FIFA Soccer

Olympic Development Program

Two ODP Programs

The 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 Olympic Development Program was created by USSF and implemented for boys in 1977 and girls in 1982.  US Youth Soccer first began to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team would 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.

How do I participate?

Your club must be a member of USYSA or US Club.  If you play for a USYSA club, you register individually through your US Youth Soccer State Association or if US Club, you are nominated by a US Club coach or scout. 

What are the ODP age groups?

ODP age groups are determined by birth year not by date-of-birth, unlike the age groups used for your club teams.

How are Players Selected?

Players are selected, in most states, on the basis of open tryouts. These tryouts are conducted by state 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. Selection of these players is not an easy task. The state association head coach or State Coach 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 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 (USYSA) is divided into four regions (I-IV) each consisting of multiple states.  Florida along with Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas are Region III state affiliates (associations) of USYSA.   Each state association is further broken down into its own regions, with each region offering ODP tryouts under FYSA rules.  Selections from each region gather together a few months later to arrive at a state team for each 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. Your state association or regional administrator should be contacted for more information.

US Club's SYL manages their own ODP camps selection.  Tryouts are held annually by region. 

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 indentify players for placement in the national pool or on a national team.


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