In 2015 Double Pass has launched its ambitious project with U.S. Soccer to provide assessments and club support to their Development Academies, Youth National Teams (Men and Women) and professional clubs. This project fits into the mission of U.S. Soccer Federation to make soccer the preeminent sport in the United States, by creating environments where world-class players can successfully be developed in World Cups and World Championships.
The clubs were approached the first time in seasons 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 for an assessment (75 DA’s in total). From 2017-2018 co-creation visits took place to support the clubs in-depth on their action points. The project is currently in its second cycle of assessments and co-creation visits, where currently 40 full Development Academy clubs will be revisited in 2019-2020 for a second assessment. Professional and amateur DA’s were assessed in both the first cycle and the second cycle. Whereas the process of the first and second cycle of assessments is similar, for the second cycle the clubs must meet so called ‘Minimum Requirements’ in order to track progress. Between both cycles, a “Evaluation Task Force Committee”, which has members from various institutions such as MLS, U.S. Soccer, Double Pass and amateur clubs, was installed to discuss and customise the standards and based on these conversations amendments were made.