Indiana ODP Teams brought home two International Soccer Tournament titles from their recent trip to Berlin.
On April 1, 2010, thirty-five boys and girls from the 96 Indiana Olympic Development Program headed to Berlin, Germany for eight days as part of a reciprocal international exchange program. In coordination with Dorcio Soccer Travel, members of the ODP 96 boys and girls teams had the opportunity to play in an International Tournament held at the Berlin Soccer Association training center this week. In return, players from the Berlin Soccer Association will participate in an exchange to the United States, in coordination with Indiana Youth Soccer in 2011.
The teams were greeted by Mr. Andreas Kupper, member of the presidential committee, Mr Bernd Schultz, president of the Berlin Soccer Association, Mr. Greg Delawie, acting ambassador of the United States and Ms. Britta Carlson, ambassador for the Women’s World Cup in Germany 2011. They also had the opportunity to train with Berlin Soccer Association coaches Stephan Howaldt, Kathrin Nicklas and Sandra Ritschel.
When not training or playing, the teams enjoyed sightseeing in Berlin by bus and boat, including trips to a 2nd Division soccer game, lunch in the Tiergarten, touring the Berlin Olympic Stadium, the Reischstag, German Parliament Building and Potsdamer Platz.
“This was a great opportunity for our participating ODP players and staff,” said Indiana Youth Soccer ODP Administrator Joy Carter. “The experience of traveling and playing abroad and being immersed in a different culture will enrich lives with friends and memories to last a lifetime.”
About Indiana Youth Soccer – Indiana Youth Soccer serves and educates its membership through the development, promotion and administration of youth soccer in the state of Indiana. Indiana Youth Soccer is a National State Association member of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Youth Soccer Association. Indiana Youth Soccer has a current membership base of over 58,000 youth players, 8,000 active coaches, 3,800 referees and thousands of volunteers through its network of over 140 member clubs across the state of Indiana.