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  • 1. WWW.NGSSOCCER.COM© 2012 United Soccer Leagues LLC. All Rights Reserved. Do Not Copy or Redistribute.
  • 2. WHAT IS NGS?Next Generation Series (NGS) is an exciting, new youth soccer initiative undertaken by USL and IMGAcademy, established to provide players, coaches and clubs the opportunity to take part in an eight-month, elite-level league. NGS is more than just another youth soccer league and features a forward-looking, innovative, comprehensive, and unique development program designed to develop the completeelite youth soccer player through a defined regimen of training, competition, testing, and evaluation.The inspiration for NGS was the repeated and consistent message received from top youth soccerclubs and coaches that they were seeking a fresh development initiative specifically geared towardyounger teams and players. From this feedback, NGS has been launched to fill the void by providinga comprehensive platform for clubs to best prepare their young players for the challenges which awaitthem at the next level. NGS will take a developmental approach which engages the player, coach, andparent, and enhances player growth across 7-8 important disciplines conducted by world-renownedexperts in their respective disciplines of performance:• Ignite360 Athletic Assessment• Physical Conditioning• Mental Conditioning• Nutrition & Wellness• On-Field Communication• Injury Prevention / Athletic Regeneration• Leadership & Life Skills• Vision training for GoalkeepersWhile player growth is the primary focus, coaches and parents are fully integrated into the NGS model.Coaches will be regularly exposed to the most modern coaching education available both in terms ofsoccer-specific training and overall sports methods by elite experts in their fields via the USL and IMGnetworks. Additionally, NGS is committed to the engagement of parents through the provision of regularinformation, resources, and other pertinent insights regarding the important role they play in the child’stransition to elite player and young adult.All in all, NGS will usher in an exciting new era in the development of the next generation of completeelite youth players and provide its member clubs with an advantage in the programming it offers to itsathletes. © 2012 United Soccer Leagues LLC. All Rights Reserved. Do Not Copy or Redistribute.
  • 3. LEAGUE STRUCTURE1. AGE GROUPS: a. U12 & U14; Boys & Girls b. Clubs are required to field teams in both age groups within a specific gender2. CONFERENCE ALIGNMENT 2013/14 NGS Season will feature four conferences: South Conference Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee Florida Conference Florida Midsouth Conference Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana Mid-Atlantic Conference Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania3. PARTICIPATING TEAMS (BY INVITATION ONLY) a. U14 Boys – 4 Teams Per Conference x 4 Conference = 16 Total b. U14 Girls – 4 Teams Per Conference x 4 Conference = 16 Total c. U12 Boys – 4 Teams Per Conference x 4 Conference = 16 Total d. U12 Girls – 4 Teams Per Conference x 4 Conference = 16 Total4. COST $2,000/team © 2012 United Soccer Leagues LLC. All Rights Reserved. Do Not Copy or Redistribute.
  • 4. COMPETITION CALENDARPHASE IBoys Date: August 22-25, 2013 Girls Date: August 29-September 1, 2013Evaluation of Players / Cross Conferential GamesVenue: IMG Academy PHASE II Date: September 2 – December 1, 2013 Season: 6 NGS in-conference league games Venue: 3 Home & 3 Away PHASE III Date: January 4 – April 6, 2014 Season: 6 NGS in-conference league games Venue: 3 Home & 3 Away PHASE IV Date: January 30 - February 2, 2014 NGS ID Training Camp Venue: IMG Academy PHASE V Date: April 10-13, 2014 NGS League Championship / Final Evaluation Venue: IMG Academy © 2012 United Soccer Leagues LLC. All Rights Reserved. Do Not Copy or Redistribute.
  • 5. NGS FORMAT AND CURRICULUMPHASE I: IGNITE360 ATHLETIC ASSESSMENT & LEAGUE COMPETITIONBOYS DATES: AUGUST 22 - 25, 2013 • GIRLS DATES: AUGUST 29 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2013This initiatory three-day event is designed byNGS to: 1)Introduce players, coaches and parents to IMG Academy performance disciplines 2) Conduct I360 testing to ascertain baseline sports performance levels for players 3) Commence league competitionDuring Phase I, the players and coaches will beintroduced to disciplines of physical conditioning,mental conditioning, nutrition, communicationtraining, injury prevention/recovery, life skills andvision training for the goalkeepers.Next, the players will be tested by the I360program on: sport-specific physical ability, mentalaptitude, and communicative skills. All of thesemeasurements, serving as the players’ baseline,will be entered into the NGS individual playerdata system to begin tracking performanceimprovement and serve as a comparison to otherplayers by age, gender and position.Throughout Phase I, league competition willtake place with each team playing three cross-conferential games at IMG Academy. © 2012 United Soccer Leagues LLC. All Rights Reserved. Do Not Copy or Redistribute.
