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The US Development Academy League is the most elite, most competitive & most prestigious league in the country. With the league beginning in Fall 2017, the scouting and trials have already commenced. PSV Union FC has been selected as a US Development Academy club to be a beacon and leader in our local market/communities and will compete with the best clubs on the west coast of the USA and nationwide. Only Academy clubs are permitted to compete in the league and showcase events which will be more prominent and of higher quality and better scouted by National team and college coaches than the current showcase events in existence.  Playing for an Academy means players are being watched closely not only by our PSV coaching staff but national team scouts, international scouts and of course extensively by college coaches. 

The objective of the Academy is for the US Soccer Federation to track players for US national teams and at the very least a recruiting league for college coaches, while the objective for PSV is able to provide a national team pathway for member of national teams and offer a more robust college recruiting pathway and opportunities for our member players. PSV Union FC Academy players will become, with other Academy members, among the most sought after players in the country with 90% of all National team players playing for Development Academy clubs. We expect every PSV player to play some form of college soccer. 

Our goal at PSV is to identify and develop the best and most dedicated and passionate players in the Bay Area ages 7-19, placing a premium focus on the technical development, higher practice-game ratio and more meaningful games and travel.  Our focus is on individual player development and not match scores. National team coaches and College coaches arent interested in game results. Instead they look at player development results. PSV has a play up-train up model with practices and games being scouted year round. 

All college coaches and national team coaches have eyes on PSV and will be tracking players in the academy clubs more closely than ever before. 89% national team players are Academy products. (fyi PSV was the highest performing club in the USA for producing national team players). The best players will migrate to the likes of PSV as it attracts players wanting to receive the highest caliber training and competition. For tryout and training opportunities, contact Gary Ireland


Formed in 2003, PSV Union originally derived from World Soccer owned and operated by PSV Union co-founder & Coaching Director Gary Ireland and co-founder Simon Ireland. The coaching staff have beven coaching, training and developing players to Professional, National Team and College Soccer n the SF Bay Area since 1990 (see list of players below). 

Carine Ireland also coached with World Soccer prior to co-founding PSV Union FC.  PSV Union have hired some of the best coaches in the world and the country, regularly hosting National Team coaches, Professional and College Coaches. PSV Teams and players have competed domestically in some of the nations top tournaments and traveled overseas to compete vs international competition.  PSV players have competed professionally and in FIFA World Cups and FIFA youth World Cups. 

When forming PSV we knew that the culture of the game needed to be changed and 'upgraded. The solution?

  • Improved practice to game ratio (i.e more practices and less games-more meaningful games). Min 4 practices p/w plus homework/self training. 
  • Improved long term technical & tactical sophistication and competencies; create a collaborative coaching model; develop rather than recruit
  • Created one of the nations first Academy clubs providing a central management model (i.e teams managed by club)
  • Stop players trying out and have them in for a trial period. Rolling admission. We want to see how players practice and if they are receptive to learning and show improvement. 
  • Coaches coach only for the club and not outside the club
  • Focus on players and team development within the framework of the club;
  • Play & train players up as well as together and have players develop with older and younger players around them
  • Players/teams train at same location
  • Financial Support. Every player has chance to play-cost of participation is not prohibitive-PSV has never turned a player down due to cost.
  • Less meaningless travel and more purposeful travel (i.e not any old tournament to increase 'rankings')
  • Provide parent & player  information events on the following subject nutrition; development; physical training/strength/coordination conditioning trainers and technical trainers.  Provide coach, players, parent behavior and advice/guidelines. 
  • Introduce periodization of training and micro/macro plan including regeneration, variety of playing dimensions (e.g outdoor small sided/futsal/1 v 1 etc) 

It has taken some time but it has worked! See below the list of graduates and success stories! The Ireland's and PSV coaching staff not only coached and trained many of the players listed below on a daily basis but were instrumental in helping them with the college recruiting process and helping them gain exposure to National teams, spending extensive time with the players and families as well as college coaches refining the search and mentoring the players through the entire process. Click here to read about PSV success in California with USA WNT in 2016. Learn about the Girls Development Academies HERE 


