Woodhaven Soccer and USSF Developmental Club Blau Weiss Gottschee to Collaborate on Player Development

Blau Weiss Gottschee, a charter member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, will now be collaborating with Woodhaven Soccer Club in an initiative that enables both clubs to further develop Queens based players into high quality soccer talent and bring them to the attention of national team scouts and beyond.

In the four years since Queens based BW Gottschee became one of the first eleven teams invited to join the Development Academy, the club continues to have an outsized impact on the soccer scene, building on its over sixty year history of producing players that compete at the highest level of U.S. Youth Soccer. Now with an opportunity to work with Woodhaven Soccer Club and its broad based community program, greater opportunities are on the horizon. “By integrating the player pools of these two clubs, you increase their chances for exposure by better enabling the club to compete nationally”  according to Ben Boehm, BW Gottschee NYC’s Youth Coordinator. 

Woodhaven Soccer Club, founded in 1989, has been committed to providing youth soccer to the community for over three decades.  Designed as a healthy community activity for the area youth, it has successfully fostered an environment where children have benefited from training under good, solid leadership. “This partnership will give our players a chance to compete with the best players in Queens on the highest level. Player Development is key in youth soccer and all clubs should share the same goals” said Anthony DiCocco, Woodhaven Club President.

The clubs will be able to assist each other in training and ensure that players in need of and eligible for scholarship assistance are helped. There will be two locations in Queens for the two programs (ages 6-18). As a result, the expanded player pool will feed into the Pre-academy US Club Soccer Academy teams and ultimately into the elite teams in the U-15/16 and U-17/18 US Soccer Development Academy.

This initiative will be led by BW Gottschee Youth Coordinator Ben Boehm and Woodhaven President Anthony DiCocco.

For further information on the clubs visit: www.woodhavensoccerclub.com


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