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US Youth Soccer ODP Boys to Compete in 2006 adidas Super Group

December 6, 2006 09:00 PM
 

Regional teams to compete against U.S. Soccer Under-17 National Team, Newcastle United FC, Tigres UANL and Real Madrid CF
adidas Super Group Schedule of Events [link]


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Top talent from US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) will compete in the adidas Super Group at Disney’s Soccer Showcase in Lake Buena Vista, Fl., from December 27-30, 2006.

Fresh from the US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Thanksgiving Interregionals this November, the US Youth Soccer Boys 1990 Regional teams will compete in the eight-team adidas Super Group at the Showcase. Joining the US Youth Soccer ODP regional teams will be: the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team, Newcastle United FC, Tigres UANL and Real Madrid CF.

“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 2006 for our elite player development program.”

The showcase event will be played at Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex and is among the top recruiting tournaments in the country. This year, the showcase will play host to 535 teams along with the eight Super Group teams and more than 700 collegiate coaches.

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.

US Youth Soccer ODP players participating at the adidas Super Group at Disney’s 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’s 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 hosted the prestigious US Youth Soccer National Championships in 2004 and 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 Schedule of Events [link]

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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.

Media Request: When referring to the United States Youth Soccer Association, the largest youth sports organization in the United States, please refer to the association only as US Youth Soccer, and never as USYS or USYSA. We appreciate your cooperation.

When referring to the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, please refer to the program as either US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program or US Youth Soccer ODP, never as ODP. We appreciate your cooperation.


 

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