id2 Program


ABOUT:

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, and scouted for inclusion in U.S. Soccer’s National Team programs. id2 Program directors Gerry McKeown (boys) and Tricia Taliaferro (girls) implement curriculum and direct activities.

The id2 Program is an Olympic Development Program (ODP) approved by the United States Olympic Committee and the U.S. Soccer Federation. The id2 Program is presented by Verizon.

 

FOUNDING PRINCIPLES OF THE ID2 PROGRAM:

  • The id2 Program is open to all players regardless of U.S. Soccer affiliation or lack thereof.
  • There is no cost to players to be identified for or participate in the id2 Program. For id2 Training Camps, all lodging, meals and training gear are provided at no cost by US Club Soccer and Nike. For National Selection programming, airfare/travel is also provided at no cost.
  • Players should be initially scouted within the environment they are most comfortable – their club training and competition environment. Clubs have the largest impact on player development, and club coaches and club competitions must be an integral part of the id2 Program.
  • Players are rated and evaluated for inclusion in the program based up on a combination of: (i) objective and independent scouting information; and (ii) information from the players’ regular trainers and coaches.
  • The id2 Program does not create significant additional demands on the calendar of the elite player.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

With a new format in 2021, US Club Soccer will host approximately 10 regional-based id2 Selection events from May to October 2021.  These events will consist of one-day programs that will include scouted tactical training sessions followed by 11v11 match play.

Selected players will then advance from the regional events to participate in an id2 National Training Camp where 18 players will be chosen to make up the id2 National Selection Team. 

The new format for 2021 will allow for more events, creating additional scouting opportunities and ultimately offer more players a chance at these developmental experiences. 

The dates and locations will be announced in the coming weeks. A list of events will be available here.

Leagues interested in hosting an id2 Selection event should contact Alexandra Rieben at arieben@usclubsoccer.org

TRAINING CAMPS:

A comprehensive national scouting and recommendation program is used to form a pool from which top players are invited to attend an id2 Training Camp. At the camp, players work with some of the nation’s best coaches, play with and against some of the nation’s best players in their age group, and are scouted by on-site U.S. Soccer staff. In addition to on-field sessions, the camps feature guest speakers, lectures/classroom sessions and other offerings, which make for a multi-faceted learning experience.

To submit a player recommendation, please visit this web page.

NATIONAL SELECTION PROGRAMMING:

Top performers in each id2 Program cycle are selected for participation in National Selection programming, which includes: 

id2 National Selection International Tours (boys):

2020 (Scotland and England) – Cancelled due to COVID-19) | 2019 (Belgium and France) | 2018 (Spain) | 2017 (Spain) | 2016 (Spain) | 2015 (Argentina) | 2014 (Italy) | 2013 (Spain) | 2012 (Spain) | 2011 (Scotland and England) 2010 (Netherlands and Germany)

id2 National Selection (girls):

2020 (England) – Cancelled due to COVID-19* | 2019 (Univ. of Portland) | 2018 (Univ. of Portland) | 2017 (Univ. of Portland) | 2016 (Univ of Portland) | 2015 (Nike WHQ) | 2014 (Nike WHQ) | 2013 (Nike WHQ)

* 2020 was supposed to be the first year of the id2 National Selection girls team traveling internationally instead of a domestic camp, but it was cancelled due to COVID-19.

U.S. Soccer staff also selects specific players to attend U.S. Soccer National Team programs.