The United States Under-17 and Under-20 Women's National Teams will come together for a training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., running from April 23-30, along with the Under-23 team. A total of 49 players have been called in for the U-17 and U-20 camps and 46 of those 49 players have come through the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program
(US Youth Soccer ODP). Between the three teams, a collection of 72 of the top players in the country will be together for the weeklong camp.
Jill Ellis will name one more player to the U-17 team before the beginning of camp. This group of U-17 players is in early preparations for qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan. All the players called in camp were born in 1995. The U-17s will scrimmage against opponents twice during the camp, taking on women's club Ajax of Los Angeles on April 25 and then the U.S. U-20 WNT on April 29.
The U-20s are still very early in their preparations for qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup to be held in Uzbekistan. U.S. Soccer Technical Director April Heinrichs has called in 26 players, 11 of them in college. Of the seven forwards called up, just one is in college in Wake Forest - striker Katie Stengel. The U.S. U-20s will scrimmage against UC Irvine during the camp as well as against the U.S. Under-23 and the U.S. Under-17 Women's National Teams.
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.