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.
The id2 Program is an Olympic Development Program (ODP) as approved by the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Soccer Federation.
Note: Beginning in Fall 2013 with the creation of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-14 age group, full-time U-14 Academy players are not eligible to participate in the id2 Program. This is due to U.S. Soccer rules that prohibit full-time Academy players from participating in outside soccer leagues and events. Developmental players in the Academy’s U-14 age group, however, are still eligible to participate in the id2 Program.
FOUNDATIONAL 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.
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 current id2 Program cycle targets boys born in 2001 and girls born in 2000. As such, these age groups are the focus of our current scouting and recommendation process. Four id2 Training Camps will be held in 2014, and the cycle will culminate with National Selection programming in early 2015.
The cycle targeting boys born in 2000 and girls born in 1999 included four id2 Training Camps held in 2013, and National Selection programming will take place in early 2014. Recommendations are no longer being accepted for these age groups.
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.
For more information on id2 Training Camps, please visit the applicable cycle Web page.
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:
U.S. Soccer staff also selects specific players to attend U.S. Soccer National Team programs.