The United States Under-15 and Under-17 Women's National Teams are finishing up camp at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Newly named Director of Development for U.S. Soccer, Jill Ellis, called in 24 players for each of the U-15 and U-17 camps and all 48 players have come through the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program
(US Youth Soccer ODP). The Under-15s will also play matches against California South (Cal South) US Youth Soccer ODP teams.
The U.S. U-17s have two matches scheduled during this event. On Wednesday they played Loyola Marymount University and will play Cal-State Fullerton on March 26 at 4 p.m. All of the players called in with the U-17s were born in 1995. The U-17s are in the early stages of preparation for an attempt to qualify for the 2012 U-17 FIFA Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan.
The U.S. U-15s, all born in 1996, played against the Cal South ODP '95 team on Wednesday, and will face the Cal South ODP '94 team Saturday. The U-15 event is being held concurrently with the U.S. U-17 Women's National Team training camp as some of these players, the top players in the pool, may be in contention for spots on next year's U-17 Women's National Team that will attempt to qualify for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan, which has an age cutoff date of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1995.
US Youth Soccer ODP prepares players for selection to the U.S. National Team programs by bringing together the best players from their club teams to compete in state, regional, national and international competitions, mimicking the U.S. National Team system. Players selected to US Youth Soccer ODP are exposed to the nation's top coaches from collegiate institutions, U.S. Soccer and the professional leagues.
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; 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.
Programs exist in each state and with competitions such as the US Youth Soccer ODP 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.