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What age can my player try out?

Each year there are ONLY 6 years that are evaluated during try outs. We allow one year younger, but no more than that. For the 2019-20 season, the ages are ’03, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07 and ’08s. This means for the 2019-20 teams, we can not have players born in 2009 or younger attend these try outs.

Does a player have to attend both tryouts to be considered?

NO!  A player can attend one or both sessions depending on their schedule, however both is encouraged.

Can I play High School Soccer and participate in the ODP program without violating any NCAA rules?

Yes!  Contact our office to obtain a form that's to be given to the principal of your high school; they must send it along to your school district.  You CAN be turned down by either your principal or the school district, but we haven’t had that happen.  Send us an e-mail at and in the subject line put; ODP High School form needed.  ALL ODP players (team, alternate, pool players) should fill out this form if any training causes them to miss school, as well as any player that is involved with high school sports where the OPD program causes them to miss trainings.

How are Players Selected?

Players are selected, in most states, on the basis of open tryouts. These tryouts are conducted by state association 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, in most cases, be assisted in the selection process by several other qualified coaches from the club or league level. Players are evaluated on the four components that make up a soccer player:

  1. Technique
  2. Tactics
  3. Fitness and Athletic Ability
  4. Psychological Component (attitude)

What does it mean if my player was selected as an “alternate”?

Alternates are very important to the ODP program/and teams.  An alternate is to attend all trainings and camps that team members attend, in case they have to replace a team member that is injured, sick, or unable to attend the ODP Tournament.  Alternates do NOT pay uniform fees, only team members pay those, but they DO have to pay their “pool” fees like everyone else.  The only time that an alternate would have to pay the last installment/uniform/tournament fees is if they are replacing a team player that is unable to attend.  Otherwise they do NOT attend the ODP tournament unless replacing a team player.  Alternates are welcome to attend team training sessions.

What are Regional Camps?

US Youth Soccer is divided into four regions, each which offers a regional camp for state association ODP teams in each eligible age group. The camps are designed to provide 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. Your state association or regional administrator should be contacted for more information.

What is a National Camp?

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 is present at these events to observe, train, and indentify players for placement in the national pool or on a national team.