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What is ODP?


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.

How do tryouts work?


Players register for the ODP program and are evaluated during training sessions each Fall.  Players can also be evaluated during the winter and spring training sessions.

How do I register for ODP if I do not play for a registered DYSA club or program?

If you are not a registered DYSA player but would like to participate in the DYSA Olympic Development Program then you may do so by registering directly with DYSA. You must submit the following information, full name, address, phone, e-mail, date of birth, copy of birth certificate and pay the registration fee.

My child resides in Delaware, but plays for an out of state team.  How does registration work in this situation?

Since the child resides in Delaware, the player does not need permission from their out of state team to tryout for DE ODP.

What is the player pool and how do I get selected to the player pool?

A player pool is the number of players that are selected during an evaluation period that make up the age group. The ideal number of players per player pool age group is 30 – 40 players but as few as 25 may be selected. Players are selected for a player pool by registering for tryouts and then being evaluated by the state ODP staff.

Will goalkeepers be evaluated separately by a goalkeeper coach?


A goalkeeper coach will be on staff.  It will be the job of the goalkeeper coach to evaluate the goalkeepers and make recommendations to the head coaches of each age group.  The Goalkeeping coach will remain with the keepers throughout the cycle and provide training at all scheduled training sessions.


My player was born in 2005/2006.  Can they try out for ODP?

Yes players born in 2005 and 2006 can try out for ODP. You must follow the same registration process that all other players complete to be eligible for the 2005/2006 player pool.


How will the 2006/2007 age groups be separated and what events will they have?

The 2005/2006 age groups will be separated in one of two ways, depending on the number of players participating.  If the player numbers do not allow two teams, the players will form one team for tournament and training purposes.  When attending camp, they will attend with their proper age group.


Where and when are the training dates?

Training dates and locations will be announced on the website


What will happen during tryouts/training sessions?

If possible, players should arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled start time and begin with light running to prepare for the session.  Times and locations will be posted online.  Players will receive a numbered t-shirt that must be worn during all tryout/training sessions. Players will be grouped by their birth year and will be evaluated and trained by a head coach and other ODP Staff.

What do I need to bring to tryouts/training?


Players will need to bring their Certificate of Registration to be turned into the ODP Staff at the first session.

To each session, players should bring a properly inflated, size 5 soccer ball with your name clearly visible on it. All players should wear black shorts and the tryout shirt provided by DYSA.  Players are to refrain from wearing club specific gear.


What is Region I Camp?


US Youth Soccer is divided into four regions.  All regions offer a Regional Camp for ODP participants in each eligible age group.  The camps are designed to develop players through high-level competition and training.  During Region I Camp, players who are identified for possible selection to the Regional Pool for possible selection to the Regional team.  Regional teams attend events that place them in contention to be selected for US Soccer National Teams.


What is the cost of ODP?

The cost of the program varies from year to year.


Is there financial assistance available?

Financial assistance is available for those that qualify.  All players must pay the initial tryout/registration fee.  After this is paid, families may apply for financial assistance.  Financial assistance applications are located on our website or by requesting from the Executive Director.


What extra forms are needed?

Once your child is offered a position on the ODP team, you will receive an email to accept the position and to complete the registration process to be a member of ODP.  You will need to complete the following and mail to the DYSA Office.


Medical Release form
Medical Questionnaire
Code of Conduct
Player Profile
photo of your child
copy of the front and back of your insurance card


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