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What Is ODP?

(Updated September 2020)

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

2006 – 2012 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, 2006 – 2010 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 2011 & 2012 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.
2003 – 2005 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 TBD.
  • After Phase 1 is completed in April, 2003 - 2005 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 2003 - 2005 age groups; players will be selected straight into Phase 3 (State Pool training) in June.

Phase 2: ODP District Festival

2006 – 2012 Birth Years only:
  • Those players selected to represent their district (2006 - 2010 birth years only) will compete in the District Festival. This is a one day tournament in early April. The winning team will be presented with the magnificent OSYSA District Champions trophy.  All players will be 'scrambled' on teams playing against each other.
  • 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, 2011 & 2012 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 2011 & 2012 age group.

Phase 3: State Pool Training

2003 – 2010 Birth Years only:
  • There are 7 scheduled training sessions for each State Pool. 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)
  • 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

2003 – 2010 Birth Years only:
  • Girls & Boys Sub-Regional event is scheduled to be at Grand Park, Indiana.
  • Dates TBD

Phase 5: Region II ODP Elite ID Camp

2003 – 2008 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).

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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