U.S. Soccer's men's college program expanded to 13 teams

Thirteen NCAA Division I men's teams will take part in the second annual College Development Program in collaboration with U.S. Soccer.

They hail from three different conferences:

AAC: Connecticut;
ACC: Boston College, Clemson, Duke, North Carolina (defending champion), Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest; and
Big East: Georgetown, Providence, Rutgers.

This teams will be split into a five-team North Division and eight-team (two groups of four) South Division. The program will run from March 23-April 26 in the North Division (round-robin play) and March 2-April 13 in the South Division (round-robin play plus placement games).

"I'm excited about the continued relationship between U.S. Soccer and the college game through the Spring College Program" said U.S. Soccer youth national technical director Tab Ramos. "The Spring College Program was a tremendous success in its inaugural run last year, as we were able to identify new youth national team prospects and follow others we were already tracking. The college program is an important part of Zone 3 development and having top programs participate under international standards makes their integration into our National Teams and the professional game easier."

The games will feature traditional timekeeping, a maximum gameday roster of 18 players and three substitution moments with no re-entry.
14 comments about "U.S. Soccer's men's college program expanded to 13 teams".
  1. Jason Scala, February 23, 2019 at 9:35 a.m.

    Rutgers isn’t in the Big East.

  2. Ric Fonseca, February 23, 2019 at 1:26 p.m.

    Once again, the antipathy and anti-West Coast bias raises its ugly head.  What?  Are we, way out in the wild-wild-west, cream cheese?  

  3. Ben Myers replied, February 23, 2019 at 6:36 p.m.

    Well, the west coast colleges could certainly establish their own programs in concert with USSF.  After all, who would advocate coast-to-coast travel for this spring soccer?

  4. Randy Vogt, February 23, 2019 at 6:25 p.m.

    Ric, if you on the West Coast are cream cheese, you're obviously not Philadelphia Cream Cheese, eh? Otherwise, this is a positive. A bigger positive would be college soccer giving the ref official time rather than using the scoreboard for it. Last March, the NCAA Rules Committee recommended doing this but it was not changed for the 2018 season. Hopefully in 2019 this will be done as making that one change will affect other college rules. If and when we then get HS soccer to give the ref official time, then the rule differences between all three groups would be minor and refs would not go into a game thinking, "Which set of rules am I enforcing today?" Okay, a bit of an exaggeration but each group does have their own rules test that a ref must take every year.

  5. Ben Myers replied, February 23, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.

    High school sports associations typically mimic the NCAA, because they are all mini-NCAAs.  If the NCAA allows timekeeping on the field, the high school associations will follow suit, but with maybe a year or two delay.  After all, they can't be considered leading edge or innovative.  Heavens no!

  6. Ric Fonseca replied, February 24, 2019 at 3:40 p.m.

    Randy, I do actually like Philly Cream Cheese, especially on delicious Los Angeles freshly baked oinion bagels!  My concern is that these ideas - while "good" - they barely venture out West, and all we get is the reports of what did and didn'tr work.  

    And Mr. Myers, as to establishing our "own programs in concerts with USSF...."  If memory serves me well, it has been tried somewhat successfully, back in late 70's and early 80's, but all went for nought - except the oinion bagel with Philly Creeam cheese!!!

  7. R2 Dad replied, February 24, 2019 at 7:57 p.m.

    Randy, all the heads at the NCAA would explode if they just had to enforce FIFA/IFAB LOTG. Maybe in 100 years--right after they address the short length of season. 

  8. Randy Vogt replied, February 24, 2019 at 9:42 p.m.

    R2, I think we all agree that the NCAA season is way too short. Now if soccer was a revenue-producing sport, there would be no issue expanding the season as the NCAA would make even more money. But the college administrators need to approve any expansion so any coaches fighting for this have an uphill battle. Not so regarding the college rules as I don't believe any administrators are involved or have any say, so they are easier to change. Is R2 a reference to Star Wars' R2D2 or is it because your initials are RR or a child's? Inquiring minds want to know!

  9. R2 Dad replied, February 25, 2019 at 1:04 a.m.

    it's nothing Star Wars-related, Randy. My progeny are numbered R1& R2, which is a scientific designation my wife uses in her work. My first login coincided with the birth of R2, so I've kept that ever since. I wanted to avoid using my referee name in a forum where i might vent about coaches and their naughty behavior. 

  10. Craig Cummings, February 23, 2019 at 7:32 p.m.

    randy, here in So Cal the ref keeps the time on the field, not a scoreboard., like college.

  11. Randy Vogt replied, February 23, 2019 at 7:49 p.m.

    Craig, are you referring to college and/or junior college soccer in Southern California allowing the ref to keep official time on the field? That is great if true! If so, when did they initiate this?

  12. Craig Cummings, February 23, 2019 at 9:06 p.m.

    Not college soccer yet, but High school soccer. I think many states use a scoreboard in high school  to keep the time. Yes for J, C. soccer, we keep the time on the field, and have  been since I  started  reffing junior college in 1987. In D1 D2 D3 and NAIA we use a scoreboard. Do you not keep the time on the field in NY for JC games? In JC games we need to tell or show with our fingers how much time will be added. Where are  those 4th officials with the  signs?  Thats right more money they do not have.

  13. Randy Vogt replied, February 23, 2019 at 9:46 p.m.

    Thanks for the reply, Craig, I remember that Ric Fonseca had written that Southern California junior college soccer had official time on the ref's watch instead of a scoreboard. All college, junior college and high school games in New York have official time on the scoreboard. However, because of space limitations, many schools do not have fields on their campus and many of those off-campus fields in parks do not have scoreboards. So either the school brings a small scoreboard to the field or official time is kept on the ref's watch. But even if it's the latter, we "stop the clock" for stoppages instead of "adding time" to keep consistent with the current rules, which hopefully will change.

  14. Craig Cummings, February 25, 2019 at 11:32 p.m.

    Thank you Randy, Play on. And keep it on the pitch as I have another story about  a D2 game I had  in which the game cloak  got hit and  down it went on the runing field on the campus of CSUDH where the Galaxy play, and I had to keep the time. You never know what can happen.

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