* 4 World Cup & Olympic Players

* 15 National Youth Team Players

* 12 US Soccer Training Center Players

* 55+ NCAA D1 & D3 Players

* 23 Regional ODP/PDP Players

* 5 National Id2 Camp

* 35 California State PDP/ODP Players

* 500+ High School Varsity Players



USA (WNT, U19, U18, U17, U`15, U14), Mexico (U17, U20 & Full Womens National Team), Greece, Israel, Canada,


Sparta Prague, Liverpool FC, LA Sol, Carolina, Bay Area Breeze (WPSL), PSV Union FC (WPSL), Canberra Utd (Australia), Seattle Sounders, St Louis Athletica, Starjan (Iceland), Western NY, KIF Orebro (Sweden), Washington Spirit, Lyon, Chelsea


LA Sol, PSV Union FC (WPSL), Orlando Pride, Liverpool FC Academy, USA MNT(U15, 16, 17), Australia WNT, Canada WNT asst, UNC, Bucknell, Sac State, UCSB. UW and many others, Liverpool FC ladies, 


Orlando Pride (2016). 

COLLEGES: (click here for extended list of PSV players in college

Duke, Chicago, Bowdoin, Dartmouth,  Emory, USF, Cal Poly, St Mary's, Santa Cruz, Duke, Washington, Colorado College, North Carolina, Cal, Fresno State, Portland, Denver,   UC Davis, Santa Clara, Stanford, Boston College, Princeton, UCLA, Riverside, Rochester, USC, Santa Barbara,  UCSD, William & Mary, Yale, Michigan, Williams

Click links below to see PSV player Olivia Athens/UCLA Womens Soccer

PSV Union GM & Director/Founder Carine Ireland with PSV Unions Amanda Shorin (USA WNT U14 camp in 2015). Amanda was with PSV for 7 years

PSV Union player Olivia Athens vs England in 2016 for USA U18 WNT in La Manga, Spain. Olivia will represent USA again vs England in July 2016. Olivia will play for UCLA in 2017

PSV future DOC John Owens & wife Laura with Steve Gerrard at Gerrards Liverpool FC Testimonial Dinner. John coached Steven for many years in his role as Academy Manager at LFC. John has been coaching at PSV since 2004

120 caps for USA WNT. World Cup Champion & played in 3 Olympic games. USA U20 as a 16 y.o. Parade Alll-American. 3 x NCAA Champion UNC. Pro. career with Philadelphia, Lyon & Chelsea. US State Dept/US Soccer Sport Envoy. Coached PSV players

Jacey Pederson played for USA U15, 17, 18 19's. Jacey is headed for UCLA this fall after 8 years with PSV Union coached by Gary & Carine Ireland

7 year PSV Union FC player Annie Kingman scores for UNC against NCAA Champions Florida State. Annie played several games for the USA U18 WNT

7 year PSV Union FC player Annie Kingman scores for UNC against NCAA Champions Florida State. Annie Played for USA U18 WNT in Spain

Current Orlando Pride coach Tom Sermanni coached at PSV for 1 year. He coached Australia & USA WNT & Asst. National team coach of Canada at '15 FIFA World Cup. Tom is an advisor to PSV Union FC.


Amanda Shorin 1997 8 YRS USA U14 WNT Camp
Dana Schwartz 1994 4 YRS ISRAEL U19 UEFA U19 Championships
Zoe Pacalin 1996 4 YRS USA U18 WNT
Annie Kingman 1996 6.5 YRS USA U15 & U18 CAMP & USA NATIONAL TEAM
Jacey Pederson 1997 8.5 YRS USA U15 & U17 & U19 WNT
Olivia Athens 1998 3 YRS USA U18 WNT & USA U17 WNT
Veronica Perez 1988 4 YRS MEXICO WNT & USA U23 scored the winning goal for Mexico in the CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying game against the United States. Played in 2 World Cups & has captained Mexico
Lorrie Fair 5 YRS USA WNT (120 Caps) & U20 WNT. coached by Gary Ireland (also guest coached at PSV) Gary Ireland Trained Small Groups & Team Training. Camp coach. Former PSV staff coach. 3 NCAA Championships. World Cup & Olympics. 120 caps for USA
Ronnie Fair 4 yrs USA WNT (3 Caps)
Regina Holan 5 YRS GREECE NATIONAL TEAM. 28 goals/58 games in college. All-America Honorable Mention. Soccer America All-Freshman team. NCAA All-Tournament team.2 goals For Portland in SF match against top-ranked Notre Dame. Scored 4 of Portland's 7 postseason goals in four NCAA games. Parade All-America, Soccer America Super 11 Recruit Region IV. U17 Umbro All-American. USYSA National U16 Club Champions trained by Gary & Simon Ireland. Played for Greece National Team & Sparta Prague pro.
Martina Holan 3 CANADA NATIONAL TEAM (55 Caps). Professional WPS Champion with LA Sol; Vancouver Whitecaps
Brooke OHanley 7 YRS USA U19: Gary Ireland coached & trained since 10 years of age through to 17 yeaars old. Pro Carolina Courage of the WUSA, winning the National Championship in 2002. 3 College Cups with Portland USA U-19 WNT. Asst Mens coach UCSB. National Youth Champion CV Mercury
Jen Medina 4 yrs USA U16 & U17: Gary Ireland Trained Small Groups & Team Training. USA U-16/17 National Team. USA U-16/17 National Team. California 1997-2000 played and coach. Bucknell women's soccer assistant coach MVP 1994 national youth championship. USA U16 & U17 United States National Teams. USA Futsal 2000-04

