Player Development and Identification Advantages

 

 

Player Development Advantages

  • More Training
    • 3 mandatory training sessions per week
    • 10 month season
  • Fewer Total Games
    • Approximate 30 game season
    • No outside participation for full-time Academy players
    • 25% Minimum Start Requirement
  • More Meaningful Games
    • Compete against top youth clubs in the country
    • FIFA Rules (i.e. no re-entry on substitutions, January 1 birthday cut-off, players participate on older teams if appropriate)
  • Top Instruction
    • Players receive integrated oversight from Academy club coaches and U.S. Soccer coaches in their local environment.
  • Connection to U.S. Soccer Resources
    • Select teams compete against U.S. Youth National Teams
    • Regular Game and Training Evaluations by National Team staff
    • Referees assigned by U.S. Soccer
    • SPARQ Testing and Training
    • Gatorade Hydration Testing and Education
    • ProZone and Interplay Analysis

 

Player Identification Advantages

  • Direct connection to U.S. Soccer National Team Scouting Network (NTSN)
  • National Team coaches evaluated over 80% of all Academy games in the 2010-11 season
  • Showcases are premier scouting venues:
    • 400-500 college coaches
    • 25 Professional Scouts
    • National Team Staff observe every game
  • Online player profile for all Academy players
  • Showcase games footage can be purchased
  • Over 250 players from Academy clubs were called into an YNT camp or trip since fall 2007 from 59 different Academy clubs