The Illinois Olympic Development Program or ODP is the start of the IDENTIFICATION process for the National and Olympic Teams. The Illinois Youth Soccer Association conducts the program for US Soccer under the jurisdiction of the US Olympic Committee. The ODP is protected by the Amateur Sports Act, a federal law enacted by Congress in 1978. The purpose of this prestigious program is to IDENTIFY players on the basis of open tryouts and DEVELOP them to the best of their ability for an opportunity to be selected to represent their state, region, and the United States in soccer competition. ODP teams are formed at each of the 55 US Youth Soccer State Associations.
Any age eligible soccer player can participate in the open ODP registration process. However, ODP is for the serious soccer player who has hopes of playing in college and beyond. Participation in ODP does not replace club play or disqualify a player from playing with his/her Club or High School team.
Illinois ODP staff coaches are experienced selected professionals who are recognized for their ability to identify and train players with superior skills and challenge them to play at their highest potential. Illinois ODP Staff consists of College Coaches, Club Directors of Coaching, Club Coaches, High School Coaches, and renowned GUEST coaches. All Coaches have quality credentials with the majority having US Soccer Federation ‘A’ or ‘B’ licenses.
In addition to our top-level staff coaches, Illinois ODP players have taken part in special training sessions over the years lead by the following Guest Coaches:
Players are evaluated and selected on the following major components:
1. Indoor Sessions (open to everyone)
2. Interstate Friendlies (by invitation only)
3. Regional Camp (by invitation only)
4. Regional Events (by invitation only)
5. National Events (by invitation only)
Illinois ODP Indoor Sessions
The ODP process starts with 7 Indoor Sessions between November and January. It is at the 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. From these trainings some players will be invited to participate in Interstate Friendlies. More importantly, it is during these trainings that the ODP coaches will identify players for Illinois State Team selection. After the completion of the Indoor Sessions, those players who are not selected will be released.
In addition to the Indoor Sessions, IYSA will organize Friendlies with other states’ ODP teams.
The purpose of the Friendlies is to further evaluate certain players in a game environment against other states’ players. Not every player or age group will be invited to participate in an Interstate Friendly. Teams may travel to other states depending on facility availability. There is an additional fee for the Friendlies. Players will need to provide their own transportation and arrange hotel accommodations should the game schedule require an overnight stay.
US Youth Soccer Region II ODP Camp
The US Youth Soccer Regional Camp is under the jurisdiction of US Youth Soccer Region II not Illinois Youth Soccer. Region II runs the camp, selects the coaching staff and identifies the Regional Pool players from competitions among the 14 State Association ODP teams. The regional camps are camps that take place in July and last between 2-5 days depending on the age group. This year the regional camps are in Illinois.
For regional camp information, please see https://www.usyouthsoccer.org/midwest/odp-midwest/
Illinois State Team players can expect to attend 1-2 tournaments with the team. The first event takes place over President’s Day Weekend in February. The next one is in the summer with dates and location to be determined.
Ultimately players chosen to the Illinois State Team can also be invited to attend the Midwest Regional Camp in July with the opportunity to be selected for the Midwest Regional Pool.
U.S. Youth Soccer is the national organization for youth soccer and oversees ODP at a Regional and National level. The country is split into four regions, East, West, Midwest, and South. Each region consist of a group of states and their own Olympic Development Program. Illinois falls into the Midwest Region.
Players from each state are invited to the Midwest Regional Camp in July based on their performances in their states ODP. After the camp, players from each age group can be selected to the Midwest Regional Pool. Those players can be selected to participate in National events throughout the country to compete against the three other regions.
Indoor Sessions – Approximately $470
Interstate Friendlies – Varies with each event.
Regional Camp – Varies between approximately $300 and $500 depending on the regional costs and camp duration.
No. ODP does not provide refunds for any reason.
As an organization we want to get the best players into our program. If cost is a concern we have some options that may help. There is a Financial Aid Application that may qualify an eligible player for a partial or complete scholarship. This Application which is forwarded to an outside accounting firm for consideration must be submitted prior to start of the Indoor Sessions. Players who do not qualify for an ODP scholarship can obtain a donation letter.
There is no penalty for missing a session but commitment to the ODP is a consideration. Additionally, the coaching staff needs to see you play and it may improve your chances of getting invited to additional events. KEEP IN MIND THAT EACH SESSION IS A TRYOUT.
PLAYERS MAY NOT ATTEND A MAKE-UP A SESSION WITH A DIFFERENT AGE GROUP! NO EXCEPTIONS!
Ivan Rico – ODP Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org 847-290-1577 ext. 109
ODP Director of Coaching
Marek Radziszewski- email@example.com 847-290-1577 ext. 105
Our offices are located at 1655 S. Arlington Heights, Suite 201, Arlington Heights, IL 60005