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ODP/Team Genius Partnership


What Has Team Genius Done For ODP? 

The Director of ODP - Todd Sheely & the ODP Staff would like to inform you about the purchase of evaluation software, Team Genius for coaches to use when evaluating our players. Each coach will be trained to use the software and all players will be evaluated using the same criteria. Each player will be evaluated twice per year with more information coming.

Indiana Soccer and Indiana ODP recognize the financial burden recent times have placed on many of our families. The new program will be provided for all players at no additional costs. Team Genius will help enhance a player’s development. As we move into the 2020/21 season more info will be available about the new initiative.

Soccer clubs have been burdened with the methods of old. Data and feedback from coaches has traditionally been slow to collect and quite often, clubs have not had the ability to support their team placement decisions nor discuss with a parent how a player can take the next step with their game. Using TeamGenius, clubs can capture data quickly and share feedback reports to improve transparency with the assessment process. Take a look at the mobile app in action to see how the digital format of evaluating players can save time for your coaches and support your club.


Team Genius Software

  • Team Genius is an evaluation software. It can be accessed via an app or straight from your phone or on a desktop/laptop format.
  • To date we have developed and delivered over 550 evaluations to Indiana ODP players. Each player who attended at least two sessions prior to December 19, 2020 received a mid-season evaluation.
  • All players will receive an end of season evaluation in July.

Evaluation Grid

  • Evaluation is based on the following six (US Soccer defined) key qualities
    • Initiative
    • Game Awareness & Decision making
    • Focus
    • Technical Skill
    • Physical Ability
      • Responsibility

Rubric - The following was used as a basis for evaluating the individual criteria.

  • Initiative
    • Does the player show initiative? Are they trying to be the player makes a difference in the game? When they make a mistake, do they fight to get the ball back?
  • Game Awareness & Decision Making
    • ​“The main thing we look at is game awareness and decision making. Are their eyes up when they receive the ball? Do they analyze the field for positions of players and spaces to exploit? Are they looking around before they get the ball? If they trap the ball and then they’re looking around, it’s too late. I pay attention to players that draw my attention in a good way. I’ll start looking at them when they have the ball and when they don’t have the ball. What they do during transition moments is also very important. The game is so fast at the international level. You have to be able to transition.
  • Focus​
    •  “A player with great focus plays to win, is composed in behavior, enhances the team by executing his tasks. This player listens to the coach, doesn’t get distracted by the sideline or nearby games, and keeps focus on the game and the field. This is important during games and training sessions.”
  • Technical Skill
    • When we say ‘technical skill,’ we mean ability to be effective in all situations and to be creative under pressure. ‘Ball skills’ is rather vague. How are they with the ball at their feet? Dribbling. Speed. Changing direction with the ball. Finishing ability. Receiving the ball. Being able to weight the first touch, second touch, and passes in the right way for that specific situation.“
  • Physical Ability
    • “Physical strength, or physical ability, is another key quality. We know that kids mature and hit puberty at different ages. This is why keeping reports over the years is so important. We can track these players as they move through their physical growth and how they handle it.” Making sure that things like their physical fitness is a top priority as well.
  • Responsibility
    • Let’s say the game stops for an injury and play stops. The coach may say, ‘OK guys, bring it in. Come closer so I can talk to you.’ One kid is stretching or not paying attention at all. Another player is, like, all ears & eyes on the coach. He’s obviously thinking, ‘The coach is giving us information right now that we can use to help us with our game and can help me be a better player.’ A lot more of this happens at Talent ID centers. These players train all day with coaches and scouts. When the day is over, I bring in each kid in for a meeting at the end of the day. Were they paying attention? Or were they not? Do they care enough about their own improvement to really listen to me? We also talk to coaches and find out which players take responsibility for their own development. Are they going out and getting extra touches on their own every day? Are they seeking out extra training sessions? Extra cardio work to improve fitness? A lot of that has to be self-motivated. That’s where responsibility comes in. Put in the effort to find or create the best training environment for yourself.“

ODP YouTube Channel

  • The videos captured by the VEO Cameras are edited – removing halftime and other dead periods using iMovie.  ​

  • The edited videos are uploaded to the Indiana ODP YouTube Channel​

  • There are currently 39 videos on the Indiana  channel i.e.​

  • Matches​

    • GK Training​

    • Training with JC on individual ball work​

    • Festival of games with Coach Steve Franklin

Channel The initial videos have been posted for just a few weeks and already some have received in excess of 100 views 

 To learn more about TeamGenius, visit the partnership page:



About The Indiana Soccer/Team Genius Partnership 

Westfield, IN (June 18, 2020) – ODP Director, Todd Sheely is pleased to announce that Indiana Soccer has partnered with TeamGenius, the leading athlete evaluation app for tryouts, evaluations, and player development.


With this new partnership, Indiana Soccer will leverage TeamGenius’ innovative athlete evaluation tools for Olympic Development roster selection and athlete evaluations. This also provides an opportunity for member clubs to implement the technology to aid in accomplishing their own tryout & player development goals.

 “Indiana Soccer is excited to be partnering with TeamGenius, a company that provides the best player evaluation app for sports tryouts, camps, and team evaluations,” said Indiana Soccer ODP Director Todd Sheely. “At ODP we see this as a unique opportunity to enable our players and coaching staff with tools that will optimize data entry, save time during soccer tryouts and evaluations. We are confident that our staff will make the most of the software for player evaluation throughout the season to where our kids can benefit the most. I would encourage clubs in Indiana to add this software to their player development toolbox and help elevate players’ performance for future success.”

 TeamGenius player evaluation software and mobile app will be used to evaluate, roster, and provide feedback for the Indiana Soccer Olympic Development Program’s coaches and players. The transition to digital evaluations will provide additional efficiencies, structure, and transparency for Indiana Soccer, and give coaches the ability to share player development progress at any time during the process.

 “Anytime technology can be coupled with the professional contribution of coaches, the player benefits.  Team Genius is an intuitive, web-based technology that allows multiple coaches to provide player feedback using a common format and structure.  The resulting evaluations can be used to guide the player’s development and to assist college coaches in identifying players that are a good match for their college roster”, stated Dave Guthrie, Executive Director of Indiana Soccer.

 “Indiana Soccer has always been a leader in youth soccer programming, perfectly balancing a kids-first approach with high-quality competitive programs for top-level players,” said Chris Knutson, CEO of TeamGenius. “We are excited to bring better evaluations to their network of member clubs and further support the Olympic Development Program through this partnership. The future of youth soccer in America is bright and player development is going to be a key factor to reach the next level. It’s an honor to work with such an intelligent group of individuals like the staff at Indiana Soccer.”

 To learn more about TeamGenius, visit the partnership page:

 About Indiana Soccer: Indiana Soccer has a current membership base of over 60,000 youth players, 3,000 adult players, 8,000 active coaches, 3,800 referees and thousands of volunteers through its network of over 140 local member clubs across the state of Indiana with the goal of creating a fun, positive, healthy, and safe environment incorporating the principles of fair play and good sportsmanship. For more information, visit

About TeamGenius: TeamGenius is the leading athlete evaluation software provider for youth sports organizations. Founded in 2015, TeamGenius serves thousands of youth athletes, coaches, staff, and volunteers with an easy-to-use platform for managing tryouts, camps, player feedback & development programs. TeamGenius is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more information, visit