The United States U-23 women's national soccer team
is a youth soccer
team operated under the auspices of U.S. Soccer
. Its primary role is the development of players in preparation for the full Women's National Team. The team's most recent major tournament was the 2008 Nordic Cup
, in which the United States team won 3-0 over Germany. The team competes in a variety of competitions, including the annual Nordic Cup
, which is the top competition for this age group. The current head coach is Bill Irwin
Beginnings as a U-20 program
The United States U-23 team has been active since 1989, however it was run as a U-20 team from its inception until 1998. Its main goal was to prepare college players for the step up to international soccer. Women had no viable opportunities to enhance their playing abilities, aside from overseas, since the United States
lacked a top-level domestic league during this time.
The switch to U-21
In 1998, United States Soccer Federation
decided to make the team a U-21 team in order to give women a higher level of play to better prepare them for the full National Team. In accordance with this strategy, the U-21 team frequently rostered "over-aged" players in the U-21 training camps, as well as the Nordic Cup
. It remained a U-21 team from 1998 through 2008.
Competing as a U-23 team
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