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What is ODP?

(Updated August 2016)

 

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

 
2002 – 2008 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, 2002 – 2006 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 December
  • In addition, all 2007 & 2008 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 1: State Pool Tryouts

 
2000 – 2001 birth years only
 
  • There are 5 total training dates in Phase 1 (ODP District Training)
  • Four training dates are in November (Outdoors) and one in April (Outdoors). These are all held in the Dayton area at Hobson Freedom Park
  • After Phase 1 is completed in April, 2000 & 2001 State Pools are selected and players invited back for Phase 3. State Pool selections will be posted on the OSYSA website and players notified
  • Again -please note - there is no Phase 2 for the 2000 & 2001 age groups; players will be selected straight into Phase 3 (State Pool training) in June
 

Phase 2: ODP District Festival

 
2002 – 2008 birth years only
 
  • Those players selected to represent their district (2002 - 2006 birth years only) will compete in the District Festival. This is a two day tournament in late March/early April. The winning team 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, 2007 & 2008 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 2007 & 2008 age group.
 
 

Phase 3: State Pool Training

 
2000 – 2006 birth years only
 
  • There are 7 scheduled training sessions for each State Pool. Usually training sessions are usually in the months of May & June. The schedule is usually Wednesday and Saturday/Sunday sessions - but subject to change (see ODP Calendar)
  • There are 16 State Pool groups (see table below)
Boys
 Girls
 
2000
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2001
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2002
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2003 Older
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2003 Younger
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2004 Older
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2004 Younger
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2005/2006
Pool of 45 - 55 players
(40 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
2000
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2001
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2002
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2003 Older
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2003 Younger
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2004 Older
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2004 Younger
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2005/2006
Pool of 45 - 55 players
(40 players usually attend Region II Developmental 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 the Region II Sub-regional event 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 the Sub-Regional event. Every year, players withdraw due to family emergencies, injuries or other situations that impact their ability to attend the Sub-Regional event. At that time, alternates will be offered a position on the State Team
  • State Teams attend the Sub-Regional event in late June
 

Phase 4: ODP Sub-Regional Event

 
2000 – 2006 birth years only
 
  • Girls & Boys Sub-Regional event is scheduled to be in St. Louis, MO
  • June 20 - 22, 2017

 

Phase 5: Region II ODP Elite ID camp

 
2000 – 2004 birth years only
  • All players selected for this event will be invited directly by the Regional staff
  • Players will be selected based upon prior performances in Phase 1 - 4, Regional Team events and performance at the Sub-Regional Event (ODP Challenge Cup)
 
 

How Much does it Cost?

 

2002 – 2008 Birth Years

  • Early Registration opens in late August
  • The early registration fee for ODP is $145.00 (Phase 1 and 2). After September 25th the standard registration fee is $175.00. Fee covers registration, six district training sessions and t-shirt
  • Onsite Registration is $185.00. 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 $100.00 - $150.00 (TBC). After May 14th, the standard State Pool training fee is $125.00 - $175.00 (TBC). This includes all State Pool training sessions
  • The fees for the Sub-Regional event, Region II Elite ID camp and Region II Developmental camp have yet to be determined

 

2000 & 2001 Birth Years

  • Early Registration opens in late August
  • The early registration fee for ODP is $100.00 (Phase 1). After September 25th the standard registration fee is $130.00. Fee covers registration, four state pool tryout  sessions and t-shirt
  • Onsite Registration is $140.00. Please note that any player who registers on site is not guaranteed an ODP t-shirt
  • For those selected to the State Pool (Phase 3), the early State Pool training fee will be approx. $100.00 - $150.00 (TBC) After May 14th, the standard State Pool training fee is $125.00 - $175.00 (TBC) This includes all State Pool training sessions
  • The fees for the Sub-Regional event or Region II Elite ID camp have yet to be determined
 

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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