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ODP FAQ

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What is the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program?

The US Youth 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
The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development 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; to provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels; and, through the use of carefully selected and licensed coaches, develop a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching.

What are the Benefits of Participating in US Youth 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.

How are Players Selected?

Players are selected on the basis of open tryouts. These tryouts are conducted by state association coaches who are recognized for their ability to identify and train players with superior skills. Some state associations combine scouting techniques and invitations to certain players with the open tryouts. 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)

Who can participate in ODP?

The 2020-21 ODP program is for players born in the years 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009. *Players born in 2010, may register to be evaluated with the 2009 age group.*  Players must be registered with NC Youth Soccer Association in order to register for ODP Evaluations. 

What are ODP Evaluations?

After Registration, a player will attend their Age Groups two (2) ODP Evaluations to train, compete and be observed for by the Age Group Director & ODP Staff. During the ODP process, ODP Staff has access to the players name and jersey number ONLY. Club information is not provided to the Age Group Director or ODP Staff during evaluations.  Following the final ODP Evaluation, players are either selected to continue or are released from the ODP Program for the year.

Is Financial Assistance Available?

Financial assistance is available for those that demonstrate a need. Families that need to apply for financial assistance can request an application by contacting Keri Jones, ODP Administrator, at odp@ncsoccer.org. *Please note that all players – regardless of their need for financial assistance - may be required to pay a portion of their registration fees. Applications that are not complete will not be submitted to the ODP Scholarship Committee; they will be returned to you for completion and re-submission prior to being considered.

Financial assistance is accepted on a rolling basis as we understand that people’s situations can change unexpectedly, however we strongly suggest completed applications be received by our staff ASAP. Financial assistance is not retroactive and will only apply to fees accrued after your application has been approved. Please apply early as funds are limited.

How much does it cost to play ODP?

2020-21 ODP Fee Structure

Registration
Early Bird Registration - $100.00 (deadline is October 31st)
Registration - $125.00 (Online Registration closes Wednesday prior to each Age Group's first Evaluation)
Late Registration - $150.00 (Walk-up Registration)

Training Sessions (upon selection)
$50.00 per session

Subregional Events (upon selection)
$200.00 - $240.00 per event
 

South Region ODP Camp (upon selection)
$600.00 **this fee is paid directly to US Youth Soccer South Region ODP**

Is there Goalkeeper Training?

Yes, Goalkeeper specific training is a part of the ODP Evaluations and Training Sessions.

If I am released from North Carolina ODP, can I participate in ODP in another state?

No.  Players can tryout/participate in one state only for each ODP season.

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