United States Youth Soccer ODP (Olympic Development Program) Overview
US Youth Soccer ODP philosophy is to identify players of the highest caliber on a continuing basis for the purpose of increasing success of the U.S. National Teams. The program was formed in 1977 to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team will be selected for international competition;
Region 1 (West Virginia to Maine) holds an annual ODP Tournament in on their long established weekend in early June (after State Cup Finals) to allow each State association's ODP Select Team an opportunity to showcase their talent while competing against the each other.
Region 1 also hosts an optional Regional Camp (formerly known as ID camp) in early July exclusively for ODP team participants. These 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 are identified for regional pool participation, and possible national team camp, pool, or team participation.
Benefits of participating in the US Youth Soccer ODP and Region I ODP Program are:
1. Development as a player through experience. The opportunity to train and play with the best players in one's age group (Birth year).
2. Quality instruction from nationally licensed coaches.
3. Quality competition. Games against other state association ODP 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.
Soccer Maine ODP
In 2015, the Soccer Maine ODP Program will create teams from U-13 (birth year 2001) through U17 (birth year 1997). To ensure ODP teams are made up of the best players, Soccer Maine will now use both open tryouts and premier club coach recommendations to help identify and recommend the best 18 players at each age group.
ODP Questions should be referred to:
Soccer Maine ODP Director