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.”