Georgetown Selected to Participate in U.S. Soccer Spring Men's College Program

Feb. 16, 2018

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer team is one of six squads to be invited to participate in the U.S. Soccer 2018 Spring Men's College Program. In lieu of GU's traditional schedule, the Hoyas have partnered with U.S. Soccer to put together a challenging spring slate that will help the organization in its ongoing effort to develop world class players, coaches, and referees. The Hoyas join Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest in the program.

The collaborative initiative between U.S. Soccer and the college soccer programs will provide standards-based competition and further player development opportunities for players above the age of 17. The games also provide an additional opportunity for U.S. Soccer Scouts to identify potential U.S. Olympic and National Team players and expand the player pool.

"We are excited about this program and the role it will play in helping college soccer become more connected to the player development pathway," U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director and U-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramos said. "It provides us with additional opportunities to identify more players for Youth National Teams and for the Olympic Team in an environment that mirrors the international game."

Aligned with U.S. Soccer's technical framework of best practices for elite youth development, the program will see international standards implemented during each of the 15 games played. The rules for each game played will function similarly to U.S. Soccer Development Academy standards. Games will be played with traditional time keeping, a maximum game day roster of 18 players and no re-entry.

During the first six weeks beginning in March, each college will host two games on their respective campus before closing out the program with a three-match event that features all six teams hosted at Wake Forest on April 21. Upon the conclusion of the round-robin schedule, the team with the most points will be crowned champion.


 

 

In addition, the coaching staff of each institution will participate in a coaching education assignment and workshop, complete game analysis and video review and receive data analysis of physical performance from U.S. Soccer.

"We are very excited to be a part of this initiative," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "It marks a true collaboration between college soccer and U.S. Soccer that will be mutually beneficial, and is an example of two different soccer bodies working together to advance the game forward in our country."

March 4
Clemson at North Carolina

March 17
1 p.m. - Georgetown at UVA
Wake Forest at Clemson

March 24
UNC at Georgetown
UVA at Duke

March 29
Duke at Wake Forest

April 7
UVA at UNC
Duke at Clemson

April 8
Wake Forest at Georgetown

April 14
12 p.m. - Georgetown at Duke
Clemson at UVA
UNC at Wake Forest

April 21 (at Wake Forest)
UNC vs. Duke
Clemson vs. Georgetown
UVA at Wake Forest

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