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What is ODP?


1) What is ODP?

The US YOUTH SOCCER Olympic Development Program, or ODP as it is more commonly called, is a 

nationaidentification and development program for high-level players. The program identifies and d

evelops youth playersthroughout 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 agegroups. At the state association level or Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA), pools of players areidentified in each eligible age group, brought together as 

team to develop their skill through training andcompetition. From the state pools and subsequent teams, players are identified for regional and national poolsand teams. 


2) What are the Goals of ODP?

  • To identify a pool of players in each age group from which a United States National Team will be selected forinternational competition.     
  • To provide high level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels.
  • Through the use of carefully selected licensed coaches, develop a mechanism for the enhancement of ideasand curriculum to improve all levels of coaching.


3) Who iEligible?

All players are eligible to attend tryouts.  Any player that is not affiliated (i.e. plays with a League / Club afiliated with ENYYSA) the tryout fee is higher.   Players may only participate in ODP in the state where they reside.  Additionally, players participating in the US Soccer Development Academy are not eligble to participate.  Development Academy Guidelines 


4) How are Players Selected?

Players are selected on the basis of open tryouts. These tryouts are conducted by ENYYSA qualified coaches,who are recognized for their ability to identify and train players with superior skills.  Selection of players is notan easy task. Therefore, ENYYSA Coaches will be assisted in the selection process by several other qualifiedcoaches from the club or league level. Players are evaluated on four components that make up a soccer player:

1.     technique

2.     tactics

3.     fitness and athletic ability

4.    psychological component (attitude)


5) What do ODP Players do?

Upon selection, an ODP player is expected to register in the ODP on-line registration system and participate inall activities of their team. These activities may include exhibition matches, invitational tournaments andsub-regional and regional camps. If players are not available for a specific event, another player from theirpool may replace them.  Players are expected to take their participation in the program seriously, andshould be committed to improving their individual skills as well as improving as a team player. Playersare subject to the ODP Code of Conduct upon entry into the ENYYSA ODP Program.

Furthermore, ODP is designed to supplement club training.  However, there are times that there are conflicts.  ENYYSA works closely with our clubs and follow these guidelines:  

  • ODP training takes precedence over club practice
  • Club games take precedence over ODP training
  • ODP game(s) take precedence over club practice
  • A club game takes precedence over an ODP friendly game
  • ODP tournament (showcase) game(s) takes precedence over a club games and tournament
  • Region I games / events takes precedence over ODP and Club games and events

6) What is Region I ODP Tournament?


The US Youth Soccer Region I ODP Tournament is for boys and girls who participate with their State Associations ODP Team.  The ODP Tournament includes under 13 through under 17 age groups.  However, under 13 and 14 play a festival foramt, where as under 15 to 17 play a championship format.  Winner in the championship event advance to the Semi-Finals in Kirkwood, Delware.

ENYYSA selects players from each age division pool to participate with the "State Tournament Team".   Players are required to register for these events.  



7) What are Regional Camps?

Each Region of Each Region of US Youth Soccer offers a Regional ID Camp for StateAssociation ODP teams in each eligibleage 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 areidentified for possible national camp, or pool or team participation. 

ENYYSA is in Region I (comprised of 15 states) and the Region I ID Camps are generally in July.  The boys are identified and may be invited back to the boys Region I ID Call Back Camp, for an additional cost to the Region. The Girls are identified and placed in pools.  The Region will then contact about upcoming events.


8) What is a National Camp?

 National Camps and Interreginal events are held throughout the year at vaious locations in teh United States.  The National Coaching Staff is present at these events toobserve, train and identify players for the National Pool or National Team.




9) What are the Benefits of Participating in ODP?


 1. Development as a player.  The opportunity to train and play with the best players.

 2.   Quality instruction from nationally licensed coaches.   

 3.   Quality competition. Competitive games against otheODP 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.




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