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Boys to Compete in 2007 US Youth Soccer ODP Super Group

December 6, 2007 09:00 AM
 
1990 and 1991 Boys Regional teams to compete
2007 US Youth Soccer ODP Super Group Schedule of Events [link]

Top talent from US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) will compete in the US Youth Soccer ODP Super Group at Disney's Soccer Showcase in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., from December 27-30, 2007.

""The US Youth Soccer ODP Super Group provides another opportunity to further the player development of our athletes,"" said Brent Mangus, 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 2007 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 over 600 teams along with the eight Super Group teams and more than 800 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 girl's program was added to US Youth Soccer in 1985.

The players must tryout 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 US Youth Soccer ODP 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.

About Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex  
United States. The sprawling 220-acre state-of-the-art complex features the Milk House, a 165,000-square-foot field house which seats 5,000 for basketball; the 9,500-seat Ballpark at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex; and the Hess Sports Fields, which, include multiple baseball, softball and soccer fields. In addition, the complex has 10 tennis courts, including a stadium court, and a track and field complex.  The complex is home to more than 180 amateur and professional sports events each year, including the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp, the Major League Baseball Atlanta Braves spring training and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays-Texas Rangers regular-season series, the Pop Warner Super Bowl and the AAU National Championship events.
 

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