Met Oval and its Youth Center off Excellence thrived this year promoting a technical and cognitive based curriculum that accelerated development of the players in the club. Many milestones were met including, the addition of UEFA Pro / A and USSF B licensed coaches, expansion of our player pathways, implementing use of sports technology and strong team results.
Met Oval 01's Head to Nationals
The Met Oval’s 2001 team had a stellar year competing in the NEPAL Pre Academy league, attaining a Playoff spot and going on to win three straight road playoffs games culminating in a 3-2 victory over Philly Union that propelled them in the NPL National Finals in Indiana.
Oval Teams Thrive
Met Oval’s USSF academy teams continued their strong showing through the spring with a series of noteworthy performances. U14’s drew with Philly Union, U12’s beat the Red Bulls and U13’s going undefeated against NY academy teams. More importantly the accelerated development ofplayers is in full view as the technical and cognitive training was evident in game play.
Met Oval’s younger groups thrived in the NYCFC and Pre Academy academy leagues proving that early foundational development is key to building an elite player. Our satellite programs in Long Island as well as Brooklyn have facilitated a broader base of talent and elite player potential.
Leader in Sports Technology
Met Oval invests in sports technology systems that no other academy clubs of the region utilize. Met Oval has partnered with FieldVision to install the first operator less camera system at our Youth Center of Excellence. The permanently installed system allows for the club to film all training and game events at the oval without need for a camera operator. The footage is automatically uploaded to the cloud and accessible by the coaches and players for review. This allows coaches to better the developmental environment while allowing kids the chance to experience a professional game film environment. This spring, academy teams had video review once a week and this will expand to all teams in the club as well as the addition of live streamed games. In conjunction to the FieldVision system, Met Oval has been using ChyronHego’s PAINT application for analytics and education of related to film tape. This professionalgrade application is used by hundred of professional clubs and broadcasters world wide to provide more insight from footage.
Met Oval continues to be a leader in player development placing the highest number of players in regional USSF talent ID centers and into the NYCFC academy program. Over the past 2 years, more then 20 Met Oval players have been selected for the NYCFC academy, more then double any other club. In USSF regional ID training events, Met Oval players represented on average of 35% of invited players. We had one current player called up to a Youth National team camp and over 10 former Met Oval players called in to USSF youth national team camps or trips this past year.
The Metropolitan Oval is a USSF Development Academy and Nike Premier Club dedicated to developing New York's elite level soccer talent at our Youth Center of Excellence while offering youth of all backgrounds the opportunity to play soccer in a committed environment. Our 'Professional Pathway' places players in youth national team programs, MLS and Int'l academies and collegiate programs. In the past years, Met Oval has placed more youth players in MLS and Int'l academies then any other club in the region.
The Met Oval's soccer facility in Queens was originally built in 1925 by immigrants from Germany and Hungary, and remains the most historic soccer facility in the United States. The Met Oval is a Non Profit organization and the only New York City soccer club that owns its own field and related facilities and now has additional programs in Long Island and Brooklyn
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