US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional Wraps Up
November 29, 2007 01:45 PM
US Youth Soccer ODP Girls teams gain international experience with national teams from Canada, Chile and the United States participating
Teams trained and competed in front of national team and collegiate coaches
The annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Thanksgiving Interregional wrapped up this past weekend at the North Community Park and Coral Glades High School Sportsplex in Coral Springs, Florida. Teams representing the 1991-1993 age groups competed for five days against each other and national teams from the United States, Canada and Chile.
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, trained and competed in front of U.S. Soccer National Team Staff including the U20 Women's National Team Coach Jillian Ellis and Jeff Pill, the Women's National Staff Coach of Region I, and David Rubinson, the Women's National Staff Coach of Region III, and leading collegiate coaches to maximize their exposure for selection to National Teams and collegiate programs.
US Youth Soccer ODP is viewed as the premier identification and development program for the national's youth seeking the opportunity to compete at the national and collegiate levels of play.
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 trails 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. US Youth Soccer ODP begins at the state level and offers regional and national championships and participation in international tournaments. For thirty years US Youth Soccer ODP continues to lead the way for players seeking to participate at the highest levels of soccer.
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