The US Youth Soccer ODP Philosophy
To identify players of the highest caliber on a continuing and consistent basis, which will lead to increased success for the U.S. National Teams in the international arena.
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 (OSA), region (South Region) and the United States in soccer competitions.
ODP Teams are formed at the Oklahoma Soccer Association and regional level, made up of the best players in various age groups.
US Soccer Committed to Olympic Development Program
US Soccer CEO/Secretary General expresses the Federation's continued commitment to scout the US Youth Soccer ODP system.
Dan Flynn, US Soccer CEO/Secretary General, stated the Federation's "commitment to scout the US youth Soccer ODP program as it currently is executed throughout the country. The current ODP system is one of the critical components to US Soccer’s player identification activities and we remain confident in the long-term benefits of how it will continue to contribute to the overall player development process in the Unitec States."
Who is Eligible?
Any soccer player is eligible for consideration in the US Youth Soccer ODP if he or she meets the age requirements for the established age group. A player may try out in the state association in which he or she is eligible to be registered. A player may not try out for the ODP in more than one state association.
Eligible Age Groups:
- Boys & Girls born in 2003
- Boys & Girls born in 2004
- Boys & Girls born in 2005
- Boys & Girls born in 2006
- Boys & Girls born in 2007
- Boys & Girls born in 2008
- Boys & Girls born in 2009
Program Description History
In 1979, the program expanded, the organization became more efficient and multi-year plans were developed. State Associations were encouraged to develop programs which supported and worked in tandem with National and Regional programs. At the beginning of 1982 a formalized program for girls was created, with the addition of a full committee (one member from each Region).
From 1982 until the present, international events for youth national teams have increased substantially and the US Youth Soccer ODP has kept pace by instituting trials and player pools for five age groups in the boys' program, and five age groups in the girls' program.
The US Youth Soccer ODP Selection Process
Each State Association holds ODP try-outs on an annual basis. Age Groups and try-out dates may be different from state to state, based on seasonal and state considerations. Your first contact should be to your State Association for try-out information.
How are Players Selected?
Players are selected, in most states, based on open tryouts. These tryouts are conducted by state association coaches who are recognized for their ability to identify and train players with superior skills. Some state associations combine scouting techniques and invitations to certain players with the open tryouts. 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:
- Fitness and Athletic Ability
- Psychological Component (attitude)
What are Regional Camps?
US Youth Soccer is divided into four regions, each which offers a regional camp for state association ODP teams in each eligible age group. The camps are designed to provide high level competition and training for participating players. During this training and competition, players who can perform at a higher level of play are identified for possible national team camp, pool, or team participation. Each region varies somewhat as to the specifics and the cost of their camps. Your state association or regional administrator should be contacted for more information.
What is a National Camp?
National Camps and Interregional events are held throughout the year at various locations in the United States. The National Team Coach or a National Staff Coach is present at these events to observe, train, and identify players for placement in the national pool or on a national team.
What are the Benefits of Participating in US Youth Soccer ODP?
- Development as a player. The opportunity to train and play with the best players in one's age group.
- Quality instruction from nationally licensed coaches.
- Quality competition. Games against other state association ODP teams.
- Exposure to regional and national team coaches.
- The opportunity to represent one's state, region, or country in competition.
- Exposure to college coaches.
ODP Player Manual
Oklahoma ODP PTS & PPC’s
Pool Training Session (PTS):
These will be conducted by the Head Coach or Assistant Coach for the appropriate Pool aged groups.
The sessions will be conducted taking into consideration the following:
- US Soccer’s Grassroots Player Development Philosophy:
“At the grassroots level, children learn and develop to their full potential through game-like experiences in an enjoyable environment that supports individual growth.”
- US Soccer’s 6 Tasks of a Coach:
6 Tasks of a Coach
- US Soccer’s 11v11 Player Development Initiatives (PDI’s):
Player Development Initiatives
Player Performance Center (PPC’s):
These will be conducted by a group of Senior ODP Staff Coaches, that may or may not involve the same age or gender group coaching staff.
There will be PPC’s throughout the season, 1 x PPC on each side of the state.
These training sessions will still consist mostly of what is involved in a PTS, but they will also be functional and player position specific in needs also, based on US Soccer’s PDI’s and System of Play (4-3-3)
Basic Outline of a PPC:
(Session duration, 90 minutes total)
Play 1 x 30 minutes, total (Functional/Positional Training with Staff Coaches)
Practice 1 x 30 minutes, total (Small sided games 6v6/7v7+GK’s)
Play 2 x 30 minutes, total (11v11 games)
Junior Performance Centers (JPC):
We will be looking to conduct between 2-4 JPC’s throughout the season.
These are basically the same at the ODP PPC’s but for U11-U12 Academy and Recreational Players. This is for purely introducing the Grassroots Methodology and getting them familiar with the ODP environment, as there will be no events for these players to attend.
We are also looking into some weekend/overnight camps/clinics throughout the season, so please keep checking the website for any updates.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us:
email@example.com David Yates, Oklahoma State Technical Director
firstname.lastname@example.org Adam Kenes, Assistant Director of Coaching/ODP Administrator
Oklahoma Soccer Association (OSA) continues to be committed to the statewide development of our Olympic Development Program (ODP), and the ODP coaches and players, during 2018-19.
We will be conducting several ODP Training Centers throughout the state, so we can evaluate and identify our states top level players, that want to challenge themselves and continue to develop and potentially reach Region and National pool/teams levels.
We will continue to maintain US Soccer’s National Team system, utilize Player Development Initiative’s (PDI’s) as well as incorporate US Soccer’s new Grassroots Methodology and Philosophy.
This will allow us to create a much more “Player Centered” training environment, through reality based training and experiential learning.
Our ODP Coaching staff will consist of club, high school and college levels who hold a national license, that are understanding of our Region/South style of play and individual players continued development.
Recent ODP News
Oklahoma Soccer's David Yates has been selected as the new ODP Technical Director of Player Development
David Yates has been a part of the Oklahoma Olympic Development Program since arriving in Oklahoma in 2003.
He has been the head coach of many age groups and assisted previous State Directors of Coaching as lead Instructor for ODP Training Centers and Sub Regional & Regional camps.
David was the head coach of the 93 ODP boys, which would the 2009 Region 3 championship and were finalist in the National Championship with Southern California
David holds a US Soccer A License. He is also a US Soccer Grassroots Instructor, 1 of only 2 in our state
We believe Dave is the perfect coach to lead the charge of our ODP Mission Statement. OSA continues to be committed to the statewide development of our Olympic Development Program, and the ODP coaches and players, during the 2018-19 season.
Oklahoma Soccer's Adam Kenes will continue as ODP Administrator
Kenes has dedicated over 20 years to progress the game in Oklahoma, from creating the programs such as Mini-Kickers to Assistant & Head Coach roles in professional arena soccer.
Adam also maintains his role in talent identification for Sporting KC (MLS).
From staff coach to ODP Director in 2017, Adam understands the ODP landscape from the technical side to the last “i” dotted on the paperwork.
“ODP is about people; we must strive to connect and understand while identifying, selecting and empowering individuals to help them unleash their potential,” says Kenes.