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PLEASE NOTE- ODP for 2020/21 will begin soon. There will be an updated process for selecting this ODP cycle's teams and we are excited to restart in October with events planned throughout the year and an opportunity to attend the June 2021 sub-regional selection. If you have any questions, please contact Kostas Hatzikoutelis, Director of Coaching & Player Development.

Q: What is the Purpose of ODP?

A: Check out our What is ODP page for this information.

Q: Which age groups are eligible for ODP?

A: For the 2020/21 (cycle) seasonal year, the following age groups are eligible: '04s, '05s, '06s, '07s, and '09s. The boys will have six (6) age groups from 2009 to 2004. The girls will have five (5) age groups since the girls combine the 2005s and 2004s.

ODP Costs

Q: What are the costs associated with ODP?

A: The costs of the ODP program can vary slightly year to year but this provides a good baseline of what costs to expect. 

Tryout Fees:
Returning Players: $0
State Tryout: $45
Training Fees
Returning Player: $250
New Player: $300

Sub Regional Event Fees: TBD

US Youth Soccer ODP is Launching a New Structure and Exciting New Format

US Youth Soccer has revamped the ODP nationwide, with a new pathway to the top that has been created. A scouting system and more events are added, including a National ODP Camp as well as an International ODP trip for the top ODP players. 

The New Pathway and Player Selection Process

The critical first step in the process starts with the selection of the Georgia ODP squad. 

State pools will be selected in all six (6) boys age groups and the five (5) girls age groups and train with a highly qualified staff to ideally prepare each player for the best opportunity to be identified to perform and be selected for the next level. All the age groups pools will attend the January Sub-Regional event in North Carolina from January 4 to 5, 2020. 

Based on player evaluation at practices and the January Sub-Regional, a state team in each age group will be selected to participate in the newly created Regional ODP Championship. 

Regional ODP Championships are in the process of being planned for January and June each year; generally, January in Florida and June in Tennessee (2021 events are to be confirmed).

During the early summer, additional Sub-Regional events will take place. 

Scouting and Player Selection Process

Region ODP scouts will attend all the Sub-Regional events as well as the Regional ODP Championships and use these events to identify players for the Region ID Camp which will take place in July each year. US Youth Soccer will invite the identified players to the Region ID Camp which means states will no longer send state teams to the Region ID camp. 

At the Region ID Camp, a region team will be selected for each age group and will participate at the Inter-Regional even in November (girls) and December (boys) in Florida

From the Inter-Regional event, a pool of 24 players will be selected and invited to attend a National ODP Camp from January in Florida. This camp will be free for the players. 

At the National ODP Camp, a team of 18 players will be selected in a couple of age groups to travel on an international trip which will be free for the players. The international trip will take place in the spring

Player Selection at the State Level

Q: Can players be added to the State Pool after tryouts are over?

A: Club coaches who feel strongly that the evaluators missed a quality player can contact the Director as the first step in the process for re-evaluation. The player in question may be invited to an ODP practice for a second evaluation or a staff coach may be sent to watch the player play in a club game. 

Typical scenarios that might warrant a player added to the pool are: 

  • Quality player moving into Georgia after the tryouts
  • Quality player missing the tryouts due to injury
  • Quality player identified by State, Regional or National staff coach after the tryouts through the scouting network

Players who excel at the Regional Identification Centers may also be promoted into the state pool.

The ODP at the state level has an obligation to identify the best players and put them in front of the regional staff as its critical mission for the program. 

Q: What is the tryout process like at the State Level?

A: For most ages, the tryout process in Georgia starts with preliminary tryouts in September, followed immediately by the state tryouts in September or October. Some of the older age groups do not have preliminary tryouts due to the smaller number of players involved. In those instances, all the players go directly to the state tryouts.

Q: What is the tryout fee?

A: The state tryout fee is $45. When you register your child for ODP tryouts online, you will be prompted to pay the fee. If you advance from the preliminary tryouts to the state tryouts, you will have to register again online for the state tryouts and pay the additional $45 fee.

Q: What is the Exempt List?

A: In the age groups that start with a preliminary tryout, the exempt list is a list of players who can skip the preliminary tryouts and go directly to the state tryouts. The list includes players from the previous year’s state pool as well as a few players who excelled at the state’s Regional Identification Center (RIC) and those identified via the pre-ODP scouting program.

Georgia Soccer currently supports Regional Identification Centers in North Georgia, Southeast Region, South Region, Central Regionand  Southwest RegionThe RIC runs parallel and independent to the ODP, with its own selection process and weekly training sessions in the winter and spring. 

Players who excel at the RIC are promoted to the state ODP through a constant communication link between the RIC and ODP staff. Information about the RIC is posted on the Regional Identification Center page and typically appears in mid-October with tryout details. 

ODP Region ID Camp

Q: What is a region?

A: US Youth Soccer split the country into four regions for administrative and logistical purposes. The four regions are known as East Region, Midwest  Region, South Region, and West Region.

Each region is comprised of 12 to 14 states. We are in South Region with Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Texas, North Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

Q: What is the purpose of Region ID Camp?

A: The main purpose of Region ID Camp is to evaluate the players from all the states within our region and select a region pool of players in each age group for further evaluation and competition and held in July each year. 

Q: What is the player selection process at the Region Level?

A: At Region Camp, players are assigned to a team and are evaluated for selection into the region pool in each age group.  At the end of camp, a region pool of 40 to 60 players is selected with a final 16-18 identified to participate in national camps, inter-regional events, and/or international trips. 

Q: What is the role of the Region Staff?

A: The Region Head Coach appoints Age Group Coaches and support staff. Each age group has a Head Coach, a couple of Assistant Coaches, a Keeper Coach, and additional staff coaches. At Region Camp, each staff coach is assigned to work with one or two teams for the duration of the five-day session.

Q: How many players from Georgia typically make the region pools?

A: Historically, Georgia players have been well represented at the Regional level. Although there is no guarantee, and the numbers vary from year to year. On average, about 60 to 70 of the 200 or so Georgia boys and girls who attend region camp each year get selected to the region pools. 

It would not be unusual to have 20 to 30 make the region teams and 6 to 10 make the national pools in their age groups. This makes Georgia one of the top states in the country for success at placing players at the next level.

Q: What benefits do players who are not selected to region pools get from Region ID Camp?

A: Region ID Camp has many other benefits for all the players. It is a chance for players to challenge themselves and gauge themselves against the best in the region. Good players thrive on playing against quality opponents and Region Camp provides a competition level that is rare.

Region Camp exposes players to top college and national staff coaches. College coaches regard ODP participation and attendance in region camp as an indication of the players’ ability and ambition.