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What is the PA West Soccer Olympic Development Program?

Train to Develop. Play to Win.

The PA West 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.

Purpose
To identify and provide opportunities for high potential players, facilitate their development, and expose them to the next level of their chosen pathway.

Goal
To be a nationally recognized youth identification and development pathway for US soccer players.

How do I participate?
Contact the PA West Soccer office to find out more about getting involved with PA West Soccer ODP. You can contact Erin Cook in the PA West Soccer ODP office at erin@pawest-soccer.org.

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).

Current Organization
From 1982 until the present, international events for youth national teams have increased substantially and the PA West Soccer ODP through 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 PA West Soccer ODP Selection Process
PA West Soccer holds ODP try-outs on an annual basis. Tryouts typically occur during the summer months but players request a special tryout. 

How are Players Selected?
Players are selected, in most states, on the basis of open tryouts. These tryouts are conducted by PA West Soccer's ODP staff who are recognized for their ability to identify and train players with superior skills. Selection of these players is not an easy task. The PA West Soccer ODP boys and girls directors are assisted in the selection process by their staff. Players are evaluated on the four components that make up a soccer player:
1. Technique
2. Tactics
3. Fitness and Athletic Ability
4. 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 players 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 are capable of performing 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. PA West Soccer can provide the specifics for the East Region's approach.

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 PA West Soccer ODP?
1. Development as a player. The opportunity to train and play with the best player's in one's age group.
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.

 

To see photo gallery of most recent ODP tournaments, click here.

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