Nation’s Top Boys Invited to Elite Competition and Player Development
1990s, 1992s and 1993s to Participate
FRISCO, Texas (October 4, 2006) - Top national talent will converge on Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex for the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Thanksgiving Interregional. Teams will arrive on November 23, for Thanksgiving dinner. They will practice on Friday, November 24, with competition play beginning on the 25th and running through Monday, November 27.
Continuing its tradition of elite play, competition and player development, youth from the nation’s elite player identification and development program, US Youth Soccer ODP, will train and compete in front of U.S. Soccer National Team Staff and leading collegiate coaches to maximize their exposure for selection to National Teams and collegiate programs.
The US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Thanksgiving Interregional will represent teams in the 1990, 1992 and 1993 age groups including the two teams (Blue and Grey) from the U.S. Soccer Under-14 National Team Pool. For more information on the US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Thanksgiving Interregional, including schedules, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.
The 1990 age group will also have the opportunity to compete in the adidas Super Group at the Disney Soccer Showcase from December 27-30 featuring a showcase matches between U.S. Soccer U-17 Men's National Team and three international teams (to be confirmed) at Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex in Orlando, Florida.
Rosters for the US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Thanksgiving Interregional will be released on Monday, October 16, 2006.
US Youth Soccer ODP is viewed as the premier identification and development program for the nation’s youth seeking the opportunity to compete at the national and collegiate levels of play.
“US Youth Soccer ODP has played a meaningful role in player development in the United States,” said head coach of U.S. Soccer Under-17 Men’s National Team, John Hackworth. “The players develop in US Youth Soccer ODP by continually being placed in more competitive environment, such as playing internationally with regional teams, which provides elite players from across the nation valuable experience and a platform to improve. The US Youth Soccer ODP contributes to the encompassing effort of identifying potential players for the U.S. National Team programs.”
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 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 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 visit USYouthSoccer.org.
Schedule of Events
2006 US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Thanksgiving Interregional
Disney’s Wide World of Sports, Orlando, FL
Teams Participating - US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Region I (East), II (Midwest), III (South), IV (West) teams; U.S. Soccer U-14 National Teams (Blue and Grey)
Friday, November 24, 2005
Saturday, November 25, 2006
11:00 a.m. Field 3 NT Blue vs. 93 Region I
11:00 a.m. Field 4 92 Region I vs. 92 Region II
12:30 p.m. Field 3 93 Region II vs. 93 Region III
12:30 p.m. Field 4 92 Region III vs. Region IV
2:00 p.m. Field 3 NT Grey vs. 93 Region IV
2:00 p.m. Field 4 90 Region I vs. 90 Region II
3:30 p.m. Field 3 90 Region III vs. 90 Region IV
Sunday, November 26, 2006
8:15 a.m. Field 3 93 Region II vs. NT Blue
8:15 a.m. Field 4 92 Region I vs. 92 Region IV
9:45 a.m. Field 3 93 Region III vs. NT Grey
9:45 a.m. Field 4 92 Region II vs. 92 Region III
10:00 a.m. Field 5 90 Region I vs. 90 Region IV
10:00 a.m. Field 6 90 Region II vs. 90 Region III
11:30 a.m. Field 3 93 Region IV vs. 93 Region I
Monday, November 27, 2006
8:15 a.m. Field 1 93 Region I vs. 93 Region III
8:15 a.m. Field 2 93 Region II vs. Region IV
8:15 a.m. Field 3 NT Grey vs. NT Blue
8:15 a.m. Field 4 92 Region II vs. Region IV
9:30 a.m. Field 1 92 Region I vs. 92 Region III
9:30 a.m. Field 2 90 Region I vs. 90 Region III
9:30 a.m. Field 3 90 Region II vs. 90 Region IV
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 3.2 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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