WHAT IS ODP?
The Olympic Development Program (ODP) is a national program, started in 1977, to identify, train, and develop youth players to represent their state, region, and country in soccer competitions. The program was formed to identify players of the highest caliber on a continuing and consistent basis, which will lead to increased success for the U.S. National Teams in the international arena. Players are divided into training age groups by birth year and are led by ODP State Staff Coaches selected by Indiana Soccer’s Director of ODP, John Carter.
Indiana Soccer divides the ODP training year into 4 phases. The phase structure allows for the identification, selection, and development of top players in each age group with the ultimate goal of performing well at Regional Camp.
HOW ARE PLAYERS SELECTED?
In Indiana, players are identified and invited into the ODP program through a variety of outlets. Evaluation Centers and tryouts, Open High School Evaluations, and State Staff scouting are the most common invitation processes. Evaluation Centers and tryoust are conducted by state association coaches who are recognized for their ability to identify and train players with superior skills. Players may also be indentified during club, high school, or league play by State, Regional, or National coaches. Players are evaluated on technical ability and decision-making as well as attitude and effort.
For more information on getting involved please visit the How to Participate page.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN ODP?
1. Development as a player. Focus on individual creativity and decision making without fear of mistakes.
2. Quality instruction from nationally licensed coaches.
3. Quality competition. Showcase opportunities and interstate friendly games.
4. Exposure to regional and national team coaches.
5. The opportunity to represent your state, region, or country in competition.
6. Exposure to college coaches.
INDIANA SOCCER OLYMPIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM GOALKEEPER SCHOOL
Beginning in the 2014-2015 season Indiana Soccer ODP will offer a Goalkeeper School for all players interested in refining the craft of goalkeeping. This program is for all players in the state of Indiana regardless of affiliation or league. Indiana Soccer ODP welcomes any goalkeeper that is interested to participate. For additional information please contact Director of ODP John Carter.