id2 - 2009-10
2009-10 CAMPS AND EVENTS:
id2 Regional Training Camps for boys born in 1996-97 and girls born in 1995-96:
• Oct. 1-4, 2009 at the PDA Soccer Complex in Zarephath, N.J. (boys and girls)
• Nov. 12-15, 2009 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas (boys and girls)
• Dec. 10-13, 2009 at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Ariz. (boys)
id2 National Training Camp for girls born in 1994-95-96:
• Feb. 26-March 1, 2010 at Vista Park in Weston, Fla. [Online HQ]
id2 National Selection International Tour: [Web page]
A team of the best 18 boys born in 1996-97 from the fall 2009 id2 Regional Training Camps has been selected to take an international trip to the Netherlands and Germany, Feb. 5-14, 2010.
The squad will play four games while overseas in addition to conducting daily training sessions and experiencing the day-to-day culture of some of the world’s most well-known professional clubs.
Consistent with US Club Soccer’s philosophy that identification and development should be free to players, the organization will be funding the trip in conjunction with the strong support of Nike; there will be no cost to players.
Established in 2004, US Club Soccer’s id2 national identification and development program provides an opportunity for the country’s top youth talent to be identified and developed for possible inclusion in U.S. Soccer’s National Team programs. There is no cost to be included in the id2 program.
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. Players are invited to participate as a result of an extensive scouting and recommendation process in which players throughout the country are identified in their own familiar training and game environment as they compete with their club teams.
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.
id2 PROGRAM ELEMENTS:
• There is no cost to be included in the id2 program.
o 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.
o 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.
• USSF National Team 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; unaffiliated players are also able to be recommended and selected.
• Success stories: Numerous players that have been involved in the id2 program have advanced into U.S. National Team programs.
• id2 National Selection International Tour: A team of the best 18 boys born in 1996-97 from the fall 2009 id2 Regional Training Camps will take an international trip to Europe in February 2010, 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.
• Recommendation/Identification: Players are recommended and identified for the program by a nationwide network of key scouts, which include many of the country’s most successful club coaches and USSF National Team coaches and staff. However, any coach (affiliated or unaffiliated) is able to recommend qualified players.
• Evaluation/Scouting: Recommended and identified players continue to be evaluated by qualified scouts 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 USSF National Team staff to scout players for inclusion into U.S. Soccer’s National Team pool.
• Selection: USSF National Team staff selects players to attend National Team camps.HOW PLAYERS ARE IDENTIFIED:
Coaches from across the country identify and recommend players for inclusion in the id2 Training Camps as they compete in their own environment with their club teams - including regular-season game play, tournaments held throughout the year as well as all of US Club Soccer's National Cup events.
Coaches recommending players should complete the Player Recommendation Form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unlike other identification programs, parents do not have to assume the expense of multiple costly tryout camps (that also remove players from their club programs for significant periods of time) to ensure their players are recommended for inclusion into the id2 program. The id2 selection process is apolitical as players are identified regardless of their affiliation (i.e. US Club Soccer, US Youth Soccer, AYSO, non-affiliated, etc.).
For more information, please contact email@example.com or one of the staff members below:
Daniel Allen, Operations Manager
Rory Dames, Director of id2 Girls' Program
Gerry McKeown, Director of id2 Boys' Program