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 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. 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.
Aim - To assist member clubs in developing their top, motivated players by selecting the most promising players in each age group and providing a regular elite development environment.
The New York Club Soccer League introduced a dedicated Player Development Program in 2013 and the program covers the same geographic area as the NYCSL NPL, incorporating eastern NY, NYC, Long Island, CT & NJ.
The objective of the PDP is to identify, develop, and showcase the most motivated and talented players in the NYCSL territory, provide specialized training and games with experienced coaches and offer opportunities for US National team, International Professional Soccer Clubs, and College exposure. In addition, the PDP seeks to recommend some of its most talented players to attend U.S. Club Soccer's id2 Player Identification Program Training Camps.
The NYCSL program is split into three distinct areas, which are operated and administered by NYCSL Technical Director John Curtis. Specially selected club neutral PDP staff assist John in the delivery of the three areas of the program.
Training Groups consist of approximately 30 of the most talented, carefully selected players from the NYCSL NPL region. Players are identified from the NYCSL Centers of Excellence and nominated to NYCSL PDP directors by club coaches and DOC's.
Select Squads consist of approximately 18 members who have demonstrated that they are one of the most promising players in their age group from within the entire NYCSL territory. Select Squads are formed to represent the NYCSL in various high level competitive events throughout the year, including professional and collegiate showcasing and inter PDP competition. Select squad members can be recommended by the Technical Director for inclusion into the id2 program.