Disney Soccer Showcase to host international event
RICHARDSON, TEXAS (December 15, 2004) – US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program’s (US Youth Soccer ODP) top youth soccer stars will compete December 26-30 at the adidas Super Group at the Disney Soccer Showcase in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Fresh from the US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Interregionals this November, the US Youth Soccer Boys 1988 Regional teams will compete in the eight-team adidas Super Group at the Showcase. Joining the US Youth Soccer ODP teams will be: the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team; U-17 Men’s National Team from Canada and the Under-17 club teams from RSC Anderlecht (Belgium) and SL Benfica (Portugal).
“The adidas Super Group provides another opportunity to further the player development of our athletes and provide additional international experiences,” said Bob Bounpane, US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Committee Chairman. “Hundreds of college coaches and Disney’s first class facilities make this a great week to end an outstanding 2004.”
The showcase event will be played at Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex and is among the top recruiting tournaments in the country. The 2003 Disney’s Soccer Showcase included 180 teams, compared to approximately 100 in 2002.
Initially created in 1977 as the US Youth Soccer Select Team Program, US Youth Soccer ODP was formed to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team could be selected for international competition. A Girls program was added to US Youth Soccer in 1985. The players must try out to qualify for the program’s high-level training from carefully selected and licensed coaches.
US Youth Soccer ODP is not only the first and original ODP program but also the only elite player development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer and Women’s United Soccer Association, 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.
US Youth Soccer ODP players participating at the adidas Super Group at the Disney Soccer Showcase have been selected through a series of trials at their local, State Association and then Regional levels.
A number of US Youth Soccer teams from the state level will be represented at the Disney Soccer Showcase. A complete team list can be found at www.disneyworldsports.com as well as additional information regarding the Showcase.
Elite soccer events are nothing new to Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex, which has played host to the 1998 Major League Soccer All Star Weekend and Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships. The Complex also hosted the prestigious US Youth Soccer National Championships in 2004 and will again host the event in 2005 after previously hosting the championships in 1999 and 2000.
For more information regarding US Youth Soccer and the US Youth Soccer ODP, please log on to www.USYouthSoccer.org.
adidas Super Group
Disney’s Soccer Showcase
December 26-30, 2004
SL Benfica (Portugal)
RSC Anderlecht (Belgium)
US Youth Soccer ODP Region I (East)
US Youth Soccer ODP Region III (South)
Canada U-17 National Team
U.S. U-17 National Team (89)
US Youth Soccer ODP Region II (Midwest)
US Youth Soccer ODP Region IV (West)
Download the complete schedule by clicking here [pdf].