Featuring the opportunity to play in front of scouts from both the U.S. Soccer Federation and US Club Soccer’s id2 Program, teams from 12 different clubs came together Sept. 24-25 at Patton Park in Jacksonville, Fla., for the Southeast Pre-Academy League/Florida Premier League Fall Scouting Showcase.
Despite officially being the first weekend of fall, warm and humid weather conditions greeted the teams in Jacksonville. However, the players and fields each held up well as the weekend featured a very high level of play from the teams.
Scouting the event for the U.S. Soccer Federation was staff coach Juan Carlos Michia. U.S. Soccer Technical Staff and US Club Soccer id2 Program Staff are on-site at each NPL Fall Scouting Showcase to scout and identify players for potential participation in upcoming id2 Program Training Camps and Player Development Programs, as well as a variety of U.S. Soccer programs.
Based on their performances in Jacksonville, a total of seven players were extended invitations to take part in upcoming id2 Program Training Camps in Zarephath, N.J., and Frisco, Texas.
The focus for both the Southeast Pre-Academy League and Florida Premier League will now shift to the regular season, as teams begin the road towards the NPL Champions Cup. Slated for July 27-30, 2012, the NPL Champions Cup will feature winners of every NPL competing against each other for NPL national championships.