The US Soccer Olympic Development program 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 its 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 include:
In 2017, the Soccer Maine ODP Program hopes to create 12 teams from U-12 (birth year 2005) through U17 (birth year 2000). ODP Questions should be referred to:
Maine ODP Director