About the Team:
2012 WPSL Eastern Conference South Champions –
ACF Torino USA was formed as a direct result of the success of the Maryland Capitols FC, after winning the WPSL Eastern - South Division in the first season of existence it was decided to form a brand identity affiliation with a leading professional women's team in Europe, after much discussion and based on the relationship of the team owner who originates from Italy and the interest shown by ACF Torino who play in the Serie A femminile League, it was decided to form a complete partnership and affiliation with Torino and change the team name from Maryland Capitols FC to ACF Torino USA.
In addition to the re branding we will also replicate the Torino European Centre of Excellence infrastructure model, offering a complete cradle to grave development program and be able to offer a premier level of soccer when players embark on their college and post college careers.
Designed to provide a "Cradle to Grave" scenario where players are educated culturally and from a soccer perspective where the emphasis is on development as a player and as person.
We aim to educate both players and parents to understand that the goal is to prepare for possible college education whether that involves soccer or not.
To help provide the highest level of soccer training and development in the country by using the best female soccer trainers with relevant experience and qualifications.
To give the local community opportunities to be involved in numerous initiatives that will help combat several economic and social issues and help create awareness and focus on providing solutions to real issues.
About the Coaching:
Fabio Diletti, a native Italian from Ascoli Piceno in Central Italy, is a professional trainer and talent scout who played goalkeeper for Italian professional club Ascoli Calcio – founded in 1898. He has been coaching and training American players in the United States and Italy for over 20 years.
Fabio is also the President and Founder of AC Cugini Scuola Calcio (www.cuginisoccer.com), the only official Italian scuola calcio(soccer academy) in the United States sanctioned by Italian National Olympic Committee (Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano -CONI) and the Italian Soccer Federation (Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio – FIGC). He receives training twice a year in Italy through CONI and FIGC coach training programs. In 2004, CONI awarded Fabio special recognition for the international programming he developed through AC Cugini. And in In 2013, CONI appointed Fabio as an international representative of the newly created CONI Servizi division responsible for brining American and Canadian youth athletes to train and stay at the Italian Olympic Athletes Training Center in Rome.
In 2012, Italian professional club RES Roma Calcio Femminile (www.romafemminile.it ), the women’s side of powerhouse AS Roma, approached Fabio to develop an all girls soccer academy in the United States and serve as its Technical Director. In 2013, AC Cugini launched RES Roma USA, the first youth organization in America to be affiliated with a professional Italian women’s soccer club. The objective of the all girls academy is to strengthen female player development to prepare athletes for high school play, college level play, or play at the professional level in the United States or Italy. RES Roma USA members ages 17 and older have the opportunity to live and play professional soccer in Italy and, if they choose, also attend the University of Roma, at ½ the cost of U.S. colleges and universities. All players receive guidance on retaining U.S. college/university athletic scholarship status.
In addition, Fabio previously served as the Head Coach for the Langley High School JV Girls Soccer team in McLean, VA (with an undefeated 2013 season) and Head Coach for South Lakes High School JV Girls Soccer, in Reston, VA, where he led the team to their most winning season in 10 years.
Type of Players:
ACF Torino USA will boast not just some of the best international female soccer players from around the world but also some of the best college players from the local area and the whole country.
ACF Torino USA is obviously a mainstream outlet for us to help some of our premier female athletes and in saying that we have already secured some well known international and previous US national players to our roster for the 2013 season.
We will certainly hope to boast one of the best squads not just in the whole league but the whole country.
ACF Torino USA will also have a Reserve Development Team that will help with players to gain much needed experience at a very competitive level in preparation for WPSL competition exposure.
Some of the colleges that will provide players for ACF Torino for 2013 –
University of Maryland, Loyola, Johns Hopkins, Montgomery Community College, Prince Georges Community College, Bowie State. American University, University of George Washington, UVA, LSU, Campbell, Wilmington, Martin Methodist College
Tryouts for ACF Torino USA are held on an invitational basis only –
We are currently looking for additional developmental soccer players for our spring and summer program.
Any player aged 16 - 18 looking to join a competitive soccer organization for a high level soccer experience should contact the Operations Manager - Kirsten Pelton at firstname.lastname@example.org