NEW ORLEANS, La. (Nov. 4, 2018) – Thirty-two boys and 24 girls participated in a Player Development Program (PDP) at City Park in New Orleans, Louisiana, Nov. 4. Gulf States Premier League hosted the event, which saw the athletes begin with possession training, including possession to target and possession to goal. Next, the players broke into smaller games in the morning, before playing on a full field in the afternoon.
The 56 athletes represented the following nine clubs:
- Baton Rouge Soccer Club (Louisiana)
- Brilla Juniors (Mississippi)
- Cajun Soccer Club (Louisiana)
- Gulf Coast Texans (Florida)
- Gulf Coast United (Mississippi)
- Hattiesburg FC (Mississippi)
- Mandeville Soccer Club (Louisiana)
- Mississippi Rush (Mississippi)
- Slidell Youth Soccer Club (Louisiana)
The players were coached by Mallory Coleman (Brilla Juniors), Stephen McCarthy (Gulf Coast United FC), Justin Roberts (Brilla Juniors), Kat Stratton (Brilla Juniors) and Jesse Vincent (Gulf Coast United FC).
Gulf States Premier League has hosted a multitude off PDPs in the New Orleans and Metairie area, most recently in October 2017.
PDPs are identification and development programs conducted within the id2 Program umbrella. Consistent with US Club Soccer's philosophy that identification and development should be free to players, there is no cost to players. PDPs are approved as an Olympic Development Program by the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Soccer Federation.
PDP invitations are based upon scouting within the NPL, scouting of NPL clubs and other nearby clubs, as well as recommendations from Directors of Coaching. Based upon this scouting and recommendation process, top players are invited to attend PDP events. id2 Program scouts are on-site at all PDP events to scout players for potential inclusion in id2 Program Training Camps. U.S. Soccer scouts will also attend many PDP events to scout players for consideration in U.S. Soccer Youth National Team camps.
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