U.S. Soccer YNT Identification Center Program

YNT Identification Centers are one of the main tactics of Talent Identification. YNT ID Centers are no-cost identification opportunities for U.S. Soccer Talent Identification Managers to evaluate and monitor top talents. U.S. Soccer, in conjunction with local clubs, hosts approximately 100 sessions each year in 24 key markets throughout the country. These invite-only training sessions provide opportunities for scout development, education, and mentoring, and help strengthen connection and collaboration between U.S. Soccer, clubs, and their constituents in local markets. Talent Identification Managers assess the top players from different clubs and markets in different combinations, cross-referencing talent across the nation. Each YNT ID Center is conducted with a particular focus to ensure our staff sees the widest variety of talent in different contexts. Over 5,000 boys and girls aged 12-16 attended U.S. Soccer YNT Identification Centers in 2017-18.


  • U.S. Soccer YNT Identification Centers are free, single-day player identification opportunities for local players with the most potential to train under the direction of U.S. Soccer Talent Identification Managers
  • U.S. Soccer Talent Identification Managers run YNT ID Centers to identify and compare the top talent and potential nationwide for Youth National Team recognition

Player Pool

  • Gender: Boys and Girls
  • Ages: 12 to 16 years old
  • Each U.S. Soccer YNT ID Center will feature a specific gender and age group.
  • Elite players from any team, club or organization are eligible to attend at no cost to the player upon invitation

Player Selection

  • Players are discovered through three main pathways:
    • Coach or Club Director Recommendation
    • Scouting by U.S. Soccer at game or event
    • Talent Identification Manager Selection


  • Local youth clubs, professional clubs, leagues or state associations provide the facility
  • Training Centers are held in both indoor and outdoor venues depending on the time and place


  • U.S. Soccer Talent ID staff runs the events with the assistance of host site staff, which may include: Talent ID Managers, U.S. Soccer Scouts, Youth National Team coaches, and local club coaches
  • Athletic trainers are present at every YNT ID Center

Coach Attendance

  • Youth and college coaches are welcome to attend and observe YNT ID Centers to further their own development


  • Like Youth National Team training environments, attendance by parents and non-coach spectators is not permitted unless otherwise specified