Q: What is id2 & PDP?
A: 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) approved by the United States Olympic Committee and the U.S. Soccer Federation.
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 top leagues in specific geographic areas throughout the country.
Q: How was my player selected?
A: PDP invitations are based upon club Directors of Coaching submitting nominations. TCSL & US Club Soccer staff make final decisions upon accepting players into the program, NOT DOC’s nor club coaches. Space is limited, so the nomination process is taken seriously.
Q: When will the next PDP event be?
A: The PDP initiative is an important one for TCSL. Over time, we will look to make PDP programming routine throughout the year.
Q: What is the purpose of this program?
A: The purpose is three-fold: 1) for top players in TCSL and the Twin Cities area to train and compete against one another in a structured format; 2) for “neutral” (coaches that aren’t tied to any one club) accomplished, credentialed coaches to work with elite players; and 3) to expose TCSL players to exposure opportunities (under the id2 umbrella) outside of Minnesota.
Q: Are there additional opportunities through the id2 portfolio?
A: Yes! There is a chance that a player or two from this PDP will be selected for the next id2 regional training camp in March in North Carolina. If that ends up happening, there is no charge to attend the residential camp, with the exception of airfare expense. Any selections are recommended by our neutral coaches, NOT DOC’s.
Q: Who are the staff coaches and how are they selected?
A: Staff coaches are carefully selected based on their experience working with the youth soccer community. As referenced above, the coaches selected are not currently working with or for any one club. Read more about our coaches on the reverse of this page.
Q: Why is there no cost? What’s the catch?
A: There is no catch. TCSL does not want cost to be a barrier to participation in PDP events. To that end, TCSL covers the expense of running PDPs.
Q: May I contest the selection process?