Olympic Development Program (ODP) Mission Statement
To be the premier provider of quality soccer training to elite youth soccer players in the United States and guide
them to identification at the national level.
USYS-Europe Soccer's Olympic Development Program has identified and
provided supplemental training and competitive opportunities for players with the
goal of advancement to US Youth Soccer Region 1 teams and ultimately, national
team selections. Through training and international competition, ODP also provides
players with exposure to college coaches.
What is ODP?
The US YOUTH SOCCER Olympic Development Program, or ODP as it is more commonly
called, is a national identification and development program for high-level players. The program
identifies and develops youth players throughout the country to represent their state association,
region and the United States in soccer competition. ODP teams are formed at the state association
and regional levels, made up of the best players in various age groups. At the state association
level, pools of players are identified in each eligible age group, and brought together as a team to
develop their skill through training and competition. From the state pools and subsequent teams,
players are identified for regional and national pools and teams.
What are the Goals of USYS –Europe ODP?
To develop and train the best soccer players in USYS-Europe. Provide opportunities to be
identified for the Region One Team and the Youth National Teams.
Who is Eligible?
Any soccer player is eligible for consideration in ODP, provided that he or she meets the age
requirements for the established age group. A player may try out in the state association in which
he or she is eligible to be registered. A player may not try out for the ODP in more than one state
association. Tryouts are conducted at various times of the year. Interested players should check
their state web site or contact USYS-Europe state office for dates and details.
How are Players Selected?
Players are selected, in most states, on the basis of open tryouts. These tryouts are conducted by
state association coaches who are recognized for their ability to identify and train players with
superior skills. Some state associations combine scouting techniques and invitations to certain
players with the open tryouts. Selection of these players is not an easy task. The state association
head coach or State Coach will, in most cases, be assisted in the selection process by several other
qualified coaches from the club or league level.
Players are evaluated on the four components that make up a soccer player:
3.Fitness and athletic ability
4.Psychological component (attitude)
What do ODP Players do?
Upon selection, a state association ODP player is expected to participate in all activities of their
team. These activities may include exhibition matches, invitational tournaments and sub-regional
and regional camps. If players are not available for a specific event, they may be replaced by
another player from their player pool. Players are expected to take their participation in the
program seriously, and should be committed to improving their individual skills as well as
improving as a team player. Players are subject to the ODP Code of Conduct upon entry into the
program at the state association level.
What are Regional Camps?
US YOUTH SOCCER is divided into four regions, each of which offers a regional camp for state
association ODP teams in each eligible age group. The camps are designed to provide high level
competition and training for participating players. During this training and competition, players
who are capable of performing at a higher level of play are identified for possible national camp,
pool or team participation. Each region varies somewhat as to the specifics and the cost of their
camps. Your state association or regional administrator should be contacted for more information.
What is a National Camp?
National Camps and Interregional events are held throughout the year at various locations in the
United States. The National Team Coach or a National Staff Coach is present at these events to
observe, train and identify players for placement in the national pool or on a national team.
What are the Benefits of Participating in US Youth Soccer ODP:
1.The opportunity to train and play with the best players in one's age group.
2.Quality instruction from nationally licensed coaches.
3.Quality competition. Games against other state association ODP teams.
4.Exposure to regional and national team coaches.
5.The opportunity to represent one's state, region or country in competition.
6.Exposure to college coaches.
Responsibilities of Players and Parents:
Devotion to the Game - This level is typically represented by players who have selected soccer as
their sole competitive activity.
Time Commitment - Players are expected to attend all training sessions and games. Any absences
must be documented and approved by the Director of Coaching.
Communication - PLAYERS, not parents, are expected to communicate with age group coaches,
the Area Directors or the Director of Coaching regarding any question or area of concern.
Pay Attention - Please pay particular attention to ALL deadlines and instructions for various
activities. Adherence to these dates is key to reducing hassles and costs.
USYS - Europe Youth Soccer asks that you be sensitive to the pressure that most players feel
when participating in these events. Your POSITIVE ENCOURAGEMENT toward all players, at
all levels of state team functions, is appreciated. Please limit your contact with coaches/selectors
during these events. USYS-Europe appreciates the time and commitment parents make on behalf
of the players.