US Club Soccer hosted a very successful Player Development Program Event for players from the Florida Premier League on March 3 in Orlando Florida, hosted at the University of Central Florida.
US Club Soccer hosted a Player Development Program event for players from the Florida Premier League as part of the id2 Program, held on March 3 in Orlando, Fla. Twenty-seven girls born in 1997 and 1998 and 24 boys born in 1998 and 1999 took part in the event, hosted at the University of Central Florida.
The event was very successful, highlighted by a strong showing by the players and excellent coaching and facilities. The PDP took place on a beautiful full-size Bermuda grass game field underneath near-perfect weather conditions. The players were also provided with excellent equipment furnished by Nike. Six coaches oversaw the event, including three coaches from the University of Central Florida’s women’s soccer team, in addition to local club coaches.
This event gave emerging players an opportunity to play with and against some of the area’s top players in the age group, as well as perform in front of on-site scouts for inclusion in id2 Program Training Camps. There were a number of high-level players, and the coaches were pleased with the performances exhibited by the players.
"I thought this past weekend’s Florida PDP was a great event," said Eric Dade, Director of Coaching at Jacksonville United FC. "Any time players of like qualities are identified and brought together to train and compete serves as a great player development opportunity. I applaud the PDP concept as I feel our youth players will truly benefit from it and what it offers."
The morning session included a dynamic warm-up and technical training on passing and receiving. Those skills were then tested in small-sided games. The afternoon session consisted of 11 v 11 games with 35-minute halves on the full field.
"For this to be an inaugural Florida Premier League PDP event, we have set very high standards going forward,” said Central Florida Kraze/Krush Executive Director Hue Menzies. “The facilities, staff, players, level of soccer, weather, administration and coaching staff were all outstanding and it was a great soccer experience for everyone involved."
Players from this event were scouted in advance of the id2 Program Training Camp to be held March 15-18 in Raleigh, N.C. Multiple players will attend that training camp as a result of their performance at the Florida Premier League PDP event.