Having her parents as coaches, she played on this recreational team until she received an invite to join the Girls Academy team where she played for two seasons.
“Josey has played soccer year-round since she was 3-1/2 years-old,” said her mother, Becky. “Her father and I still play in a couple leagues so I guess she doesn’t have a choice but love soccer like we do.”
Josey decided to move to Falls Soccer Club recreational league in Falls Township, where her parents again coached her for a few seasons.
She then tried out for and made the Boys Travel team, known as the Lions.
Luckily, the league allowed for girl players on the boys team.
Director Kevin Shaw and Evan Leslie coach the Falls Soccer Club Travel team Lions, where Josey plays today.
She is also a captain of her middle school soccer team at Bohem Middle School.
This past summer, under the direction of Kevin Shaw, the Falls Soccer Club teamed up with the Watford FC Academy from England.
Watford FC Academy coach Rob Morris came from England to Falls Township for a Player ID camp in the beginning of July.
After attending the camp, Josey was one of the few players invited to the Watford Academy National Camp in Rome, Georgia at the end of July, which she attended.
After the very intensive five-day training camp in Georgia, Josey was one of the very few players selected to travel to Watford England and train under the direction of the Official Watford FC Academy in the spring of 2020.
The program gives players an inside experience to train in the Academy environment.
The Girls Academy Elite Camp is a unique opportunity to train at some of the most storied Academies in English Football.
Players will be trained by Watford Academy Coaches at the Bell Lane Academy Training Facilities and West Ham United Academy Staffat their Beckton facility, with the opportunity to experience a professional environment and learn what it takes to succeed in the modern game.
In addition, the girls will spend one of the days training at Arsenal FC Ladies, one of the best women’s teams in the world!
The week will be capped off with matches against West Ham teams and two live matches: Arsenal Ladies vs. West Ham Ladies + Watford FC vs. Southampton!
Her family plans to take Josey to England in March 2020.
She is looking forward to trying out for the Girls Pennsbury Soccer team next year when she goes into ninth grade.
PHOTO CAP: Josey Smith