Illinois ODP: Developmental Group

For Under-12 Players

The Developmental ODP is designed to provide quality training opportunities to Under-12 competitive/travel players seeking new challenges, advanced training and an overnight camp experience.

Open Winter Trainings 


Any soccer player is eligible to participate in the ODP process provided he or she is age eligible. 

Each age group will have fourteen (14) hours of training over seven (7) days. These winter trainings will be used not only for technical training but also evaluation and identification.



Trainings sessions are conducted by Illinois ODP staff coaches who are recognized for their ability to identify and train players with superior skills. They include club, high school, and college coaches certified thru the US Soccer Federation and other international soccer agencies. The coaching staff and selection process is overseen by the Illinois Youth Soccer Directors of Coaching, Marek Radziszewski and Adam Howarth.

Players are evaluated and selected on the four pillars of the game:

  • Technical Skills (Passing, Receiving, etc.)
  • Tactical Ability (Decision Making)
  • Physical and Athletic Ability
  • Leadership, Communication, Attitude & Willingness to Learn

It during these Indoor Sessions that players learn what it takes to become an ODP player and to compete against other quality players under the guidance of the ODP staff and renowned GUEST coaches.

Tournament & Subregional Events
Players may be selected from the Winter ODP trainings to represent Illinois in an interstate game, tournament or subregional event.  Not every player will be invited.  There is an additional fee for each event.  Each player is required to arrange his/her own accommodations and transportation.

Illinois ODP Player Development Camp
All players that are enrolled in the under-12 age group are invited to the Player Development Camp for advanced training in an overnight camp experience.  There is an additional cost for the camp.