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.
The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) 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.
VT/US Youth Soccer ODP is a national identification and development program designed to select youth soccer players throughout the country to represent their state association, Region, and the United States in soccer competition. ODP teams 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 and brought together to develop their skills through training and competition. From the state pools, players are identified for regional and training pools and/or teams. Vermont ODP is one of 13 states participating within US Youth Soccer Region I. The remaining participating states include: Connecticut, Delaware, Eastern New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York West, Pennsylvania West, Rhode Island, Virginia, and West Virginia.
- To identify a pool of players in each age group from which a United States National team will be selected for international competition
- To provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels.
- 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.
- High level player development. ODP offers the opportunity to train with the best players in one's age group.
- Quality instruction from nationally licensed coaches
- Exposure to regional and national team coaches
- Quality competition through games against other state association ODP teams
- The opportunity to represent one's state, region and country in competition
- Exposure to college coaches
What It Takes to Be Successful in the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program - US Youth Soccer Technical Staff put together the following article for players looking to improve their ODP experience
"The ODP Advantage" - a short article by Region I Boys Head Coach Keith Tabatznik