The objective of the Player Development Program is to
- Identify motivated, talented players – with club assistance.
- Assist clubs in the player development process.
- Showcase and promote players to US Soccer’s National Teams and Training Centers, Professional Clubs, id2 and College Soccer programs.
We achieve this by providing
- A professional training and game environment.
- Specialized training with experienced coaches – PDP staff and International coaches.
- Games – International trips, National Tournaments, College Showcases and Regional showcases.
- A homework and evaluation program.
- During the months of June and July, NorCal Premier sends out a letter to all Directors of Coaching (DOC’s) and coaches in a particular age group asking for recommendations of players. The recommendations can ONLY be made by DOC’s or Coaches.
- The DOC’s and/or coaches fill out the form and send it to NorCal Premier.
- NorCal Premier invites the players to tryout.
- NorCal Premier evaluates players and makes selections – Please note the number of players selected depend on the aim of the program or event (for more information see age group objectives below).
Player needs to be scouted by PDP staff.
We look for players who are dominating due to their soccer ability, rather than their size. We would like to be clear that all recommended players should be motivated and amongst the top players in their region. While there are some players who may be the best in their age group due to their size and athleticism, there are others who are smaller and talented but may not be as effective at this time. We are very interested in those players who have talent and are motivated, but due to their size and physical immaturity are not necessarily as effective at this time as those larger and more physically mature players. Finally, we are looking for players with a feeling and a vision of the game, extremely well developed skills, and a passion for playing their sport.
The type of player that should be recommended will vary according to the age group and program. For example, when we host a Professional Club Coach we may ask a DOC or coach to recommend only the top players from the state, while in our Regional Training Program we are looking for top, motivated players who are representative of the top players per region.
Age – 05,06,07 Players
Aim – To assist clubs in developing their top, motivated players by selecting the top 30 players per region.
Training – 1 time per month (primarily Mondays) August-June with a break in December. The PDP coaching staff host “PDP Training Days” in each region bringing the top players in each region together. Our PDP staff does this in cooperation with the clubs and utilizes qualified club’s coaches/directors. Most sessions are open to any coach wanting to attend for coaches education.
Games – “PDP Play Dates” – where PDP Regional teams will meet at a common site and play games vs. other regions.
Junior Sate Program (Boys Only)
Age – 05,06, Selected Players From Regional Pool
Aim– To give regional players a more challenging environment and prepare them for the transition to State Pool.
Training – 1 time per month (primarily Mondays) August-June with a break in December. We will select players from 2 regions to train at one Central Location. The regions will be organized as follows.
Region 5 and 6 – Fairfield
Region 2/3 and 2 – San Jose
Region 7 and 8 – Merced (Boys Only)
Age- 04,03,02,01,00 (00 boys only)
Aim – To assist clubs in developing their top, motivated players by selecting the top players in Northern California.
Training – once a month. The PDP coaching staff host “PDP Training Days” in a central location, 1 time a month (Primarily Wednesday’s) – bringing the top players from each region together. Our PDP staff does this in cooperation with the clubs and utilizes qualified club’s coaches/directors. Most session are open to any coach wanting to attend for coaches education.
NOTE Players, that are not selected for the pool, might have future opportunities to be scouted again.
U12/U13/U14 – showcase events for players to be evaluated for consideration for US National Training Center and Id2 camps
U16/U17 – College Showcase/Professional showcasing
U15/U16/U17 – National Team showcasing
PDP players are used as demonstrators for coaches education
The program is free for players.
The league funds the PDP program using part of team registration fees from NorCal Premier League events.