  • 6. LEAGUE STRUCTUREPHASE II & III: CONFERENCE COMPETITIONDATES: PHASE II - SEPTEMBER 2, 2013 - DECEMBER 1, 2013DATES: PHASE III - JANUARY 4, 2014 - APRIL 6, 2014The NGS will include top U-12 and U-14 clubs from: Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina,Tennessee, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Arkansas.These highly competitive clubs will play all of their conference games in Phase II and III, with each teamplaying a total of 12 games (6 home and 6 away). The top two teams from each conference will qualifyfor the quarterfinals and vie for the NGS Championship to be held at IMG Academy in Bradenton,Florida on April 10-13, 2014.During phases II and III, monthly teleconferences will take place between the NGS National TechnicalDirector and the respective club coaches to analyze the games played and to discuss individual playerperformance. While the teams compete, the NGS ID Player Tracking Program will select the playerpool for the NGS ID Player Training Camp.Throughout Phase II and III several coaching webinars will be conducted on tactical game topics forboth field players and goalkeepers. Each coaching webinar will feature a guest coach/speaker fromeither the U.S. National Staff, international professional club academy directors, or IMG Academycoaches/specialists. These innovative webinars will prove to be both informative and stimulating for allNGS coaches. © 2012 United Soccer Leagues LLC. All Rights Reserved. Do Not Copy or Redistribute.
  • 7. LEAGUE STRUCTUREPHASE IV: NGS ID TRAINING CAMPDATES: JANUARY 30 - FEBRUARY 2, 2014The NGS ID Program is designed specifically to scout and track the top elite male and female soccerplayers between the ages of 11 and 14, a critically formative time in a young player’s developmentas both a soccer player and an athlete.The NGS ID Player Tracking Program will be a collaborative effort among the NGS National TechnicalDirector, the NGS coaches and the NGS regional scouts. The selected players will be invited toattend the NGS ID Training Camp to be held on January 30 - February 2, 2014, at IMG Academyin Bradenton, Florida. These soccer athletes will be evaluated on and off the field by IMG Academyperformance experts in all the sports performance disciplines. Also invited to attend this event arethe U.S. National team staff coaches, college coaches and directors of international professional clubacademies.This is a unique opportunity for these elite soccer players to showcase their talents and train withIMG experts and NGS coaches while enjoying the camaraderie of other elite athletes. © 2012 United Soccer Leagues LLC. All Rights Reserved. Do Not Copy or Redistribute.
  • 8. LEAGUE STRUCTUREPHASE V: NGS CHAMPIONSHIP & FINAL I360 ATHLETIC ASSESSMENTDATES: APRIL 10 - 13, 2014The highlight of the NGS experience is the Championship, held April 10-13, 2014 at IMG Academy inBradenton, Florida. The top two teams from each conference will compete for the NGS Championship.The other 2 teams from each conference will compete in cross-conferential games in order todetermine which conference will finish with the highest number of points and ultimately determinethe top conference in the NGS.U.S. National Staff coaches, college coaches and directors of international professional clubacademies will be invited to the NGS Championship.The final I360 testing will also take place during the NGS Championship to demonstrate each player’sprogression during the eight-month season. © 2012 United Soccer Leagues LLC. All Rights Reserved. Do Not Copy or Redistribute.
  • 9. IMG ACADEMYIMG Academy, a division of IMG Worldwide, the global sports, fashion and media company, is theworld’s largest and most advanced multi-sport training and education complex. For 35 years, IMGAcademy has helped countless youth, adult, collegiate and professional athletes reach their fullpotential in and out of sport, by providing world-class coaching, tailored programs and professionalfacilities within an energetic environment across a 450-acre campus.Today the Bradenton, Fla.-based campus attracts 30,000 athletes from nearly 100 countries annually.IMG Academy offers youth camp and academy programs in baseball, basketball, football, golf,lacrosse, soccer and tennis, in addition to training opportunities for professional athletes, teams andleagues. IMG also runs a series of events on its campus and throughout the country on an annualbasis.I360 ATHLETIC ASSESSMENTI360 is the ultimate measure of an athlete’s ability and potential. I360 sets the global measurementstandard for comprehensive athletic assessment, improved performance, health and fitness. Bymeasuring and recording sport-specific physical ability, mental aptitude, communicative skill and avariety of other key athletic traits, I360 provides a platform for comparison to other athletes by age,sport and position. © 2012 United Soccer Leagues LLC. All Rights Reserved. Do Not Copy or Redistribute.
