The ODP Advantage
WELCOME TO THE ODP ADVANTAGE
This is an overview of the significant
benefits of playing US Youth Soccer and participating in the Olympic
Development Program. We truly believe that no organization caters to the needs
of the Elite player better the US Youth Soccer’s ODP. There are few places where a player is taken out of his club
team comfort zone and put into tryout situations with other top players… often
needing to play different positions and adjust to different coaches. Sounds like what happens often when you
got to National team trials and to college or pros. This why the program – and in particular the Regional ODP –
provides a platform where the developmental jump is more significant then
virtually anywhere else.
Elite training and events not available to
anyone else and only available for elite players in US Youth Soccer.
Ability to expand your soccer horizons by
not only playing for your club and school teams, but also having the honor of
representing your state and possibly the Region.
Playing in domestic events verse the best of
the other 3 regions in front of college and national team coaches.
Playing in international tournaments with
the top professional youth teams in the world.
Ability and encouragement to play high
school soccer and reap the social, athletic and academic benefits of being a
While the #1 goal of our program is to get
players into our national teams, the main benefits are exposure to colleges and
making your club/HS teams better through your development with us.
Rosters of US Youth Soccer are capped at 18.
That means you have the chance to play in every match your team has. We feel
this is a major plus. You can’t get better without playing consistently.
We are a bridge between your club and the
top levels that cannot be provided by any other program. When you go through state and regional
tryouts and camps you get exposed to different players and coaches just as you
will if you have a national team camp or even when you go to collage. Therefore
a major advantage of this program is being better prepared for performing in
environments out of your comfort zone.
We will be part of the process of how you
choose a school while helping you reach your highest level of play in order to
be a part of a path to the pros and national teams.
The above highlights some of the many
advantages of playing US Youth Soccer along with participating in the ODP. While we will do everything we can to
make you a better player, you must develop a personal responsibility to improve
and have a realistic evaluation of your performance. Through games, training,
classroom and this journal you should be able to gain a lot from your ODP
Enjoy your time here and make the most of
every opportunity you have. We
look forward to working with all of you.
Region I Boy’s Head Coach