Today, MLS NEXT made the announcement that over 400 of the greatest young soccer teams from the United States and Canada would participate in over 600 games at the MLS NEXT Fest Showcase and Generation adidas Cup Qualifiers.
These events will take place throughout the United States and Canada. At the Empire Polo Ground in Indio, California, from Friday, December 2, to Thursday, December 8, the most talented young athletes from North America will have the opportunity to showcase their abilities in front of scouts and coaches from collegiate and professional teams, as well as national teams.
Get Ready for the MLS NEXT Fest Showcase!
More than 430 teams spanning six age divisions will compete against one another at the MLS NEXT Fest Showcase (U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, and U19). Every team will compete in three games over the course of four days.
The pairings will be determined by the divisions in which the teams compete, how competitive they were in prior competitions, and how competitive they were during the 2022–2023 MLS NEXT regular season.
Every person who takes part in MLS NEXT Fest will have the opportunity to compete in one of the four Best Of matches that will be held on December 4-6. These matches will put the top Showcase competitors against one another.
IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida will serve as the host venue for the 2019 edition of the Generation adidas Cup from April 1 to April 9.
In the U15 and U17 age divisions, there will be a total of 58 MLS Academies competing for seeding in the qualifiers. “These Qualifiers give MLS NEXT players, teams, and coaches a tremendous opportunity to show off their skills,” said Jason Davis of adidas Soccer.
Sporting Kansas City Academy to Send All Five Teams to MLS NEXT Fest
The Under-13, Under-14, Under-15, Under-17, and Under-19 squads from the Sporting Kansas City Academy will all be present at MLS NEXT Fest. The U-19 team from Sporting KC participated in the inaugural MLS NEXT Fest the year before last.
Both the U-15 and U-17 teams competed in qualifiers for the Generation adidas Cup. A number of different scouting agencies will be present at MLS NEXT Fest in search of outstanding prospects.
There will be a large number of collegiate and professional teams there, as well as Tony Lepore, who is the Director of Talent Identification for the United States Soccer Federation.
In addition, each game will be judged by a panel of seven MLS NEXT Match Evaluators, all of whom are either current or former professional players or coaches in the league.
This group includes Major League Soccer player Jalil Anibaba as well as former Major League Soccer superstar Sean Franklin (LA Galaxy, D.C. United, Vancouver Whitecaps FC) (Columbus Crew).
The MLS NEXT Match Evaluator Program has been running ever since it was originally presented during the MLS NEXT Cup in 2021. This event marked the program’s debut.
MLS NEXT Fest: The ultimate destination for World Cup shopping, gaming, and more!
Teqball, a spot to watch the World Cup, shopping and gaming opportunities, and more more will be available at the adidas athlete HQ at MLS NEXT Fest, which will be located away from the playing field.
Players will also get access to TOCA Football and Rezzil’s technologically advanced soccer experiences when they check in to the HQ. These experiences are designed to assist players in developing their skills.
At the site, both players and fans will have the opportunity to purchase MLS NEXT clothing throughout the event. The assortment features headwear and apparel in every hue and pattern imaginable, including all the colours of the rainbow.
The MLS NEXT Fest store, which is situated within the Athlete Headquarters, will be operational throughout the entirety of the event.
Because MLS NEXT staged three days of virtual programming from November 28-30, everyone involved in the game, including the players, coaches, and referees, was well prepared for the big game.
During the course of the week, there were two online coaching education sessions held. Some of the people that spoke at the event included Houston Dynamo 2 goalkeeping coach Jason Grubb, Le Havre AC preformation director Michael Bunel, and MLS vice president of player and youth development Fred Lipka.
Each of the two organisations, the Professional Referees Organization (PRO) and the Officials Management Group (OMG), hosted its own separate forums. The OMG topic focused on referee education, while the PRO forum discussed the various ways in which soccer can be adapted.