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 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.
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. Exposure to college coaches. At the U-16 and U-17 age groups The Region I ODP Tournament is the most attended College Showcase on the East Coast.
6. An invitation to the Region I Camp.
In 2014, Soccer Maine's ODP Program formed 10 teams from U-13 (birth year 2001) through U17 (birth year 1997). For 2015, we will again be fielding teams in multiple age groups. To ensure ODP teams are made up of the highest caliber players in Maine, Soccer Maine utilizes Premier Club coaches to help identify and recommend the best players at each age group in combination with open tryouts. Each ODP team will roster between 16-20 players. Selection will be based on a combination of the player's performance at the try-out and their performance in previous ODP or club events. Rosters will be chosen in February.
The time and financial commitment to ODP are minimal, several training sessions over the winter months, several outdoor sessions in May, one friendly game in June, and the Region I ODP Tournament June 5-7 in New Jersey. The cost for the Program is only $325 plus travel costs (2 nights in a hotel). Region I Camp is optional, and has a fee of $525.