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ODP

(Updated August 2014)

The U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, or ODP as it is more commonly known, is a National, Regional, State and District Team Identification and Development Program for high level players. In addition, it also serves as a recruiting hotbed for College coaches.

 

What are the Benefits of Participating in ODP?

 
  • Exposure to Regional and National team coaches
  • The opportunity to represent one's District, State, Region, or Country in competition
  • Exposure to College coaches
  • Opportunity to participate in foreign tours
  • Development as a player. The opportunity to train and play with the best players in one's age group
  • Quality instruction from licensed coaches
  • Quality competition. Also, for those who are selected for the state team, games against other State Association ODP teams
 

How are Players Selected?

Players are selected on the basis of open tryouts and invitations. These tryouts are conducted by state association coaches who are recognized for their ability to identify and train players with superior skills. 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.
 
Players are evaluated on the four components that make up a soccer player:
 
  1. Technique
  2. Tactical Understanding of the Game
  3. Fitness and Athletic Ability
  4. Attitude
 
There are four steps to being selected as an ODP Ohio South State team player;
 

Phase 1: District Training

 
2000 – 2004 birth years only
 
  • There are 6 total training dates in Phase 1 (ODP District Training)
  • Six training dates are in November (Outdoors). These are held in three separate locations in Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus
  • After Phase 1 is completed in November, 2000 – 2003 District Teams are selected and players invited back for Phase 2. District Team selections will be posted on the OSYSA website and players notified in late January
  • In addition, all 2004 age group players will be invited back to participate in Phase 2. This will give the players a 'taste' of what to expect the following year when selections occur
 

Phase 2: ODP District Festival

 
2000 – 2004 birth years only
 
  • Those players selected to represent their district (2000 - 2003 birth years only) will compete in the District Festival. This is a two day tournament in late March/early April. The winning District will be presented with the magnificent OSYSA District Champions trophy
  • After the tournament is completed, State pools are selected and players invited back for Phase 3. State Pool selections will be posted on the OSYSA website and players notified by mid April
  • In addition, 2004 birth year players will be involved in their own event at the Festival. All players will be 'scrambled' on teams playing against each other. This gives the players extra training and an experience of the event for next year. This event will mark the conclusion for the year for the 2004 age group.
 

Phase 2: ODP College Showcase

 
1996 through 1999 only (optional event - 2000 birth year players who are freshmen in High School)
 
  • Open tryout – 3 training sessions over two days
  • 1996 and 1997 age group players enter the ODP process at this phase.
  • 1996 and 1997 age groups participate in the College Showcase only
  • 1998 and 1999 age group players enter the ODP process at this phase
  • After the tournament is completed, 1998 and 1999 State pools are selected and players invited back for Phase 3. State Pool selections will be posted on the OSYSA website and players notified by late April
 

Phase 3: State Pool Training

 
1998 – 2003 birth years only
 
  • There are 8 scheduled training sessions for each State Pool. All training sessions will be in the month of June and early July. The schedule is twice a week – usually Wednesday and Saturday sessions
  • There are 16 State Pool groups (see table below)
Boys
 Girls
 
1998
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
1999
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
2000
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
2001 Older
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
2001 Younger
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
2002 Older
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
2002 Younger
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
2003
Pool of 45 - 55 players
(40 players usually attend Regional camp)
1998
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
1999
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
2000
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
2001 Older
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
2001 Younger
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
2002 Older
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
2002 Younger
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
2003
Pool of 45 - 55 players
(40 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
  • Older State Pools consist of January through June birth months
  • Younger State team Pools consist of July through December birth months
  • In mid/late June, players selected to the State Teams attending Regional Camp are announced. State Team selections will be posted on the OSYSA website and players notified.
  • Those players from the State Pool not selected will be named alternates to the State Team and will continue to train until their team leaves for Regional Camp. Every year, players withdraw due to family emergencies, injuries or other situations that impact their ability to attend Regional Camp. At that time, alternates will be offered a position on the State Team
  • State Teams attend Regional Camp in early July over a three week period. For 2014, this time period will probably be the first three weeks in July
 

Phase 4: Regional Camp

 
1998 – 2003 birth years only
 
  • Girls Regional camp is scheduled to be in Rockford, IL
  • Boys Regional camp is scheduled to be in Rockford, IL
 
 

How Much does it Cost?

 

2000 – 2004 Birth Years

 
  • Early Registration opens in late August
  • The early registration fee for ODP is $120.00 (Phase 1 and 2). After September 28th the standard registration fee is $150.00. Fee covers registration, six district training sessions and t-shirt
  • Onsite Registration is $160.00. Please note that any player who registers on site is not guaranteed an ODP t-shirt
  • For those selected to their District team, the Phase 2 Festival tournament is also included with their registration fee
  • For those selected to the State Pool (Phase 3), the early State Pool training fee is $85.00. After May 10th, the standard State Pool training fee is $105.00. This includes all State Pool training sessions
  • If a player is selected to attend Regional Camp (Phase 4), the camp fee is estimated to be anywhere from $575-$795 (depending on number of days at camp). This includes Regional Camp fees, bus transportation to and from camp, housing, meals while at camp, uniform (if required by Region II), training Shirt(s), shorts(s) and sack pack.
 
1998 and 1999 Birth Years
  • Early Registration opens on January 5th
  • The early registration fee for ODP is $75.00 (Phase 2). After January 25th , the standard registration fee is $95.00. Fee covers registration, three district training sessions and t-shirt. Please note - we anticipate this event to have a waitlist and be full by this date
  • There is no Onsite Registration
  • For those selected to the State Pool (Phase 3), the early State Pool training fee is $85.00. After May 10th, the standard State Pool training fee is $105.00. This includes all State Pool training sessions
  • If a player is selected to attend Regional Camp (Phase 4), the camp fee is estimated to be anywhere from $575-$795 (depending on number of days at camp). This includes Regional Camp fees, bus transportation to and from camp, housing, meals while at camp, uniform (if required by Region II), training Shirt(s) shorts (s) and sack pack
 
 

What Should I do if I am Not Selected?

 
Tryout the following year!!! The ODP program is for youth players who are developing technically, tactically, physically and emotionally. We all develop at different ages and at different rates. For this reason, it should be noted that the ODP process is completely new each year. Our teams are filled with players who were not selected in any given age group the year before.
 
 
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