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.
WHAT IS INDIANA ODP?
The Indiana Olympic Development Program has been designed to meet the following player development goals:
® 1) To provide an atmosphere for the unfolding of ideas about the game of soccer;
- Understand, learn, and develop the technical qualities necessary to advance one’s game to
the State, Regional and National levels as well as the Club, High School, and Collegiate
- Expand Interpretation and Understanding of the Game from Different Perspectives (Systems
® 2) To develop the players confidence, and encourage and foster the development of ideas to solve
problems as the game presents them;
- Learn and develop problem solving skills to be used before, during, and after matches;
- Learn how to confront adversity and respond responsibly, maturely, and thoughtfully;
- Learn how to effectively use different forms of communication with teammates and coaches;
® 3) To provide opportunities for player growth through challenging, creative, and positive training and
- Learn how your role may change playing in different systems and in different positions;
- Become a soccer player, not a system or positional player;
® 4) Player advancement and placement to State, Regional, National and Collegiate levels;
- Expose players to the necessary requirements to play at the next level not only technically
and tactically but also physically and psychological;
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. The document below explains the format for the Olympic Development Program for the 2014-2015 season.
Indiana ODP Program Goals
Indiana ODP Schedule, Format, and Components
Implementation of State Training Pools (new for 2014-15)
HOW ARE PLAYERS SELECTED?
Are you interested in being identified and invited to be part of the Indiana Olympic Development Program 2014-15 State Pool? Each player is fairly evaluated in the four components of the game (technical, tactical, psychological, and physical), their creativity and problem solving ability, their ability to contribute to the team, an individual's versatility as a player, and the ability to be competitive within the current State Pool. Players are identified and invited into the Olympic Development Program through one of the following ways:
1) Evaluation Program and Evaluation Centers
This fall, August through November, the Indiana Olympic Development Program will be hosting tryout opportunities in the form of an Evaluation Program and Evaluation Centers to identify new players to the State Pools in the following age groups: 2003, 2002, 2001, and 2000 (players not participarting in their high school soccer programs). The Evaluation Program occurs at the same location and on same dates as ODP State Pool Training. The Evaluation Centers will be set up around the state at locations and dates to be announced. For detailed information please refer to the following document:
Evaluation - Identification Progrms
2) Open High School Evaluation Program
For players born in 1998, 1999, and 2000 who participate in high school soccer. Open High School Evaluations will take place on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, 2014 following the completion of a player's high school season. More information and registration information will be posted soon.
3) Scouting Program
The Indiana Olympic Development Program Coaches also watch league and high school games to identify players through direct participation with their club and high school teams. Players identified through the scouting program will be invited directly into the State Pool in their respective age group.
4) Recommendations from ODP State, Regional and National Coaches, as well as from Club Director of Coaches and High School Coaches
Indiana ODP solicits recommendations from coaches around the state, region and nation who have seen players play in the regular environments. If a players is recommended directly to the Indiana Olympic Development Program the player will either be invited directly into the State Pool or will be asked to attend an Evaluation Program for further evaluation.
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
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.