U.S. Under-15 Girls' National Team
Tracey Kevins joined U.S. Soccer full-time in June of 2017 as the head coach for the U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team.
Kevins comes to U.S. Soccer from the Seattle Reign in the NWSL where she served as an assistant coach for just over a year before taking her current post. With the Reign, in addition to her coaching and scouting duties for the NWSL squad, she was also the Technical Director for the Seattle Reign Academy where she was responsible for overseeing five head coaches and their teams.
Kevins will work with U.S. Soccer Women’s Youth National Teams Director April Heinrichs and the other age group coaches in all aspects of the USA’s Youth National Team programs. Kevins will also work closely with U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach Mark Carr to maximize the development, evaluation and movement of players between the age groups for training camps and matches during the World Cup cycle.
Since 2013, Kevins has been coaching at the U.S. Soccer Training Centers, first in the Los Angeles area and then in the northwest, helping to identify and assess players for potential call-ups to the USA’s Youth National Teams.
From October of 2013 through December of 2014, Kevins was coach for the L.A. Blues in the USL W-League, guiding the club to a 15-0-0 record and a national championship. Eight players on the team were taking in the 2015 NWSL Draft. Before that, she coached the LA Strikers in the W-League. She was also a coach and mentor for LA Premier Soccer Club from 2013-2016.
From 2004-2013, Kevins worked for the England Football Association as an assistant coach for various age group National Teams, working with the U-15, U-17, U-19 and U-20 squads. On occasion, she served as head coach for the U-17 and U-19 England Women’s National Teams during tournaments and training camps.
She was an assistant coach for the England team that finished second at the 2007 U-19 Women’s Euros and with the team that finished in the top four in 2008. She was also an assistant coach at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile.
During her coaching career in England, she also served as the head coach for the first team at Barnet FC Ladies from 2004-2013 and helped the club win the FA Women’s Premier League Cup in 2011. She was also the Barnet FC Academy Head Coach for 16 to 19-year-olds from 2008-2013.
From 2008-2013, she was also the technical director for the Middlesex FA Girls’ Centre of Excellence, where she worked with talented young players from ages 7-17 at one of the 30 licensed Centres of Excellence in England. From 2003-2008, she worked in a similar role at the Leyton Orient FC Girls’ Centre of Excellent as the U-16 head coach.
On the boys’ side, she worked as an assistant coach with Wealdstone FC U-19s from 2004-2005 and 2008-2009.
As a player, she captained Barnet FC from 1989-2003 before retiring and immediately started managing the reserve team.
Kevins attended St. Mary’s University in Twickenham where she earned a B.A. with honors in Sports Science and Physical Education.
She holds an UEFA “A” coaching license.
U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team Sets Base for the Future
The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team was instituted in 2004 to help bridge the gap between the annual summer Under-14 Girls’ National Identification Camp (which is no longer held, having been replaced by several U-14 GNT training camps during the year) and the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team. With the implementation of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, the importance of the U-15s and the U-16s has grown greater, as this age group will have a tangible goal when they enter their first major programming experience with the U.S. Women’s National Teams.
The pool of 35-40 players for the U-15s will be brought to several training camps over the course of the year in order to expose more players of this age to the National Team camp environment and experience. The player pool is identified on a year-round basis, through U.S. Soccer Training Centers, club soccer, ODP interregional events, U.S. U-14 Girls’ National Team camps, and starting in the fall of 2017, the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy.
Camps are often scheduled to run concurrent with older YNT camps to give the players an opportunity to watch and play against older players and learn through those experiences.
Players in this year’s group of U-15s are born on or after Jan. 1, 2003, which is the age cutoff for players to be eligible for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
In 2016, the USA participated for the first time in the CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship (the second time the tournament has been held). The USA won all seven games by shutout, compiling a 49-0 goal difference, and defeated Costa Rica 5-0 in the semifinal and Canada 2-0 in the championship game to take the regional title.