams)
  • Monthly opportunities to interact with Thorns FC players and coaching staff
  • Tickets to Thorns FC home games for players (when team is playing)
  • Game day analysis with coach for Thorns FC games
  • Thorns Academy recognition/introduction at Thorns FC home game
  • Opportunities to observe First Team training
  • First Team coaching staff will observe and run training sessions


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

The League - 2021-2022 Season

Elite Clubs National League - ECNL

The Thorns Academy will play its second season in the ECNL

Teams will play up to 20 games against other teams in the Northwest Conference.   

In addition to League Games, teams will participate in select ECNL National Events, based on their age group. The National Events will draw college and national team coaches/scouts, increasing the the opportunities for players to be identified for National Camps as well as College Scholarship offers.

2021/2022 Player Costs

Player Costs






2021/2022 Season
2022/2023 Season


Academy Players

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