Storied identification and development program's regional teams set to participate in Florida and Mississippi
Rosters to be announced Nov. 9 and Dec. 14 for respective events
FRISCO, Texas (September 23, 2009)
–The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program
(US Youth Soccer ODP) Interregional events are set for November and December for elite level boys and girls seeking identification and development opportunities.
US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional event is scheduled for Nov. 22-27 in Coral Springs, Fla., and Boys for Nov. 27-30 in Orlando, Fla. The US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Winter Interregional event is scheduled for Dec. 27-29 in Jackson, Miss., and Boys for Dec. 27-30 in Orlando, Fla.
US Youth Soccer ODP Girls will feature Under-14 through Under-16 age groups during the Thanksgiving Interregional and Under-17 and 19 age groups during the Winter Interregional. U.S. Under-15 Girls National Team will train and compete against US Youth Soccer ODP during the Thanksgiving Interregional.
US Youth Soccer ODP Boys will feature players born in 1995 and 1996 during the Thanksgiving Interregional in Orlando and 1993 and 1994 during the Winter Interregional. U.S. Under-14 Boys National Development Program will feature two teams (Grey and Blue) training and competing against US Youth Soccer ODP during the Thanksgiving Interregional.
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, will train and compete in front of National Team and leading collegiate coaches to maximize their exposure and opportunities to play at the next level.
"It's [US Youth Soccer ODP] valuable because all four regions coordinate with the states to seek out some of the best players in the country," said Mike Dickey, U.S. Under-15 Girls National Team head coach. "This kind of organization helps make sure that as many talented players as possible are identified and can be seen by the national team coaches. They are also able to participate in very well run camps that are designed to improve the level of these talented young players. I think one of the most important things the players get from participating in a program such as US Youth Soccer ODP is that it can lead to international experience at a young age and that is the No. 1 benefit to them and the national team programs. They also get exposed to some of the best coaches in the country while also playing with some of the best players in their regions. That helps players grow in many ways on the field."
Under-14 Boys National Development Program head coach Manny Schellscheidt believes, "Over the years, US Youth Soccer ODP has played a meaningful role in player development in the United States as it provides elite players from across the nation with valuable experience and a platform to improve. Our staff always enjoys a chance to attend an event which brings players together from different regions around the country. There is always good competition, and when you're able to evaluate players in these scenarios, you have a better idea of how they will fare as they attempt to reach the next level in their careers."
"We have the chance to see some of the best players in the USA in one place," said Dickey. "The teams are encouraged to play a high level of soccer at each of these events. It goes beyond winning, as these events are about developing youth soccer players."
Schedule of Events for Girls and Boys Interregional Events
US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional
Under-14, Under-15 and Under-16 age groups
Nov. 22-27, 2009*
Coral Springs, Fla.
US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Thanksgiving Interregional
1995 and 1996 age groups
Nov. 27-30, 2009*
US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Winter Interregional
Under-17 and Under-19 age groups
Dec. 27-29, 2009*
US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Winter Interregional
1993 and 1994 age groups
Dec. 27-30, 2009*
*Dates subject to change, please check USYouthSoccer.org for the latest schedules. All dates are game dates.
Complete Thanksgiving schedules will be announced on Nov. 2 and rosters will be announced Nov. 9. Complete Christmas schedules will be announced Dec. 7 and rosters will be announced Dec. 14.
US Youth Soccer ODP is known as the premier identification and development program for the nation's youth seeking the opportunity to compete at the national and collegiate levels of play.
About US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) - US Youth Soccer ODP, established in 1977, is the original Olympic development program in the United States. Formed to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team could be selected for international competition, selected players are exposed to the nation's top coaches from collegiate institutions, U.S. Soccer and the professional leagues. Programs exist in each state and with competitions such as the US Youth Soccer ODP National Championships, Interregional Training/Competition, Regional Camps and International play. US Youth Soccer ODP continues to lead the way in elite player identification and development. US Youth Soccer ODP is an approved program of the U.S. Soccer Federation.
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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 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