US Club Soccer’s Player Development Programs (PDPs) are regionally based identification and developmental programs conducted within the id2 Program umbrella. PDPs are focused around the National Premier Leagues (NPL) and other top leagues in specific geographic areas.
PDP invitations are based upon objective scouting of elite clubs and leagues, combined with recommendations from top Directors of Coaching. Each PDP includes at least one training session and one internal competition. Some PDPs also include off-field educational components, as well.
id2 Program staff are on-site at PDP events to scout players for potential inclusion in id2 Training Camps, and U.S. Soccer staff may also be on-site to scout players for potential U.S. National Team inclusion as well as conduct off-the-field lectures, seminars, coaching and other related discussions.
Beginning in early 2014, as part of an expansion of US Club Soccer’s id² Program, PDP grew to offer new expanded PDP pilot programs involving additional age groups and more frequent training opportunities for some of the country’s top players. Each PDP pilot program will include four events throughout the year, with each event including players from the 13-U through 18-U age groups. With four events over the course of the year, the developmental impact of the PDPs will significantly increase for participating players.
Both the id2 Program and PDP have been granted Olympic Development Program status by the U.S. Soccer Federation and the US Olympic Committee.
Additionally, US Club Soccer sanctions PDPs that are hosted by major member organizations. All their PDPs are also approved as Olympic Development Program events.
ABOUT PDP EVENTS:
- US Club Soccer’s id2 Program staff on-site to scout national team-level players for inclusion in id2 Training Camps.
- An opportunity to play with and against some of the area’s top players in the age group.
- Top-level facilities and equipment, including one (1) full-size 11 vs. 11 field and referees.
- Participation of the top players within the relevant geographic area based upon an approved scouting and recommendation process.
- Presentation to the players from U.S. Soccer staff, technical leaders, or subject matter experts.