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Olympic Development Program

The goal of ODP is to identify and provide opportunities for high potential players, facilitate their development, and expose them to the next level in their pathway.

The ASA ODP Pathway begins with YDP (ages 8-10) which leads into Alabama ODP. Players from AL ODP have progressed to play at the Regional and National ODP levels, collegiate programs, professional clubs, and the US National Team!

Benefits of ODP

Players participating in ODP have the chance to:

Be invited to represent Alabama ODP on State Teams at South Region events
Earn selection to the South Region ODP ID Camp
Be scouted by professional clubs from MLS, US National Team Scouts
Work with some of the top coaches in our state–including college coaches 

How to Join

23/24 Season Birth Years: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

Joining is simple:

STEP #1: Players first register for the ODP Program by clicking the red 2023/2024 Program Registration button above.  This must be completed each seasonal year (August – July). Once we approve the registration, move to step 2.

STEP #2Register for & attend an Alabama ODP ID & Training Center for assessment to make the Alabama ODP Age Group Pool. You can find the schedule here. Players are evaluated on the Alabama ODP Player Assessment & Criteria.

  • Following your first event, players who make the pool will receive an email invitation to attend future ID & Training Centers & order their ODP Training & Match Uniforms.  Once a player has been selected for their Age Group Pool, they remain in the pool for the duration of their youth soccer experience – they do not have to tryout again each year (But do need to register for the program).
  • Players not selected to join their respective Age Group Pool will be directed back to their club for training via email.  These players are encouraged to continue working on their game in their home environment for several months before attempting to try-out for ODP again.

STEP #3: (After making the Alabama ODP Age Group Pool)  Attend as many ID & Training Centers as you can so we can track development.  Talent identification & development is a long-term process!

Each ID & Training Center has 3 sessions:

SESSION #1: Training Session – Coaches teach the criteria we assess

SESSION #2: Scrimmage Games – Coaches assess players

SESSION #3: Training then Scrimmage Games – Coaches teach then assess

*Players are encouraged to attend all 3 sessions but can attend fewer if their schedule demands.
The schedule is subject to change

Alabama ODP Pool Players are encouraged to attend as many ID & Training Centers as possible so coaches can guide and track player development and compete for selection to:

State Team events: (Memphis Inter-Regionals – Feb.)
South Intra-Regional Scouting Combine – June
South Region ID Camp – July

Players warranting invitation to the South Region ODP ID Camp receive invitations from US Youth Soccer in late Spring to attend the summer camp. At camp, the top 60-100 players from the states within our region compete to make the Regional Pool for each age group.  Players making these pools are then eligible to receive invitations to the below events in the following seasonal year:

ODP Inter-regionals
USYS National ODP Training Camp
USYS National Team & International Trips

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS!

ODP program registration which includes access to Techne Futbol – a personal training tool that players can use to develop on their own.

We’ve also partnered with the United Goalkeeping Alliance to provide virtual training to all Alabama ODP GKs! Click here to let us know that you are a goalkeeper so we can get you access to this great benefit!

Miscellaneous

Players may be identified by official Alabama ODP Scouts at Alabama State League games and Mid-South Conference games and be directly invited to participate in ODP. Note: Players should not rely on the scouting system to be identified. We simply cannot be at every State League game, but you never know who is watching so perform at your best!

The state reserves the right to add or release players at any time.

HIGH SCHOOL RULES: 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.

Players that reside in border states (FL, GA, TN, MS) may participate in ASA ODP with permission from their home State Soccer Association.

For a complete breakdown of the costs associated with participating in ODP, Click here

Scholarship opportunities are available and can be completed by filling out the ODP Scholarship Application.

For questions, contact Kevin Laux – kevin@alsoccer.org