Training Center FAQs

How does the U.S. Soccer Training Center differ from ODP, id2 and other identification programs?

  • U.S. Soccer Training Centers are run directly by U.S. Soccer and used to identify players for the Youth National Team program.
  • There is no cost to the participants.

Are there age or gender limitations for attending U.S. Soccer Training Centers?

  • Each U.S. Soccer Training Center will specify the gender and age group, but the program caters to both genders and a span of ages from 12 to 16 years old.

Is the U.S. Soccer Training Center a tryout?

  • No. While good performances can lead to selection for the Youth Nation Team player pool, the session is not a formal tryout.
  • Participation is also a way for U.S. Soccer staff to track development of top players in different areas across the country.

How can I sign my son or daughter up for a U.S. Soccer Training Center?

  • Players are identified by our scouting network and invited based on their performance with their respective club teams.
  • Players must first prove they can be successful in a competitive club environment before being invited.

If I attended a U.S. Soccer Training Center but was not invited to the next session, am I no longer in consideration for the Youth National Team program?

  • If you were not invited to a subsequent U.S. Soccer Training Center, this does not mean you are no longer in consideration for the Youth National Team program.
  • Each Training Center has a different focus so players are encouraged to keep working hard in order to be considered for a future session.

Will feedback be provided following the U.S. Soccer Training Center?

  • No. Direct feedback will not be provided to participants.
  • If a player’s coach attends (and coaches are encouraged to attend) they will be the best resource for feedback on how a player performed in comparison to their peers.

What is the next step?

  • Performance on the field is the best way to get the attention of our scouting network so continue to train in a competitive environment.

If a Training Center is postponed how will players be notified?

  • Players and coaches will be contacted by email as soon as a Training Center session is postponed.
  • The rescheduling of dates and times will be distributed by email, as well.

Are parents allowed to attend?

  • No. Parents are not allowed to attend and view the U.S. Soccer Training Center.

Are coaches allowed to attend?

  • Yes. Youth and college coaches are welcome to attend and observe U.S. Soccer Youth National Team coaches in order to further their own development.

How often are U.S. Soccer Training Centers held?

  • Depending on your area, U.S. Soccer Training Centers are typically held every one to three months.