FYSA Olympic Development Program (ODP)
US Youth Soccer
The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program 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 mechanism for the exchange of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching. In 1979 the program expanded, the organization became more efficient and a multi-year plan was developed. State associations were encouraged to develop programs that supported and worked tandem with National and Regional Programs. At the beginning of 1982 a formalized program for girls was created, with the addition of a full committee. From 1982 until the present, international events for youth national teams have increased substantially and the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program has kept pace by instituting trials and players pools for five age groups in the boys program, and five age groups in the girls program.
The ODP Selection Process
Each State Association holds ODP tryouts on an annual basis. Age groups and try out dates may be different from state to state, based on seasonal and state considerations. The Florida Youth Soccer Association holds open tryouts each year. Information about tryouts dates, locations and applications are available on the FYSA website (www.fysa.com). For the 2003-2004 seasonal year, players born in 1991 will be the youngest age group. These tryouts are conducted by state staff coaches who are recognized for their ability to identify and train players with superior skills. Some state associations combine scouting techniques and invitations to certain players with the open tryouts. Selection of these players is not an easy task. The state association head coach or State Coach will be assisted in the selection process by several other qualified coaches. Players are evaluated on the four components that make up a soccer player; Technique, Tactics, Fitness and Athletic Ability, Psychological component (attitude). Players selected to a state team are invited to attend Regional Camp.
US Youth Soccer is divided into four regions, each, which offers a regional camp for state association, ODP teams in each eligible age group. FYSA state teams attend Region III ODP Camp. Generally, Region III Camp is held in July and is located in Alabama. The camps are designed to provide a high-level competition and training for participating players. During this training and competition, players who are capable of performing at a higher level of play are identified for possible national team camp, pool, or team participation. Each region varies somewhat as to the specifics and the cost of their camps.
National Camps and Interregional events are held throughout the year at various locations in the United States. The National Team coach or a National Staff Coach in present at these events to observe, train, and identify players for placement in the national pool or on a national team.
What are the benefits of participating in US Youth Soccer ODP?
- Development as a player. The opportunity to train and play with the best players in ones age group.
- Quality instruction from nationally licensed coaches.
- Quality competition. Games against other state association ODP teams.
- Exposure to regional and national team coaches.
- The opportunity to represent ones state, region, or country in competition.
- Exposure to college coaches.
Florida Youth Soccer Association
The main goal of FYSA is to identify players for our mens and womens youth national teams. The selection process takes place through state, regional and national trials.
The primary benefit to the player is to be able to try out, train, and play against the best players in their age group. This allows the best players to be with the best in order to further their development as soccer players.
Our state staff is comprised of professional, college, high school and club coaches. All of these coaches are nationally licensed by US soccer. It is the goal of our staff to conduct these trials in a fair and impartial manner.
FYSA encourages all players to try out through the program. We continue to strive to make this program the best in the country.
Purpose of FYSA ODP
The main goal of FYSA ODP is to identify and develop outstanding soccer players within the state of Florida for selection to State Teams and for advancement to the Region III Olympic Development Program and to the National Youth Teams.
The FYSA will provide its players the opportunity to try out, train and compete with players in their respective age groups in order to find out where they stand with other players from around the state. The players will be initially selected through two day trials at the regional level, which will be held in the four regions around the state (A,B,C,D). Typically the younger age groups are selected in the fall with the older age groups selected in the spring. ODP applications, sites, and dates can be found in the FYSA newsletter or on the FYSA website at www.FYSA.com.
Players may also be identified through the FYSA Scouting Program. These players may only be brought in by national staff coaches or by the FYSA Director of Coaching. These players will be brought into the next level of the process once they have been identified. This process continues on to the regional and national level.
As players grow older and mature, selection becomes an integral part to the process throughout the system. In the younger age groups, the focus on more on development and larger numbers selected since the ability level and capacity of these players change more rapidly. For players of all ages the most important factor is continued development.
Any player who plays soccer in the state of Florida is eligible to participate in ODP. However in order to participate in state trials you must become a registered player. A players status as a US citizen, non-US citizen, or in the citizenship process may effect their selection.
Once players are selected at the regional level all the age groups are brought into state trials to identify pools of players who will represent Florida as state teams. For the youngest age group we offer training centers and an in-state developmental camp. For the other age groups they typically get together twice to finalize the teams and prepare them for region III camp.
Our state staff is comprised of some of the finest coaches in the state. All of our coaches are nationally licensed through US soccer. The coaches come from the professional, college, high school, and club ranks. We endeavor to keep this process as fair and impartial as possible. Coaches are not to make selections in the age groups in which they coach a club team. Coaches may not make decisions on players that they know at the club level. These decisions are deferred to the other coaches within the group selecting. The coaches do the regional and state trials on a volunteer basis.