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ODP Tryouts Announcement


The Indiana Soccer Olympic Development Program is part of the US Youth Soccer ODP program. US Youth Soccer originally created this program in the late 70s to help identify, train, and develop young players to represent their state, their region and their country in soccer competitions. The ODP program is for a specified age group as directed by US Youth Soccer as well as the Midwest Region (the region that Indiana is included in).

Each state association runs their own program at various times of year. This document will explain the program in the state of Indiana as well as give guidance about ODP tryouts in our state.

The Indiana ODP program starts in September and runs through June. There are 3 phases in the program with a season-ending intra-regional tournament held in June for select members. Phase 1 (summer/fall for non-high school players only) and Phase 2 (late fall/winter for all players) are referred to as state pool training. Phase 3 (spring/early summer is for state team and state team alternates only (selections for this phase are made in mid-March).

Players that finish in Phase 3 (state team training pool) will be invited back into the pool the next fall, and that pool will again become the state pool, training group.

Players that are on the state team any given year are not automatically back on the state team the following year. All players that are in-state pool training have an opportunity to make the state team each year.

Note: Players that finish in Phase 3 and are invited back into the pool via an email from Indiana ODP administrator Joy in August, do not need to sign up for ODP tryouts. Tryouts are only for players that are trying to get into the pool for the first time, or for those that were not invited back into the pool via email from Joy.

Indiana ODP tryouts are open to any soccer player in our state regardless of club and/or national affiliation. Any player that wishes to try out may do so during the training sessions that occur in September – December (remembering that high school players cannot try out until their high school season is complete).

Registration must be completed by going to the Indiana Soccer ODP tryouts page of the website:

Note: If a player is affiliated with an Indiana Soccer club, do not create a new GotSoccer account when you register. All players in an Indiana Soccer club already have a unique username and password that should be used to register. If you do not know your player username and password, please click on the Forgotten player password on the registration form. If that doesn’t work, please contact either your club registrar or the ODP admin Joy Carter for assistance.

I would also suggest reading as much as you can about the program on the other ODP pages of the website.

Indiana ODP tryouts occur on the ODP state pool training dates that are on the state pool calendar. This can be found on any of the ODP website pages including the one given above. Tryout players will check-in upon arrival and receive a red, numbered tryout shirt. Tryout players will train with the already established state pool players as referenced above. Players that are trying out will receive an email within 5 business days from the ODP Administrator. This email will make them aware of their ODP status.

For further information, questions about the program, or any other concerns, please contact either the ODP director or the ODP administrator.

For developmental training/coaching questions, contact Indian ODP Director Todd Sheely (

For administrative/GotSoccer/registration issues, contact Indiana ODP Administrator Joy Carter (