The mission of the US Youth Soccer’s Olympic Development Program is to identify players of the highest caliber on a continuing and consistent basis, which will lead to increased success for the US National Teams.
The mission of Missouri Youth Soccer Association’s (MYSA) Olympic Development Program is to identify and develop the top players registered within the State of Missouri, to promote development through quality coaching, and to help these players gain recognition on the Regional and National levels. Current Teams and Coaches can be found at the bottom of this page.
Benefits of Participating
* Development as a player by training with and playing against the best players in one’s age group.
* Quality instruction from nationally licensed coaches.
* Quality competition, including games against other State’s ODP teams in Region 2.
* Exposure to collegiate, professional, regional and national team coaches.
* The opportunity to represent one’s state, region, or country in competition.
Read about Brionna Halversen of Bolivar – From Missouri ODP to U17 USWNT Team Camp
Here are our other ODP player accomplishments !
Any soccer player registered in Missouri Youth Soccer Association is eligible for consideration in the ODP provided he or she meets the age requirement for the established age group. Tryouts are open to all players. If a player is not registered with MYSA, they will be registered when they sign up for tryouts.
The Olympic Development Program follows different age requirements than Club Soccer. The age groups for ODP are determined by the year of birth. That is, players are put together if they were born between January 1st and December 31st. The youngest age group is considered ‘Developmental’. There are six (6) age groups involved in State ODP each year.
Selection of the top players is not an easy task. Players are evaluated on 4 components that make up a soccer player.
2. Tactical sense or decision making ability
3. Fitness and athletic ability
The ODP seasonal year follows the same season as Clubs: beginning September 1st of each year. The first step in the process is for the player is to register. In order for a player to be involved in the ODP program, he/she must be registered online through the MYSA website. Go to the ODP tab on the top of the website and the boys registration will be under the Boys tab and the girls will be under the Girls tab. As part of the registration, you will be asked to pay the fee and provide paperwork: a copy of the Birth Certificate and a Medical Release form. (Note: returning players who have the paperwork on file from the Previous year do not need to provide it again – but you WILL need new paperwork for the Regional Event). After the player is registered and paid, with the paperwork on file, then the player attends tryouts. After tryouts a group of players are chosen as the State Team in that age group. Then they train and prepare for the culmination of the ODP Seasonal year: the Regional Event. (See more under “Regional Event” below.)
There initially will be four (4) tryouts, 2 per date on 2 dates. Usually, these take place in November and December. We strongly recommend that every player attend all four of these initial tryouts. If a player cannot attend any session, he/she should the team coach to let him/her know the reason. Failure to attend a session will not be held against the player, especially if due to a club conflict. However, most players will be required to attend at least on one tryout session. There are exceptions to this – such as a player who has already been named to the National team – but they are rare. The “first cut” may occur after these 4 sessions, depending upon the coaches. Another tryout/training session will take place in January – if the weather permits. If a player is invited to the January session, we again strongly encourage attendance. The State Team will be named by the end of January, and published the first week of February.
The registration fee for 2015-2016 is $175.00.
The registration fee helps to defray the actual costs involved in administering the program, the state tryouts, and State team training. It does NOT apply nor cover any costs to the Region Event. Additional costs could be incurred for competitions, additional training sessions, the Region Event, and extra team equipment orders should your team decide they want extra items.
Upon selection, a Missouri ODP player is expected to participate in all activities of their team. Any player NOT able to attend a training session should let the coach know the reason – in advance.
Each age group – except High School-aged girls – will hold monthly winter training sessions in February, March and April. High School girls cannot participate during their High School season. Some teams may also train in May. Then the team will also train and prepare for the Region Event in June and/or July.Competitions
There will be an effort to include the State team in a competition against: other States’ ODP teams, or high quaility Club teams, or each other. Transportation to such events would be the responsibility of the players and their parents. In the recent past, such competitions have been held in Belleville-IL, Kansas City-MO, Lincoln-NE, and St Louis. Dates for these will be given as far in advance as possible.
The primary event for ODP is the Regional Events. It is the culmination of the ODP year. The event is either a Tournament, a 5-day camp or a 4-day Developmental camp.
Here you can find the coaches for our ODP teams.