Spring college program aligned with U.S. Soccer to start next month

Six college men’s programs and U.S. Soccer are teaming up to launch a new federation development initiative this spring.

Clemson, Duke, Georgetown, North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest will play a round-robin schedule starting March 4 and concluding April 21. Games will be played under rules similar to those used by the U.S. Soccer Development Academy: Game-day rosters of 18 players, traditional time-keeping, and no re-entry by substituted players.

Each institution will host double-headers on their campuses leading up to a concluding triple-header on the final day at Wake Forest. The school with the most points will be crowned champion.

“We are excited about this program and the role it will play in helping college soccer become more connected to the player development pathway,” said U.S. Soccer youth technical director and U-20 men's national team head coach Tab Ramos said. “It provides us with additional opportunities to identify more players for youth national teams and for the Olympic team in an environment that mirrors the international game.”

Workshops for the coaching staffs will be conducted consisting of game analysis, video review, and performance analysis supplied by U.S. Soccer.

 “The opportunity for us to work directly with college programs will benefit players, coaches and referees at critical stages of their development,” said U.S. Soccer Development Academy director Jared Micklos. “This program will utilize standards to impact the college soccer game as we collectively work to evolve the sport at all ages and levels in our country.”
2 comments about "Spring college program aligned with U.S. Soccer to start next month".
  1. humble 1, February 8, 2018 at 1 p.m.

    Nice to see US Soccer working with the colleges and universites.  The infrastructure is there to do so much more for our boys and girls that choose the path to higher education and soccer.  This appears to be a well thought out and serious endeavor that addresses calendar, rules and coaching.  Great news! 

  2. Ric Fonseca replied, February 8, 2018 at 2:53 p.m.

    Yes, indeed it is "nice to see..." this partnering, however, why only focus on the East coast? I see some bias against far west college/universities, and it seems only logical to me that US Soccer would want to, shall we say, "spread the wealth" a little bit, don't you also think so?

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