Player Development Program
Hawaiʻi’s Player Development Program (PDP) is the 13th player identification program sanctioned by US Club Soccer — through the Hawaii Soccer Federation (HSF) on Maui and Kauaʻi; and through our partner, 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 Statesʻ 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 scouting of elite clubs who participate in HSF and MJL; as well as through participation in 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.
PDP HAWAIʻI SHOWCASE
The PDP Hawaiʻi Showcase is held annually in the fall, where training sessions and internal competitions are overseen by US Club Soccer’s id² Boys Directors, Gerry McKeown, and id² Girls Director, Tricia Taliaferro. There, players are assessed and identified for potential inclusion in an upcoming id² Training Camp held in December. (Note: All meals, lodging, ground transport, and training gear are provided at no cost to players.)
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 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)
Invitations to attend the PDP Hawai‘i Showcase and Identification Event (Jun)
PDP Hawai‘i Identification Event (Jul/Aug)
PDP Hawai‘i Showcase (Fall Break)
id² Training Camp (Dec)
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL
Boys: National Selection International Tour (Spring)
Girls: Nike/ECNL National Training Camp (Summer)