The History of Caps in Soccer
In British sport, a cap is a metaphorical term for a player's appearance in a game at international level. The term dates from the practice in the United Kingdom of awarding a cap to every player in an international match of association football. In the early days of football, the concept of each team wearing a set of matching shirts had not been universally adopted, so each side would distinguish itself from the other by wearing a specific sort of cap.
Today the term "cap" for an international appearance has been retained as an indicator of the number of occasions on which a sportsperson has represented a team in a particular sport. Thus, a "cap" is awarded for each game played and so a player who has played x games, for the team, is said to have been capped x times or have won x caps.
US Men's and Women's Soccer Most "Capped" Players
132 CAPS (Current)
228 CAPS (Current)
CAPS was created with the above sustained success in mind. To sustain that success at such an elite level is a symbol of excellence in and of itself. It is this characteristic of excellence that we strive for everyday in our program.
While the success of our teams has increased over the past few seasons, we continue to be focused on long-term player development. Many of our players have advanced their skills through our 3rd day training sessions which include speed and agility, goalkeeping and technical development. We have players currently participating in ODP, Next Gen USA, and EDP development programs. This commitment to player development will continue to be a hallmark of CAPS as we continue to grow.