Player Development Program
PDP HAWAIʻI EVENTS
The PDP Hawaiʻi events cycle kicks off annually at the US Club Soccer Hawai‘i State Cup; and culminates in the Fall with the PDP Hawai‘i Showcase on O‘ahu and Maui. Consistent with US Club Soccer’s philosophy that top player identification and development should be free, PDP Hawai‘i events are completely funded by the Hawaii Soccer Federation (HSF), MISO Junior League, and US Club Soccer — with strong support from Nike. Showcase training and competitions are overseen by id² Directors, Gerry McKeown and Tricia Taliaferro — there to identify players for potential inclusion in a US Club Soccer id² Training Camp in December.
Hawaiʻi’s Player Development Program (PDP) is the 13th player identification program sanctioned by US Club Soccer — operated by the HSF on Maui and Kauaʻi; and the MISO Junior League (MJL) on Oʻahu. PDP's operate under US Club Soccer’s id² Program umbrella — an Olympic Development Program approved by the U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S. Soccer. PDP/id² was established to provide an opportunity for the United States’ elite youth soccer players to be identified, developed, and scouted for inclusion in U.S. Soccer’s National Team programs — at no cost to players.
Invitations to attend Hawaiʻi PDP’s are based on recommendations from top coaches and directors of coaching, combined with objective and independent scouting of elite clubs who participate in HSF, MJL, and the US Club Soccer Hawaiʻi State Cup.
Targeted birth years are established every year in consultation with U.S. Soccer, according to the scouting priorities for the U-14 National Teams.
FUNDAMENTALS OF PDP/ID2
1. Players should be initially scouted within the environment they are most comfortable – i.e, their club training and normal competition environments.
2. Clubs have the largest impact on player development — which makes club coaches and club competitions an integral part of the PDP/id² Program. Recommendations for potential program inclusion may only be made by head coaches and directors of coaching.
3. Players are rated and evaluated for potential program inclusion based up on a combination of recommendations and information from the players’ regular trainers and coaches; and objective and independent scouting.
4. There is no cost for players to participate in the PDP/id² Program. If invited to the next-level id² Training Camp, all airfare, meals, lodging, ground transport, and training gear are provided by US Club Soccer and Nike.
PDP TO ID² SCOUTING & SELECTION TIMELINE
REGIONAL SELECTIONS (NEIGHBOR ISLANDS)
Hawaiʻi State Cup (Easter Weekend)
Invitations to attend the PDP Hawai‘i Showcase and Identification Event (June-July)
PDP Hawai‘i Identification Event (July-August)
PDP Hawai‘i Showcase (Fall Break)
id² Training Camp (December)
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL
Boys & Girls: National Selection International Tour (Spring)