PSV coach Carine Ireland (2nd row, 2nd from left) played for Liverpool FC Ladies team, scoring 2 game winning goals vs Wolves

Current advisor & former PSV player & coach Regina Holan is a former USA U20 & Greece WNT player & Cal standout & Parade All American. Played in Czech Republic at Sparta Prague. NCAA Final 4 All Tournament. One of best strikers in college game.

Early morning training in Palo Alto, California. PSV Union Girls DOC Carine Ireland preparing PSV Union FC 95G players Annie Kingman prior to her USA U18 Tryouts in Florida along with former PSV Union player & current PSV Union staff coach Veronica Perez, also preparing for her Mexico Women's National team camp after returning from a pro season with Western New York Flash

PSV coaches Gary & Carine Ireland with Liverpool FC U16 coach after PSV played two games vs U15 & U16 teams

Current Doublepass MLS & USSDA Technical Auditor John Owens has been a regular fixture at PSV Union since 2003 and has run numerous sessions, coaching all of the international and college players listed above. John was one of the Liverpool FC head Academy

Former PSV Union coach Christopher Sullivan mentions PSV club and coaches in his Fox Soccer commentator role

When Pele visited World Cup '94 USA v Brazil he ran a clinic with PSV coaches Gary, Simon, Ross & Victor Ireland, pictured above

Gary Ireland coaching the Greece Womens National team at Stanford prior to the Olympic Games in Athens

Dana Schwartz playing for Israel


Did you know that Amanda Perez and Veronica Perez who played most is not all of their youth career under the guidance of Gary, Carine and Simon Ireland were the first sisters to play on the Mexico Womens National Team in the same game. Years earlier twins Lorrie and Ronnie Fair both coached by Gary & Simon Ireland in small technical group training, camps and club soccer for Sunnyvale who won the National U16 Cub Championship also played for the USA v England in San Jose, making them the first sisters to play for the USA together! Lorrie played 120 times for the USA in World Cups and Olympics while Ronnie played 3 times. Both went onto forge successful professional playing careers. 

Amanda & Veronica were both leaders and mainstay players/co-captains of UW and Amanda went on to play in the U17 & U19 World Cup while Veronica has captained the Mexico womens national team and played in 2 World Cups. One in Germany and one in Canada. Veronica notoriously scored the 'winner' vs USA in the qualifier for the Germany World Cup in a 2:1 win over USA. Amanda was called up for a USA U17 camp at one time and Veronica was selected for the USA U23 team. Amanda spent 8 years being coached by Gary & Carine Ireland and the PSV staff while Veronica spent 4 years at PSV as a player and for 5 years has been coaching/training players when she returns home to visit and in between Pro & national team duties. 

Lorrie (left) & Ronnie (right) were first sisters to play for USA together!

Amanda & Veronica were the first sisters to play together for the Mexican National team

PSV player Keren Goor playing for Israel in the UEFA Championships

7 year PSV Player will play for UCLA Womens Soccer in 2016

USA U18 Player Olivia Athens Practicing

Gary Ireland (above) on the field at Anfield with his Liverpool FC U10 boys team & sitting next to John Owens & Academy staff at Anfield 2003