  • 10. IMG ACADEMY’S I360 PERFORMANCE DISCIPLINES:NGS PLAYERS EXPERIENCE PROFESSIONAL CURRICULUM PHYSICAL CONDITIONING COMMUNICATION TRAINING Develops sport-specific strength, power, Improves self-awareness, social interaction and movement, speed, agility, flexibility, and overall communication through improvisation conditioning. and role-playing exercise to make an athlete comfortable in any setting. MENTAL CONDITIONING Builds the mental skills - including confidence, ATHLETIC focus and determination - that help athletes BODY MANAGEMENT reach their goals and compete at their best on Rejuvenates the body through the use of any given day. massage and physical therapy while reducing the potential of injury through corrective exercises, allowing for optimal training. NUTRITION Optimizes personal nutrition to meet high- level lifestyle and sport demands, with topics including optimal everyday nutrition, eating plans to meet sport-specific demands, body composition, energy balance and body weight issues, dietary supplements and hydration strategies.VISION TRAINING FORGOALKEEPERSDevelops an athlete’s eye muscles and visualsystem to enhance hand-eye coordination,peripheral vision, reaction time and depthperception. LEADERSHIP & LIFE SKILLS Teaches athletes the skills and characteristics that develop high-performance habits in both sports and life. © 2012 United Soccer Leagues LLC. All Rights Reserved. Do Not Copy or Redistribute.
  • 11. NGS GOALKEEPER VISION TRAININGUSL National Technical Director and U.S. Soccer National Goalkeeping Staff lead instructor PeterMellor will work with IMG Academy’s instructors to provide goalkeeper vision training as part of theNGS curriculum. NGS goalkeepers will be led through a variety of disciplines designed to develop agoalkeeper’s eye muscles and visual system to enhance hand-eye coordination, peripheral vision,reaction time and depth perception.“I have seen and experienced the tests and feel that this unique training will give NGS goalkeepersan opportunity to experience and stay on the cutting edge of goalkeeper development,” Mellor said.NGS Goalkeeper Vision Training will work to strengthen a number of visual abilities including:• Visual Acuity – acuteness or clearness of vision• Convergence – movement of the eyes turning inward• Divergence – movement of the eyes turning outward• Visual Accommodation – the ability to change the refractive power of the eyes to allow for clear focusing at near or far distances• Focal Vision – What the brain concentrates on in order to process information• Peripheral Vision – Vision outside focal vision• Depth Perception – Ability to perceive the world in three dimensions, being able to sense the distance of objects• Visual Memory – The ability to store and retrieve previously experienced visual sensations and perceptions• Binocular Fixation – Aiming of the two eyes to an object in space• Focus & Attention – Selectively concentrating on important aspects while ignoring others, and holding this focus over time• Eye-Hand Coordination – Coordinated control of eye movement with hand movementNGS Goalkeeper Vision Training is a program similar to weight training by nature as it adheresto the stressing and strengthening of muscles. Results are achieved as participants increase thestrength of the eye muscles, improving the endurance of these muscles and enhancing effectivecommunication between the brain and the images captured by the eyes.Ultimately, vision training helps goalkeepers to improve their defending of set pieces (identifyingvisual cues to predict the direction of penalties and free kicks), their ability to scan teammates andopponents, their ability to identify a shot and get their hands on it, their ability to track the ball, andtheir ability to move their limbs in the way of a ball hit at speed. © 2012 United Soccer Leagues LLC. All Rights Reserved. Do Not Copy or Redistribute.
  • 12. NGS ID PLAYER TRACKING PROGRAMThe NGS ID Player Tracking Program serves as a mechanism to identify and track elite youth players,as well as showcase their talents for ODP and U.S. Soccer National Team programs. The NGS coachesand regional scouts, under the supervision of the NGS National Technical Director, will identify a poolof elite players to be invited to attend the NGS ID Training Camp at IMG Academy in Bradenton,Florida. These players will be identified during the NGS events at IMG Academy, as well as during theNGS regular season.The selected players will undergo testing in all performance disciplines for tracking purposes. Lectureson mental conditioning, nutrition, life skills and athletic management will be presented. To evaluate theirtalent, U.S. National staff coaches, American and international academy scouts and college coacheswill be invited to attend their games. © 2012 United Soccer Leagues LLC. All Rights Reserved. Do Not Copy or Redistribute.
