64 Teams in Greensboro Ready for the 2010 Development Academy Playoffs
• Games Slated for Extended Weekend of June 25-29 at Bryan Park
• 32 Teams in Each Age Group Drawn into Eight Groups, With Group Winners Advancing to Finals Week
• Finals Week Set for July 10-17 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (June 25, 2009) – The first day of the 2010 Development Academy Playoffs will kick off on Friday, June 25, with 32 matches at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C. A total of 64 teams, 32 representing each age group, qualified for the Playoffs and are competing in a round-robin format through Tuesday, June 29.
The top two teams in each of the Development Academy’s 10 divisions earned automatic qualification to the Playoffs, with the remaining 12 spots open to wildcard teams that had the best overall points per game average across the full season.
The 32 teams were placed into four pots for each age group, based on seeding, and were randomly drawn into eight groups of four. The top finisher in each group will move on to the third annual Development Academy Finals Week at The Home Depot Center from July 10-17.
As an added bonus to players and coaches, games have been scheduled around the U.S. Men’s National Team’s Second Round World Cup match against Ghana at 2:30 ET on Saturday, June 26. A viewing party will be held in the Athletes’ lounge for players and coaches to watch the U.S. Men continue their run in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
As with all academy events, U.S. Soccer technical advisors and national team scouts will be present to observe all matches. With the short turnaround between games, the suggestions and observations from advisors immediately following each game might be the difference between advancement to Finals Week and the end of a season.
Along with U.S. Soccer staff, college coaches from around the country will be on hand to observe players in the high-pressure environment of Playoffs.
Throughout the weekend, ussoccer.com will be providing updated group standings and match results as 64 teams are whittled down to a final 16. For all the latest scores and news, follow along on the Development Academy Playoffs page on ussoccer.com as well as the YNT Blog.
The Development Academy playoff system was created to increase the number of meaningful games for Academy athletes, further enhancing the player development process. Teams participating at the Playoffs will play three games over the course of four days, adhering to the U.S. Soccer Best Practices.
Since its launch in the fall of 2007, the Academy has improved the training environment, provided relevant, high-level matches on a consistent basis, increased the level and efficiency of scouting for the national teams and provided players, coaches and referees with structured programming.
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