U.S. Soccer Embarks On Major Coach & Player Development Initiatives

CHICAGO—U.S. Soccer announced a commitment to develop world-class players and coaches, focusing on three core areas: assessment and identification, training and development, and competition. 
 
“It’s fundamental to the growth of the sport in our country that we examine and improve the different areas of development for our players and coaches,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Galati. “We are better situated than ever with the resources to do that. With ambitious programming for our national teams, new investments in education and technology and a continued effort to align our technical practices with the best in the world, we are positioning ourselves to take another important step forward.”
U.S. Soccer Technical Director Jurgen Klinsmann, said, “As we have done with the senior national team, our goal is to make sure we are able to provide the best possible environment and opportunity for players to reach their highest level.
 
Regarding the competition focus, U.S. Soccer will augment its Youth National Team programming by adding U-16 and U-19 National Teams, creating two separate programming tracks for even-birth-year players and odd-birth-year players, allowing for a more consistent approach toward development and opportunities for additional players to participate.
 
The additional age levels will give U.S. Soccer a total of eight Youth National Teams for both men’s and women’s programs: U-14, U-15, U-17, U-18, U-19, U-20 and U-23. The new programs at the U-16 and U-19 level will be staffed with full-time head coaches.