We are focused on delivering world-class player development for the top talent in the U.S. and Canada. This requires a commitment to the central areas of player development.
The rules, regulations and format of MLS NEXT competitions are designed with the best interest of the player’s development. While team success is important and will be rewarded, the primary objective of the platform is to push individuals outside of their comfort zone, accelerate their growth and showcase their talents.
The daily environment is where the majority of development takes place. The eleven-month program provides more repetitions in high quality training environments than any league at any level in the U.S. and Canada.
High quality coaching is central to the development and growth of players. MLS NEXT coaches are committed to the development of players and receive continuing education specific to the best approaches to player development. We work and collaborate with global leaders in the space, including the French Football Federation, who has provided their world class training to over 100 coaches, and that number increases every year.
While winning games will always be important, MLS NEXT coaches are measured by the growth and development of each player – becoming a better athlete, growing as a person, attending college, and/or signing a professional contract are the true benchmarks of their success.
An often-overlooked segment of elite player development in youth sports is the implementation of plans for individual growth. MLS NEXT clubs are encouraged to develop holistic and individualized plans for the growth of each player, including technical, tactical, physical, mental, academic, and college placement.
MLS NEXT understands the importance of the college pathway and appreciate that participation in our platform provides a unique opportunity for talented players and college coaches to better evaluate this decision. This dynamic also applies to prospective National Team players. Therefore, we have been developing and implementing innovative approaches to address this issue, including:
'Valeo FC is proud to announce that the Valeo FC MLS NEXT Program is NOW FULLY FUNDED and will be offered free of cost for all Valeo MLS Next Team players beginning in the 2022-2023 season!' The free-to-play program titled MLS NEXT 'Generation' will give players the option of volunteering at charitable organizations or coaching their younger club-mates in lieu of paying club fees. “Valeo FC has always being a pioneer with offering scholarships and opportunity to players in New England. Our US Development Academy was fully founded and due to the pandemic, we were conservative with Mls Next and only funded it at 50%.” Says Corlton Simmond Director of Soccer Operations.
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