State US Youth Soccer ODP teams, boys and girls, have earned their way to the 2007 US Youth Soccer ODP National Championships by way of winning their US Youth Soccer ODP Regional Championships. The format, similar to the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, provides state teams the opportunity to compete against teams from other regions in a championship tournament.
These elite teams will play semi-final matches on Friday, March 7, beginning at 1:00 p.m., with championship and consolation matches to be played Sunday, March 9 beginning at 8:00 a.m.
1991 Girls Teams: New Jersey, Minnesota, North Texas and California South
1991 Boys Teams: Eastern New York, Illinois, North Carolina and California South
1992 Girls Teams: Maryland, Missouri, North Texas and California South
1992 Boys Teams: Virginia, Indiana, North Texas and California South
Eagerly seeking the top youth talent in the country, collegiate coaches will observe the US Youth Soccer ODP National Championship players during these matches. The participants represent the future of American soccer at the collegiate and international levels.
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 regarding US Youth Soccer ODP and the US Youth Soccer ODP National Championships visit USYouthSoccer.org
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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