The final id2 Training Camps of the year, targeting top 2005 girls and 2006 boys, will be held in Austin, Texas and Chula Vista, California. Those camps are Sept. 26-29 and Dec. 5-8, respectively.
These four-day, invitation-only camps are renowned for their elite player development and identification tactics, as well as exposure to top coaches and scouts. Participants are challenged through a combination of field training and classroom sessions.
This is the first time the id2 Program has made a stop in Austin, Texas, as id2 directors Gerry McKeown (boys) and Tricia Taliaferro (girls) aim to find talent in that region of the country. The greater San Diego area has hosted id2 Training Camps in the past.
Any club’s Director of Coaching is encouraged to submit recommendations of players with youth national team potential. This supplements US Club Soccer’s objective scouting process that uses a network of scouts at games, tournaments and other high-level events across the country.
Targeted birth years are established every year in consultation with U.S. Soccer in order to align with the scouting priorities for the first youth national teams. In accordance with those scouting priorities, both of these camps will also extend to 2006 girls, in addition to the 2005 birth year.
Established in 2004, US Club Soccer’s id2 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) 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.
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 and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.