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NWSL and Development Academy Connection Creates a Pathway for Young Talent

The launch of the U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy this September marked a crucial step in the acceleration of the development of young female soccer players across the United States by establishing a pathway for the highest level of elite girls’ soccer in the country. Out of the 69 clubs chosen to be part of the first season of the Academy, several have a direct tie-in with the Nat Read more
ACADEMY Dec 11, 2017

Five Things to Know About the 2017 U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy Winter Showcase

From Dec. 6-10 players from 68 U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy Clubs will compete at Lakewood Ranch, Fla., during the 2017 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase. Here are Five Things you should know about one of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy's premier annual events. Showcase Explained Entering its 11th year of existence, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Wint Read more
ACADEMY U-20 WNT Dec 5, 2017

Five Things to Know About the 2017 U.S. Soccer Boys' Development Academy Winter Showcase

Beginning Thursday, players from 76 U.S. Soccer Boys’ Development Academy Clubs will descend on Lakewood Ranch, Fla., for the 2017 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase.

Here are five things you should know about one of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy's premier annual events.

What it is

Entering its 11th year of existence, the U.S. Soccer Boys’ Development Academy Winter Showcase brings all full Academies together for a series of games at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. from Nov. 30-Dec. 4.

The event gives the U-16/17 and U-18/19 teams from each Member Club three competitive games apiece against opposition they wouldn't normally face during divisional play in the regular season. The crossover games are selected based on level of resistance, style of play, location and other factors to ensure the most meaningful games. The results count towards the overall regular season standings as part of a 10-month season that culminates with the Academy Championships next July.

Additionally, this year’s Boys’ event will be followed by the first U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy Winter Showcase, running from Dec. 6-10 in Lakewood Ranch.

A Place to Be Seen

With 228 games taking place over the course of five days, the U.S. Soccer Boys’ Development Academy Winter Showcase offers ample opportunity for talent identification.

On the Development Academy side, each game is scouted and evaluated by a U.S. Soccer Technical Advisor or Scout, while the Federation's entire Youth National Team staff is also on site for talent identification opportunities for future camps. 

The Winter Showcase is a prime spot for college recruiting with over 400 scouts pre-registered for the 2017 event, hailing from all NCAA Divisions (250+ from Division 1 schools), with additional domestic and foreign professional clubs scheduled to attend.

Featured Games Streamed Live

Can't make it to Florida for the event? Check it out online, as the U.S. Soccer Development Academy has expanded its coverage this year to feature six prime matchups live streamed through the Development Academy Facebook Page and U.S. Soccer YouTube Channel.

Check out the schedule below. Links will be made available 24 hours prior to kick-off on www.ussoccerda.com and on twitter @ussoccer_acad.

Age Group

Date

Matchup

Time (ET)

U-18/19

Nov. 30

Strikers FC vs. FC Greater Boston Bolts

11 a.m.

U-18/19

Nov. 30

Colorado Rapids vs. Crossfire Premier

2 p.m.

U-16/17

Dec. 2

Philadelphia Union vs. Seattle Sounders FC

11 a.m.

U-16/17

Dec. 2

FC Golden State vs. Sockers FC

2 p.m.

U-16/17

Dec. 4

Pateadores vs. Chargers Soccer Club

9 a.m.

U-16/17

Dec. 4

FC Dallas vs. New York City FC

11:15 a.m.

Academy Director Course

Prior to the start of the Winter Showcase, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy is hosting a module of the course as part of a 12-month program to further the development of some of the top Academy Directors from around the country.

Participants in the course benefit from the opportunity to work with other Academy leaders and receive practical experience and engage in meaningful discussion around all aspects of the process of developing an Academy Club. This week features experts leading discussions on: teaching, leadership, periodization, mentoring and Youth National Teams. The course will aim to have Academy Directors build their leadership roles on and off the field at their respective clubs and become a coach not only of players, but of coaches in their own organizations.

Partnering with Nike International Friendlies

The Boys’ Development Academy Winter Showcase runs concurrently with the long-standing Nike International Friendlies, a round-robin tournament which the U.S. U-17 MNT has hosted since 2002. Having seen a long list of great players from around the world play in the tournament, the combined event highlights the cohesion between the Development Academy Member Clubs and the Youth National Teams.

This year, the U.S. U-17s face off with England (Nov. 29; 7 p.m. ET), Netherlands (Dec. 1; 7 p.m. ET) and Brazil (Dec. 3; 5 p.m. ET). Like the six featured games at the Development Academy Winter Showcase, all six Nike International Friendlies games will also be streamed via Facebook and YouTube.

