The Development Academy has announced the schedule for the 2016 Winter Showcase, to be held in Lakewood Ranch, FL, Dec. 1-5 and can be found on the Event Hub website. The event will include 74 U-15/16 and 72 U-17/18 Academy clubs, and will be held in conjunction with the 2016 Nike International Friendlies. The Winter Showcase provides Academy teams meaningful games against a variety of competition from throughout the country. The event focuses on player, coach and referee development and also serves as a premier opportunity for talent identification.

The Winter Showcase schedule will feature 219 games, and the Academy will highlight the quality of clubs and players with six Feature Games. The matchups were selected to provide competitive games, as well as highlight clubs who exemplify the Academy philosophy.

Previous Feature Games at Winter Showcase have produced excitement and attracted strong online viewership. The 2015 matchup between LA Galaxy U-15/16 and Philadelphia Union U-15/16 saw three goals in the final three minutes, with LAG winning 4-3.

The Feature Games will be streamed live by U.S. Soccer. The links will be available at www.ussoccerda.com and via Twitter @ussoccer_acad 24 hours prior to the kickoff of each game.

Feature Game schedule for the 2016 Winter Showcase (all times ET):