USA Field Hockey


While working within USA Field Hockey's mission, the Futures Program continually works to develop athletes for future consideration to the U.S. National Teams. Futures athletes experience individual and small game training to understand the game and develop their field hockey abilities.

At the conclusion of the training portion of the Futures Program, each of the nine regions conduct a Regional Futures Tournament where the top athletes in each age group are selected to move onto the National Futures Championship. For the U-16 and U-19 age divisions, athletes will be placed on a Regional Team which will provide an additional training opportunity. The U-14 age division athletes will be selected to move on to the National Futures Championship and will play on mixed region teams.

All National Futures Championship athletes will have the opportunity to be selected to various other elite programs, including the Junior U.S. Women's National teams and AAU Junior Olympic Games. All high school athletes must continue to be registered in the Futures Program to participate in these additional elite programs.


USA Field Hockey has conducted multiple event evaluations for Futures athletes. Event evaluations at select USA Field Hockey tournaments allow athletes to have the possibility of advancing into a Level 1 Futures Training site in their region. USA Field Hockey is excited to continue this opportunity for athletes that are in the Futures Program and meet the criteria that is specified by USA Field Hockey. 

This great opportunity will be offered again at the 2019 National Hockey Festival, presented by CranBarry. Details about this selection opportunity will be sent to club administrators and participants attending the event.

REGIONAL TEAMS (U-16 & U-19 only)

Regional Teams are be selected at the Regional Futures Tournaments. Some regions will have multiple teams per age group based on the number of athletes participating in that region. The Regional Teams are coached by the top coaches in that region and under go an additional weekend-long training (8 hours) before the National Futures Championship. At the National Futures Championship, the Regional Teams compete against one another. 


The Regional Teams compete at the National Futures Championship each June. Through athletes participation at the National Futures Championship they have an opportunity for selection to advanced USA Field Hockey Olympic Development Programs. The following selection opportunities are available directly from the National Futures Championship.


The Junior National Camp is the premier camp for Under-21 athletes, comprised of the top 110 athletes selected from the National Futures Championship. Based on their performances from the camp, athletes may earn selection to additional USA Field Hockey programs including the U.S. U-17, U-19 and U-21 Women's National Teams.


The Amateur Athletic Union’s premier multi-sport event, the AAU Junior Olympic Games bring together more than 12,000 athletes to compete in 24 sports. In the sport of field hockey, USA Field Hockey selects eight U-16 teams to participate in the annual event. The event provides U-16 athletes the opportunity to experience an Olympic-like multi-sport competition while enjoying the camaraderie and inspiration from other top athletes in other featured sports.



Following Junior National Camp, where athletes showcase their skills in front of National Team selectors, the U.S. U-21, U-19 and U-17 Women's National Team head coaches name athletes to the U.S. Junior Women's National Teams. These athletes will have the opportunity to represent Team USA internationally and junior international competitions as well as at an annual friendly test series abroad. 

Click here to view the Olympic Development Pathway.