US Club Soccer announces id2 programming for ’10 boys and ’10 girls

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Aug. 21, 2023) – US Club Soccer is preparing its id2 Program to identify and develop the next generation of youth players with a schedule of 2023-24 id2 programming targeted to boys and girls born in 2010.

NPL member leagues and other top leagues will co-host 15 id2 Selection events in the fall and winter, supplemented by various Player Development Programs (PDP) and nationwide scouting. Those efforts lead to a pair of regional id2 Training Camps in advance of the acclaimed id2 National Selection International Tour in March/April 2024.

The id2 Program is a leader in player identification and development, as it provides opportunities for elite athletes to be identified, developed and scouted for inclusion in U.S. Soccer’s youth national team programming. The id2 Program is an Olympic Development Program approved by the United States Olympic Committee and the U.S. Soccer Federation. There is no cost for players to participate or be scouted, and all meals, lodging and gear are provided by US Club Soccer and Nike. This approach to eliminating barriers to entry helps ensure the best players are able to participate.

Here is the progression of id2 programming:

id2 Selection events begin later this month, and they serve to scout players for id2 Training Camps. US Club Soccer is co-hosting with the following leagues:

  • Aug. 26 | Co-hosted by Great Lakes Alliance
  • Sept. 2 | Co-hosted by Central States NPL
  • Oct. 8 | Co-hosted by Northern Illinois Soccer League
  • Oct. 8 | Co-hosted by Washington Premier League
  • Oct. 10 | Co-hosted by Hawaii Soccer Federation and MISO
  • Oct. 22 | Co-hosted by South Atlantic Premier League
  • Nov. 4 | Co-hosted by Florida Club Leagues
  • Nov. 4 | Co-hosted by Red River NPL
  • Nov. 5 | Co-hosted by Mountain West NPL
  • Nov. 19 | Co-hosted by United Soccer Clubs
  • Nov. 26 | Co-hosted by Virginia Premier Soccer League
  • Nov. 29 | Co-hosted by NorCal Premier
  • Dec. 2 | Co-hosted by Twin Cities Soccer Leagues
  • Dec. 6 | Co-hosted by Soccer Alliance of Arizona
  • Dec. 10 | Co-hosted by SOCAL

Additionally, a handful of organizations are hosting Player Development Programs (PDP) to supplement talent for the id2 Selection events. Great Lakes Alliance, NorCal Premier, SOCAL, Twin Cities Soccer Leagues and Virginia Premier Soccer League are all hosting PDPs in their respective regions. TCSL, GLA, Northern Illinois Soccer League and the Iowa-based Club Development League are also collaborating to host the 2nd annual NPL Midwest Select Games, Nov. 11-12, which will include id2 scouting.

The next progression from id2 Selection events are id2 Training Camps, which feature the top 36 boys and 36 girls performers from id2 Selections, as well as other identified players through scouting and recommendations from Directors of Coaching. US Club Soccer is hosting two id2 Regional Training Camps:

  • Dec. 15-17 at TBA location on East Coast
  • Jan. 12-14 at TBA location on West Coast

The penultimate element of the id2 age group cycle targeting 2010-born players is the new id2 National Team Selection Camp, which will be held Feb. 2-4 in a TBA location. This pool will be used to determine the id2 National Selection teams – 18 boys and 18 girls – traveling abroad to play top international academies in March/April 2024. Details about opponents and schedules will be released closer to the 2024 id2 National Selection International Tour.

id2 PROGRAMMING

Scouting / invitation process
The id2 Program is invitation-only. id2 directors Gerry McKeown (boys) and Tricia Taliaferro (girls) lead scouting efforts through a multi-faceted process that includes scouting competitions themselves, receiving recommendations from Directors of Coaching, and consulting with a network of trusted scouts and coaches throughout the country for player leads.

id2 Selection events
id2 Selection events are one-day programs that include scouted, tactical training sessions and an 11v11 match. Regional leagues – like National Premier Leagues member leagues – throughout the country co-host these events with US Club Soccer to facilitate a more comfortable scouting and developmental experience for players. Top performers are then invited to participate in id2 Training Camps. Typically, 30 boys and 30 girls players participate in id2 Selection events.

id2 Regional Training Camps
id2 Training Camps are three-day regional identification and development camps, in which players – 36 boys and 36 girls – participate in a multi-faceted experience of training sessions and games, as well as off-the-field presentations and discussions. There will be two id2 Regional Training Camps in 2024. id2 directors lead the camps alongside a collection of top club coaches from around the country. Camps include carefully curated itineraries, balancing on-field training and scrimmages, classroom presentations, nutrition and recovery. Players receive evaluations from their camp coaches to help continue their developmental journeys in their club environments back home. id2 directors share player ratings and feedback with U.S. Soccer youth national team staff for potential invitations to future youth national team programming. Watch a “day in the life” of an id2 participant from a past training camp here.

id2 National Selection teams
The final programming element of each id2 cycle is the selection of id2 National Selection boys and girls teams. Selected players travel internationally to train with each other and compete against some of the world’s best academy teams. Numerous professional players are former id2 National Selection team members, including: Christian Pulisic, Lindsey Horan, Tim Weah, Catarina Macario and Tyler Adams. In addition to meals, lodging and gear being provided by US Club Soccer and Nike, travel for all players is also covered. The id2 all-time Best XI lists are available at usclubsoccer.org/id2.


ABOUT US CLUB SOCCER

A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.

Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.

US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike, DICK'S Sporting Goods and Gatorade.

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