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:
David Jones -
David Jones is the Director and CEO of ACF Torino USA
Having begun his playing career in the youth system at Manchester United, David's career then took him all over the world, He was one of the youngest professional players to perform in the Hong Kong 1st division at the age of 16 and upon his return to the UK had spells at clubs such as Stockport County and Chester City.
In 1991, David had the chance to go to play for Tenerife and play in the Spanish B League and played against the Reserve teams of many big clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona.
In 1992 He was asked to return to Hong Kong and play for Kitchee FC and helped the club finish 4thand reach the semi finals of the Hong Kong FA Cup competition.
His return to England saw him offered the chance to get into the coaching side of the game and Chester City FC allowed him the opportunity of coaching the youth team under Mike Pejic and Kevin Ratcliffe.
Having obtained his UEFA A License coaching qualifications over the next couple of years, David gained valuable experience and because of that became the youngest player / manager in the history of VS Rugby at the age of 26.
Several coaching opportunities came and went until in 2000, David had the chance of a lifetime to continue playing and was offered the chance to come to the USA.
Unfortunately in only his third game he tore his ACL and moved to South Jersey where he helped the hugely successful USL South Jersey Barons with their Women's W League franchise and Super Y league Academies.
In 2002, David started and developed Soccer Elite Training, which in the space of only three years became one of the largest soccer training organizations in the Tri State area.
The Philadelphia Pirates was the first WPSL franchise obtained by David and his continued vision of providing the highest level of Women's soccer is now in the DC / Maryland area with the purchase of The Maryland Capitols FC WPSL franchise that began in the 2012 season and now evolved into ACF Torino USA
David has coached at ODP State level in New Jersey and was the Academy U16 coach at SV Wehen (German Bundesliga 2) and the Europe ODP Girls Head Coach for U17 age group
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