Delaware Youth Soccer Association

What is ODP?


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. USYS' focus is to identify players of the highest caliber on a continuing and consistent basis, which will lead to increase success for the US National Teams in the international arena.

Today, Delaware Youth Soccer Association will be taking a new and positive direction with the ODP Program, which is consistent to the USYS program. In the past, the program was a development driven program. NOW this program is being re-vamped to become an OPPORTUNITY DRIVEN PROGRAM, set to provide playing opportunities to skilled Delaware Players. We all are aware that the clubs are doing a great job developing our players, SO ODP will be looking to provide and enhance playing opportunities to these players.


DYSA recognizes that the exurbanite cost of the program has driven many players away. DYSA is lowering the cost to participate to $180 to $280 depending on your selection.

DYSA recognizes the rigorous schedule that all clubs have put together for their various programs and teams. With this, DYSA has reduced the number of training sessions and has set out to run this program like the US SOCCER runs its Youth National Teams. We are establishing a scouting network and mini camps which will provide the necessary avenues for player selection for the "enhanced playing OPPORTUNITIES".

TOURNAMENTS: Players will attend a mini camp (Feb) prior to being slected for the Keystone Diamond ODP Tournament, Frederica DE. We will host another mini camp in late April/early May for the East Region Tournament, held at Rider University and Kirkwood Soccer Club in June.

UNIFORMS: Players will receive a training shirt. Uniforms will be purchased by DYSA and given to the players who attend the various events. DYSA will maintain the structure of the program and keep the cost to a minimum. Players will be responsible to return the uniform to DYSA at the end of each event.

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.

Who is Eligible?

Any soccer player who is a Delaware resident and in good standing with the DYSA is eligible for consideration in the ODP provided that he/she meets the age requirements for the established age groups. A player may try out in the state association in which he or she is eligible to be registered; a player may not try out for the ODP in more than one state association.

For more Questions and Answers, please visit our ODP FAQs section.