Targeted birth years are established every year in consultation with U.S. Soccer in order to align with the scouting priorities for the U-14 National Teams. The steps below outline the process once targeted birth years are established.
Recommendation and Identification: A national scouting and recommendation process for targeted birth years is used to form the id2 Program player pool. US Club Soccer solicits player recommendations from coaches throughout the country, which supplement the organization’s own scouting process that utilizes a network of key scouts at various league games and events.
Evaluation and Invitation: After an evaluation process, top players from the pool are invited to participate in an id2 Training Camp.
Participation in id2 Training Camp: Invited players participate in an id2 Training Camp, where they 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.
National Selection Programming: Top performers at id2 Training Camps throughout the cycle are selected for participation in the id2 National Selection International Tour for boys or the id2/ECNL National Training Camp for girls. U.S. Soccer staff also selects specific players to attend U.S. Soccer National Team programs.