Solar Soccer Club has been selected to participate in the inaugural Bio-Banding Initiative. Solar is 1 of 4 clubs invited to participate.
As part of its ongoing effort to develop world class players, coaches, and referees, U.S. Soccer and the High Performance Department have launched the Bio-Banding Initiative.
Bio-banding allows players to be grouped based on their maturity and biological age and not by their chronological age. By doing this, massive swings in maturity that can be seen within the current chronological groupings are removed. By grouping players based on maturity, the physical advantages that early maturing players have when playing against less mature players are reduced.
As an additional player development tool, bio-banding will allow participating Academy club coaches and staff, and U.S. Soccer Talent Identification to evaluate players in an environment where physical advantages are less of a factor. This initiative allows for a better environment for individual player development.
On April 21-22, 2018 at the Round Rock Multiple Purpose Complex in Round Rock, Texas, U.S. Soccer’s High Performance Department will be hosting the first ever Bio-Banded event in any sport in the United States. The event will include four (4) Development Academy clubs, including both boys and girls teams from the U-14, U-15, and U-16/17 age groups compete in friendly games where the teams are organized by maturity and biological age. U.S. Soccer staff will be on-site during the event to evaluate this initiative and will report any takeaways for potential future implementation in your club environment.
For a better understanding on the Bio-Banding Initiative, please click the link below to watch a brief video. Also, attached is the Bio-Banding FAQ.