About the 2010 Winter Showcase
Development Academy Showcases provide a national platform for Academy teams to play league matches against non-conference opponents. The Showcases also provide Academy players with exposure to U.S. Soccer Best Practices and additional educational programming, such as SPARQ testing, Gatorade Hydration Guidelines, Interplay and Prozone match analysis. Each team receives footage collected by Hi-Pod of all of their games from each Showcase.
The Showcase events have also proven to be successful platforms for player identification. In the 2008-09 season, all 629 games were scouted by a U.S. Soccer National Team Scout. U.S. Soccer will continue to provide the same feedback in the 2009-10 season to clubs with National Team scouts in attendance at each Showcase and Playoff game. As a result of the extensive scouting process within the Academy, over 250 Academy players were called into the U-17, U-18 and U-20 National Teams since the program launched in 2007, with 59 clubs contributing to the player pool for these camps. College coaches also see Academy Showcases as a recruiting tool, with over 200 coaches regularly attending the Winter and Spring Showcases.
Academy Events are structured according to U.S. Soccer Best Practices and Academy Guidelines.