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2012 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships schedules announced

February 27, 2012 12:00 AM
 

95 and 96 age groups vie for elite crown in Frisco, Texas
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FRISCO, Texas (Feb. 24, 2012) - US Youth Soccer's elite will compete at the 2012 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Championships to be played at FC Dallas Stadium March 9 and 11 in Frisco, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

State-level US Youth Soccer ODP Boys and Girls teams in the 1995 and 1996 age groups (determined by birth year) will play semifinal matches on Friday, March 9, beginning at 1 p.m., with championship and consolation matches to be played Sunday, March 11 beginning at 8 a.m. The teams competing qualified by winning their respective age group at their US Youth Soccer ODP Regional Championships. Generally, the players on the 1995 and 1996 age groups compete as Under-15 through Under-17 in club soccer.

National Qualifiers
1995 Girls Teams:  New Jersey, Ohio South, Georgia, California South
1995 Boys Teams:  Virginia, Michigan, Tennessee, California South
1996 Girls Teams:  Virginia, Michigan, Florida, California South
1996 Boys Teams:  Virginia, Michigan, Florida, California South

2012 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships Schedule*

Semifinal Matches-Friday, March 9      
Time Age Group Team   Team Field
1 p.m. 95 Girls New Jersey v Ohio South 6
1 p.m. 95 Boys Michigan v Tennessee 7
3 p.m. 95 Boys Virginia v Cal South 6
3 p.m. 95 Girls Georgia v Cal South 7
5:30 p.m. 96 Girls Florida v Cal South 6
5:30 p.m. 96 Boys Michigan v Cal South 7
8 p.m. 96 Boys Virginia v Florida 6
8 p.m. 96 Girls Michigan v Virginia 7
           
Championship Matches-Sunday, March 11      
Time Age Group Field      
8 a.m. 95 Boys 6      
8:30 a.m. 96 Boys 7      
10 a.m. 95 Girls 5      
10:30 a.m. 96 Girls 8      
           
Consolation Matches-Sunday, March 11      
Time Age Group Field      
8 a.m. 95 Boys 5      
8:30 a.m. 96 Boys 8      
10 a.m. 95 Girls 6      
10:30 a.m. 96 Girls 7      

*Subject to change, please check USYouthSoccer.org for the most current schedule.

Scouting the top youth talent in the country, collegiate coaches will observe the US Youth Soccer ODP Championship players during these matches. The participants represent the future of American soccer at the collegiate and international levels.

The US Youth Soccer ODP Championships includes state teams in the 1995 and 1996 age groups. US Youth Soccer is divided into four regions, Region I (East), Region II (Midwest), Region III (South) and Region IV (West) to assist in national competitions.

The players must try out to qualify for the program's high-level through a series of trials at their local, State Association and then Regional levels. Those selected are exposed to the nation's best coaches, trainers and facilities.

US Youth Soccer ODP is the original Olympic development program and the only elite player development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer and Women's Professional Soccer as well as a majority of current and past national and youth team members, as alumni. And, with programs in all 55 State Associations as well as regional and national championships and participation in international tournaments, US Youth Soccer ODP continues to lead the way.

For more information regarding US Youth Soccer ODP and the US Youth Soccer ODP Championships visit USYouthSoccer.org.

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About US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) - US Youth Soccer ODP, established in 1977, is the original Olympic development program in the United States. Formed to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team could be selected for international competition, selected players are exposed to the nation's top coaches from collegiate institutions, U.S. Soccer and the professional leagues. Programs exist in each state and with competitions such as the US Youth Soccer ODP National Championships, Interregional Training/Competition, Regional Camps and International play. US Youth Soccer ODP continues to lead the way in elite player identification and development. US Youth Soccer ODP is an approved program of the U.S. Soccer Federation.

About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer - "The Game for ALL Kids!®" is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.

 

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