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.