  • 13. COACHING DEVELOPMENT & I360 CERTIFICATIONJust like players, coaches must continuouslyevolve to keep pace with the rapidly changinglandscape of athletics. To help NGS coachesstay ahead of the game, IMG specialists willintroduce them to advanced strategies andcutting-edge methodology. Coaches will learnhow to administer the I360 testing and why it isimportant, and will have the opportunity to earntheir I360 certification.To further benefit NGS clubs and coaches, NGSwill also conduct coaching webinars during theseason on various skill and tactical topics for bothfield players and goalkeepers. These coachingwebinars include guest coaches/speakersfrom international professional club academies,U.S. Soccer staff coaches and IMG coaches/specialists.In addition to the coaching webinars, the NGSNational Technical Director will conduct monthlyteleconferences with NGS club coaches toreview games played and to discuss playerperformance.The NGS technical training curriculum is basedon the U.S. Soccer Federation’s age-appropriatecoaching guidelines for field players andgoalkeepers. © 2012 United Soccer Leagues LLC. All Rights Reserved. Do Not Copy or Redistribute.
  • 14. NGS PARENTAL ROLENGS strongly recommends parental involvementin several key aspects of their child’s NGSexperience, all of which are critical to thedevelopment of the complete elite player. Parentsare encouraged to attend every NGS Phase inorder to familiarize themselves with the NGSCurriculum and IMG’s performance disciplines,as well as support their child.Additionally, NGS will conduct parent webinarsand provide educational information via anewsletter in an effort to keep parents connectedto their child’s NGS experience. © 2012 United Soccer Leagues LLC. All Rights Reserved. Do Not Copy or Redistribute.
  • 15. WHAT IS THE NGS INVITATIONAL?The Next Generation Series Invitational (NGSI) is the signature event of the Next Generation Series(NGS) cycle and is more than just another youth soccer tournament. The NGSI features a forward-looking, innovative, comprehensive, and unique development program designed to develop thecomplete elite youth soccer player through a defined regimen of competition, testing, and evaluation.The NGSI encompasses all of the elements of the NGS in an invitational competition format, and willgive a glimpse into what is to come in the inaugural NGS season in the fall of 2013.INVITATIONAL: I360 ATHLETIC ASSESSMENT & COMPETITIONDATES: MARCH 28TH - MARCH 31ST, 2013This event is designed to: 1) Introduce players, coaches and parents to IMG Academy performance disciplines 2) Conduct I360 testing to ascertain baseline sports performance levels for players 3) Invitational competitionDuring the NGS Invitational, the players andcoaches will be introduced to disciplines ofphysical conditioning, mental conditioning,nutrition, communication training, injuryprevention/recovery, life skills and vision trainingfor goalkeepers.Next, the players will be tested by the I360program on: sport-specific physical ability, mentalaptitude, and communicative skills. All of thesemeasurements, serving as the players’ baseline,will be entered into the NGS individual playerdata system to begin tracking performanceimprovement and serve as a comparison to otherplayers by age, gender and position.Teams will play matches against each other to gainmaximum competition in the most professional ofenvironments. © 2012 United Soccer Leagues LLC. All Rights Reserved. Do Not Copy or Redistribute.
  • 16. INVITATIONAL STRUCTURE & DATES1. AGE GROUPS: a. U12 & U14; Boys & Girls2. COMPETITORS The 2013 NGS Invitational will feature elite teams from around the country, allowing for a variety of competition.3. PARTICIPATING TEAMS (BY INVITATION ONLY) a. U14 Boys – 4 Teams Per Division x 2 Divisions = 8 Total b. U14 Girls – 4 Teams Per Division x 2 Divisions = 8 Total c. U12 Boys – 4 Teams Per Division x 2 Divisions = 8 Total d. U12 Girls – 4 Teams Per Division x 2 Divisions = 8 Total4. DATES March 28th - March 31st, 20135. LOCATION IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL6. COST $750 per team for NGS Invitational © 2012 United Soccer Leagues LLC. All Rights Reserved. Do Not Copy or Redistribute.
  • 17. CONTACT NGSABE THOMPSON JASON ARNOLD Director, NGS Senior Director, Youth Leagues abe.thompson@uslsoccer.com jason.arnold@uslsoccer.com Direct: 813.444.7647 Direct: 813.269.1353 Fax: 813.963.3807 Fax: 813.963.3807PETER MELLOR SCOTT DEANNational Technical Director Director of Soccer, IMG Academypeter.mellor@uslsoccer.com scott.dean@imgworld.comDirect: 813.269.1342 Direct: 941.739.7360Fax: 813.963.3807 Fax: 941 752 2544UNITED SOCCER LEAGUES1715 N. Westshore Blvd., Suite 825Tampa, FL 33607USA WWW.NGSSOCCER.COM © 2012 United Soccer Leagues LLC. All Rights Reserved. Do Not Copy or Redistribute.