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ODP Overview

ODP

MISSION:
Alabama Soccer Association's Olympic Development Program identifies, trains, and provides opportunities for the top level players and those players striving to reach elite levels to compete at the regional and national level.

The Olympic Development Program acts as a supplement to club soccer, giving players opportunities to play with and against the best, while providing them exposure at the regional, national, and even international levels.

Our ODP Coaching Staff is comprised of coaches at the club, high school, and college levels who are nationally licensed, committed to teaching the Region 3 Style-of-Play, and to the development of each player.


HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?

WHO IS IT FOR: Players born in the following age groups are eligible for ODP this season:

AGE GROUP BORN BETWEEN
2007 1/1/2007 - 12/31/2007*
2006 1/1/2006 - 12/31/2006
2005 1/1/2005 - 12/31/2005
2004 1/1/2004 - 12/31/2004
2003 1/1/2003 - 12/31/2003
2002 1/1/2002 - 12/31/2002

*Select 2008 birth year players may participate. 


HOW ARE PLAYERS IDENTIFIED & EVALUATED: All players registered through ASA in the above age groups may tryout.  Players are evaluated based on their performance in executing the ODP Style of Play.  This method of playing the game is developmental in nature teaching purposeful possession with each position having a specific role to perform. To learn more about this way of playing click here.

The following ways describe how players are identified and invited to the program 

  1. Tryouts – an open tryout period takes place between September & December.  
  2. Scouting - players may be identified through the scouting system (members of the ODP Coaching Staff) and can be directly invited into the State Pool for an age group.
  3. 2018 Region Camp Invitees will receive invitations to join the pool as long as they attend 1 of the 4 Tryout events.

*All invitations into the State Pool are at the Technical Director's discretion

All other players must participate in tryouts including those who made last year's pool but did not receive an invitation to attend Region Camp

The youngest age groups, 9-12 year olds, are encouraged to participate in our Youth Development Program (YDP)


WHEN & WHERE DO EVENTS TAKE PLACEHere are the official Tryout dates and locations. 

  • October 20th& 21st - Montgomery, AL
  • November 17th& 18th - Montgomery, AL
  • December 15th& 16th - Daphne, AL


*We attempted to get a location in the northern part of the state but could not find suitable space


MY CHILD MADE THE POOL.  NOW WHAT? When a player is selected into the pool they will be notified via email.  All players must accept their position in the pool before proceeding further in the program.  Once the portion is accepted, they are eligible and strongly encouraged to attend all Pool Training events.  At these events, coaches will teach and evaluate players in the ODP Style of Play for selection to the State teams who attend the 2019 Region Camp.  Pool Training dates are:

  • January 26th& 27th
  • February 16th& 17th
  • March 16th& 17th

 

During the Pool Training Period, some players may be invited to participate in an Interregional Event for further evaluation.

In March, there is a possibility for some age groups to participate in an international trip.  This trip is an invite only opportunity.


ODP REGION CAMP: The pinnacle for the ODP Season is to represent the state of Alabama at the ODP Region 3 Trials in July.  Selection for teams attending the 2019 Region Camp will be made following the March Pool Training event.  Team/Pool Training will take place after teams are announced:

  • April 13th& 14th
  • May 18th& 19th
  • June 6th– 9th(Mini Camp) 

 
REGION CAMP DATES:

GENDER & AGE GROUPS LOCATION DATES
Girls 07 & 06 University of Montevallo TBA
Girls 05 & 04 University of Montevallo TBA
Girls 03 & 02 University of Montevallo TBA
Boys 05, 04 & 03 University of Alabama TBA
Boys 06, 07, & 02 University of Alabama  TBA

 


WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM COST?

Click here to see a breakdown of the estimated yearly cost to participate.  Scholarships are available to those in need.


Alabama Soccer Association understands that conflicts will arise.  Players must register and attend at least one Pool Training Event to be considered for the State Team. After the State Pool training sessions/events, about 14-22 players for the older age groups will be selected in each age group to represent the ‘State Team’.  For any age group where there is a deep pool of talent, and especially the younger age groups (2005s, 2006s, & 2007s), there may be two or three teams.  


MISCELLANEOUS

  1. The state reserves the right to add or release players at any time.  
  2. AHSAA players are allowed one "evaluation" per month based on AHSAA rules during their high school season.  For clarification, please contact AHSAA for questions.  Players interested in participating in ODP full-time during the spring season instead of playing high school soccer should see Alabama Elite.
  3. Players that reside in border states (FL, GA, TN, MS) that wish to participate in ASA ODP must first be released by the state association in which they reside.  Please contact that state association for official protocol.

 
 
 
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