Take a look at any professional, Olympic or college player and they will most certainly have on their resume “ODP”. Why? It is one of the more important routes to a high level of soccer. Imagine training with the best players in PA West Soccer, by the best coaches in southwestern PA, and then coming together with the best players in the surrounding 15 states at the ODP Camp at the end of the season. College coaches look at ODP experience as an important factor in recruiting prospective
athletes. There is no other opportunity like this. Elevate your game. Join us.
WHAT IS ODP?
PA West Soccer/US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, or ODP as it is commonly called, is a national identification and development program designed to identify youth soccer players throughout the country, to represent their state (PA West Soccer) association, Region, and the United States in soccer competition. ODP pools are formed at the state and regional levels, made up of the best players in various age groups. At the state association level, pools of players are identified in each eligible age group, brought together as a team to develop their skills through training and competition. From the state pools, players
are identified for regional and national pools and teams. PA West Soccer ODP is one of 15 state associations within US Youth Soccer East Region.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF ODP?
1. To identify a regional pool of players in each age group for possible inter-regional and international competition.
2. To provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels.
3. Through the use of carefully selected and licensed coaches, develop a mechanism for the enhancement of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Any soccer player is eligible for consideration to participate in ODP provided that he/she meets the age requirements for the established age groups. A player may not tryout for ODP in more than one state association.
ODP Age Groups are based on calendar year and birth year (January 1st-December 31st).
THE BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION
1. Development as a player with the opportunity to train and play with the best players in one's age group.
2. Quality instruction from state, regional and national team licensed coaches.
3. Quality competition with games against other state association ODP teams.
4. The opportunity to represent one's state, region or country in competition.
5. Exposure to college coaches.
HOW ARE PLAYERS SELECTED?
PA West Soccer ODP selects players on the basis of open tryouts, as well as evaluations of play during school and club competitions. These tryouts/evaluations are conducted by licensed state association coaches who are recognized for their ability to identify and train players. Players can also try out at the invitation of the state team coaches. Players can be referred to a state team head coach or can be identified through scouting.
Selection of these players is not an easy task. The state association head coach or state coach has the sole responsibility for final selections, but 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 following components: technique, tactics, fitness, athletic ability, and attitude.
WHAT IS THE ODP CAMP?
ODP Camp is an opportunity for individual players to be selected to the East Region ODP pool. Selected PA West Soccer players will train with players from other East Region state associations in a high level competitive training environment. All selected PA West Soccer players with be housed together in the residence halls along with PA West Soccer chaperones. Each selected player will train with Regional Staff Coaches (who are most often college coaches) and National ODP coaches. East Region pools are announced on the last day of the camp.