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ABOUT THE id2 PROGRAM:

Established in 2004, US Club Soccer’s id2 National Identification and Development Program provides an opportunity for the country's elite youth soccer players to be identified and developed, while also being scouted for inclusion in U.S. Soccer’s National Team programs.

A comprehensive national scouting and recommendation program is used to form a player pool from which top players are invited to attend an id2 Program Training Camp.

There is no cost to the player to be scouted or recommended for the id2Program. Additionally, the id2 Program is open to all players regardless of U.S. Soccer affiliation, or lack thereof.
 

2011-12 id2 PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

Targeted Birth Years:

  • Boys born in 1998 and 1999.
  • Girls born in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998.

id2 Program Training Camps for 1998-99 boys:

 


id2 Program Training Camps for 1997-98 girls:


ECNL/id2 Program Training Camp for 1993-96 girls:

  • 2012 (Dates and location TBA)

id2 National Selection International Tour for 1998-99 boys:


ECNL/id2 International Tour for girls (age group TBA):

  • 2012 (Dates and location TBA)
id2 TRAINING CAMPS:

id2 Training Camps are invitation-only events that bring together the nation’s top male and female youth players for four days of competition, evaluation and fun. U.S. Soccer National Team staff, some of the nation’s top coaches as well as elite guest coaches and players attend id2 Training Camps. In addition to the on-field sessions, id2 Training Camps feature guest speakers, lectures/classroom sessions and other offerings, which make for a complete experience.

Attending an id2 Program Training Camp has many benefits for players:

  • An opportunity to work with some of the nation’s best soccer coaches, and to play with and compete against some of the nation’s best players in their age group.
     
  • U.S. Soccer National Team staff on-site to scout players for inclusion in U.S. Soccer’s National Teams.
     
  • Once players arrive at the id2 Program Training Camp, the program is free of charge. There is no camp fee, and lodging, meals and training gear are provided at no cost by US Club Soccer and Nike.
id2 PROCESS:

Recommendation/Identification: Any coach is able to recommend qualified Players with national team potential for inclusion in the id2 program by using the id2 Player Recommendation Form. These player recommendations supplement US Club Soccer’s own scouting process that utilizes a network of key scouts at league games and events throughout the country.

Evaluation/Scouting: Recommended and identified players are considered for potential inclusion into a corresponding id2 Training Camp.

Invitation: Selected elite players are invited to one of several id2 Training Camps.

Participation: Selected elite players participate in an id2 Training Camp, which are attended by U.S. Soccer National Team staff to scout players for inclusion into U.S. Soccer’s National Team pool.

Selection: Players are selected for US Club Soccer's international tours, and U.S. Soccer staff selects players to attend U.S. Soccer National Team programs.

id2 PROGRAM ELEMENTS:

• There is no cost to be recommended or scouted for the id2 Program.

• US Club Soccer believes that capable players are sometimes overlooked for inclusion into the U.S. National Team pool because the players are not able to afford costly identification programs. The no-cost policy with id2 ensures that these players are able to be identified and developed, regardless of income level.

• For players selected to attend an id2 Training Camp, once players arrive at the hosting venue, all player expenses are covered. Lodging, meals and training gear are provided by US Club Soccer and Nike.

U.S. Soccer coaches and staff in attendance to scout at id2 Training Camps.

Familiar environment/no tryouts: Players are recommended and identified for the program as they compete in their own training and game environment with their club teams.

Lessens schedule congestion: The program does not take players away from their club programs and game schedules on a regular basis.

Apolitical selection process: Recommendations are made and invitations are extended regardless of a player’s affiliation, or lack thereof.

Success stories: Numerous players that have been involved in the id2 Program have advanced into U.S. National Team programs.

International Tours: Players selected from id2 Training Camps take an international trip, where they will experience the day-to-day culture of some of the world’s most well-known professional clubs while also improving themselves via high-level training and game competition.


 

The US Youth Soccer ODP Philosophy
To identify players of the highest caliber on a continuing and consistent basis, which will lead to increased success for the U.S. National Teams in the international arena.

Purpose
The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program was formed in 1977 to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team will be selected for international competition; to provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels; and, through the use of carefully selected and licensed coaches, develop a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching.

How do I participate?
Contact your local US Youth Soccer State Association office to find out more about getting involved with US Youth Soccer ODP. You can find State Association by clicking here. Or, simply contact the US Youth Soccer National Office at .

Program Description History
In 1979, the program expanded, the organization became more efficient and multi-year plans were developed. State Associations were encouraged to develop programs which supported and worked in tandem with National and Regional programs. At the beginning of 1982 a formalized program for girls was created, with the addition of a full committee (one member from each Region).

Current Organization
From 1982 until the present, international events for youth national teams have increased substantially and the US Youth Soccer ODP has kept pace by instituting trials and player pools for five age groups in the boys' program, and five age groups in the girls' program.

The US Youth Soccer ODP Selection Process
Each State Association holds ODP try-outs on an annual basis. Age Groups and try-out dates may be different from state to state, based on seasonal and state considerations. Your first contact should be to your State Association for try-out information.

How are Players Selected?
Players are selected, in most states, on the basis of open tryouts. These tryouts are conducted by state association coaches who are recognized for their ability to identify and train players with superior skills. Some state associations combine scouting techniques and invitations to certain players with the open tryouts. Selection of these players is not an easy task. The state association head coach or State Coach will, in most cases, be assisted in the selection process by several other qualified coaches from the club or league level. Players are evaluated on the four components that make up a soccer player:
1. Technique
2. Tactics
3. Fitness and Athletic Ability
4. Psychological Component (attitude)

What are Regional Camps?
US Youth Soccer is divided into four regions, each which offers a regional camp for state association ODP teams in each eligible age group. The camps are designed to provide high level competition and training for participating players. During this training and competition, players who are capable of performing at a higher level of play are identified for possible national team camp, pool, or team participation. Each region varies somewhat as to the specifics and the cost of their camps. Your state association or regional administrator should be contacted for more information.

What is a National Camp?
National Camps and Interregional events are held throughout the year at various locations in the United States. The National Team Coach or a National Staff Coach is present at these events to observe, train, and indentify players for placement in the national pool or on a national team.

What are the Benefits of Participating in US Youth Soccer ODP?
1. Development as a player. The opportunity to train and play with the best player's in one's age group.
2. Quality instruction from nationally licensed coaches.
3. Quality competition. Games against other state association ODP teams.
4. Exposure to regional and national team coaches.
5. The opportunity to represent one's state, region, or country in competition.
6. Exposure to college coaches.

 

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