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US Youth Soccer ODP a Common Thread Among Women’s Team in Beijing

August 6, 2008 10:00 PM

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The U.S. Women's Olympic Team is gearing up for their second match of the Olympic Games in Qinhuangdao, China, against Japan on Saturday, August 9 at 5 a.m. ET. The game will be shown live on USA Network and the NBC Olympic Soccer Channel.

While just eight of the 18 players on the U.S. roster have Olympic experience, all of them have played in at least one world championship at the youth or senior level. Thirteen players on the Olympic roster were on the USA's 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup Team.

Team USA's roster is comprised of 18 players that played their US Youth Soccer ball in various clubs from across the country.  Of these, 17 have the common thread of participation in the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP).  The breakdown of players via their respective US Youth Soccer Region is as follows: Region I (5), Region II (5), Region III (0), Region IV (7).  Tobin Heath not only participated in US Youth Soccer ODP, but in 2003 she won the US Youth Soccer National Championship with the PDA Wildcats.

The US Youth Soccer ODP was formed in 1977 to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team will be selected for international competition; to provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels; and, through the use of carefully selected and licensed coaches, develop a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching.

US Youth Soccer ODP is the original Olympic development program. US Youth Soccer ODP is the only elite player development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer and the former Women's United Soccer Association, as well as a majority of current and past national and youth team members, as alumni. US Youth Soccer ODP exists in every US Youth Soccer State Association and offers collegiate and national team staff coaches the opportunity to see the nation's elite players in the most competitive of environments. In addition to training and tactics, US Youth Soccer ODP also offers competitions such as regional and national championships as well as participation in international tournaments. US Youth Soccer ODP continues to lead the way for elite player development in the United States.

The U.S. Men and Women's team has settled into to the mini-Olympic village along with seven other men's and women's soccer teams stationed at the satellite venue of Tianjin. The women will play their first two matches at the Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium, which seats 32,500 fans.

To learn more about US Youth Soccer ODP, click here or visit, /programs/OlympicDevelopmentProgram.asp.





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