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.
NOTE: U.S. Soccer Development Academy full-time 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, however, are still eligible to participate in the id2 Program.
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 Youth National Teams.
The current cycle targeting boys born in 2007 and girls born in 2006 includes three id2 Training Camps in 2020 and National Selection programming in 2021. A list of events is available here.
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.
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) | 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 is the first year of the id2 National Selection girls team traveling internationally instead of a domestic camp.
U.S. Soccer staff also selects specific players to attend U.S. Soccer National Team programs.