Olympic Development Program

United States Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program


2004GirlsWhy is ODP for you?

US Youth Soccer ODP philosophy is to identify players of the highest caliber on a continuing basis for the purpose of increasing success of the U.S. National Teams. The 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;

Region 1 (West Virginia to Maine) holds an annual ODP Tournament in early June (after State Cup Finals) to allow each State association’s ODP Select Team an opportunity to showcase their talent while competing against the each other.

Region 1 also hosts an optional Regional Camp (formerly known as ID camp) in early July exclusively for ODP team participants. These 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 regional pool participation, and possible national team camp, pool, or team participation.

Benefits of participating in the US Youth Soccer ODP and Region I ODP Program are:

  1. Development as a player through experience. The opportunity to train and play with the best players in one’s age group (Birth year).
  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. Exposure to college coaches. At the U-16 and U-17 age groups The Region I ODP Tournament is the most attended College Showcase on the East Coast.
  6. An invitation to the Region I Camp.

Soccer Maine ODP

In 2019, Soccer Maine’s ODP Program formed multiple teams from U-12 (birth year 2007) through U17 (birth year 2002). For 2017, we will again be fielding teams in multiple age groups. To ensure ODP teams are made up of the highest caliber players in Maine, Soccer Maine utilizes Premier Club coaches to help identify and recommend the best players at each age group in combination with open tryouts. Each ODP team will roster between 16-20 players. Selection will be based on a combination of the player’s performance at the try-out and their performance in previous ODP or club events.
The time and financial commitment to ODP are minimal.  It includes a series of training sessions over the winter months, a tournament in February and a in April/early May, The cost for the Program is only $385. Region I Camp is optional, and has a fee of $600.
ODP Questions should be referred to Soccer Maine at [email protected], or 239-7834.