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ACADEMY Nov 28, 2017

2017 Men's and Women's Nike International Friendlies, DA Winter Showcase to Take Place Nov. 29-Dec. 11

CHICAGO (Nov. 14, 2017) – The 2017 Men’s and Women’s Nike International Friendlies and U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase will take place at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida from Nov. 29-Dec. 11.

In the 15th edition of the Men’s Nike Friendlies, the USA will take on its U-17 counterparts from Brazil, England and Netherlands. The tournament will feature players born in the year 2002 or after whose goal is to represent their countries at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

In the first Women’s Nike International Friendlies held in conjunction with the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase, the U.S. U-20 WNT will face Brazil, England and Finland. The USA, Brazil and England will bring players born in 1998 or later while Finland will feature players born in 1997 and later. The USA and Brazil will use the tournament to further preparations for qualifying for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France. England has already qualified while Finland did not earn a berth to the tournament.

The tournaments will feature six doubleheaders, with the USA playing in the evening games on each match day. The U-17 MNT will face England on Nov. 29, Netherlands on Dec. 1 and finish against Brazil on Dec. 3. The U-20 WNT will take on England on Dec. 7, Finland on Dec. 9 and will end the competition against Brazil on Dec. 11.

The early game of the first two U-17 match days will kick-off at 3:30 p.m. ET with the USA game following at 7 p.m. ET. The third match day will feature a 1:30 p.m. ET kick-off for the first game, followed by the USA match at 5 p.m. ET. For the U-20 match days, all three match days will see 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. kickoff times.

All matches will be broadcast on ussoccer.com.

2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies Schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 29
Brazil vs. Netherlands, 3:30 p.m. ET
USA vs. England, 7 p.m. ET

Friday, Dec. 1
England vs. Brazil, 3:30 p.m. ET
USA vs. Netherlands, 7 p.m. ET

Sunday, Dec. 3
Netherlands vs. England, 1:30 p.m. ET
USA vs. Brazil, 5 p.m. ET

2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies Schedule

Thursday, Dec. 7
Brazil vs. Finland, 3 p.m. ET
USA vs. England, 6:30 p.m. ET

Saturday, Dec. 9
England vs. Brazil, 3 p.m. ET
USA vs. Finland, 6:30 p.m. ET

Monday, Dec. 11
Finland vs. England, 3 p.m. ET
USA vs. Brazil, 6:30 p.m. ET

The Development Academy Winter Showcase will once again take place alongside the Nike Friendlies at Premier Sport Campus and will include 76 Under-16/17 and 72 Under-18/19 Boys’ Academy clubs and 69 clubs from each of the three Girls’ Academy age groups: Under-15, Under-16/17 and Under-18/19. There will be featured Academy showcase games streamed live in addition to the Nike Friendlies, with the Nov. 30, Dec. 2 and Dec. 4 Boys’ schedule and Dec. 6, 8 and 10 Girls’ matchups to be announced on ussoccerda.com.

The U.S. U-17 MNT won the Nike International Friendlies most recently in 2016, while England took home the championship in 2015. England and Netherlands last attended the Nike Friendlies in 2015. Furthermore, Brazil has attended the tournament every year since 2006, in addition to a 2003 appearance.

The Friendlies have featured a number of players throughout the years who went on to play for the senior MNT, including Christian Pulisic, Jozy Altidore, and Michael Bradley. International players such as Brazil’s Neymar and Marcelo, the Netherlands’ Memphis Depay, and many others have also played in the well-regarded international tournament.

The U-20 U.S. WNT has had an excellent year of preparation, taking three trips to Europe – to Spain, England and Germany – while conducting three domestic training camps, one of which included two games against the Japan U-20 WNT. The Nike Friendlies will mark the final international matches of the year for the U.S. team, but it will convene in Florida for a training camp at the end of the year. That will be the last preparation before the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship being held in Trinidad & Tobago from Jan. 18-28.

At that tournament, the USA was drawn into Group B with Nicaragua, Mexico and the first-place finisher from the Caribbean pre-qualifying. The top three finishers qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France.

The Nike Friendlies began in 2001 to provide top-level competition for Men’s Youth National Teams, and has become a premier annual event for youth soccer. In 2008, U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy Winter Showcase joined forces with the Nike Friendlies, and the combined event highlights the cohesion between the Development Academy Member Clubs and the Youth National Teams. In the 2016-17 cycle, 92% of all Boys’ and Men’s Youth National Team players were products of Development Academy clubs. Since the start of the inaugural Girls’ Development Academy season in September 2017, 70% of the players called into Women’s Youth National Team camps are rostered full-time in the Girls’ Academy. The U.S. Talent Identification Network will include YNT staff, Technical Advisors and U.S. Soccer Scouts who will cover each of the 541 games, 226 Boys’ games and 315 Girls’ games, to identify and evaluate players from across the country.

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