The U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) 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 (ENYYSA), region (Region I) and the United States in soccer competitions.
ODP Teams are formed at the state association and regional level, made up of the best players in various age groups.
All players are eligible to attend tryouts. Any player who is not playing for a team affiliated with ENYYSA will pay a higher tryout and registration fee. Players may only participate in the state where they reside. If you play for a U.S. Soccer Development Academy you are not eligible, as per their guidelines.
How are Players Selected?
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)
Upon selection an ODP player is expected to register in the ODP on-line registration system and participate in all activities with their team. The activities may include exhibition matches, invitational tournaments, etc... Furthermore, ODP is designed to supplement club training. However, there are times that conflicts arise. ENYYSA works closely with our affiliated clubs and follows these guidelines:
- ODP training takes precedence over "affiliated" club practice.
- "affiliated" Club games take precedence over ODP training.
- ODP game(s) take precedence over "affiliated" club practice.
- A club game takes precedence over an ODP friendly game.
- ODP Tournament (showcase) game(s) take precedence over "affiliated" club games and tournaments.
- Region I games / events take precedence over ODP and "affiliated" club games/events.
Benefits of Participation
- Development as a player.
- Opportunity to play with the best players.
- Quality instruction from nationally licensed coaches.
- Quality competition.
- Exposure to Regional and National Coaches.
- The opportunity to represents one's sate, region or country in competition.
- Exposure to college coaches.
For questions about the ODP program, contact your local ODP administrator:
Brian Riesenburger, ODP South Administrator
Wendy Beevers, ODP North Administrator