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Chris Richards
Chris grew up in Hoover, AL playing for Hoover Soccer Club.  His efforts in ODP helped him see a new level of play that increased his desire to bet the best.  Before joining FC Dallas Development Academy, Chris was awarded DA Central Conference Player of the Year on the way to winning the National Championship with the Houston Texans beating FC Dallas in the process. He quickly moved to FC Dallas then on to FC Bayern Munich where he made his first team debut in June of 2020!

Chris recently scored his first international goal for the USA in the Nation League finals to help the US defend its crown!

Julia Pack

Julia played for Birmingham United Soccer Association during her youth career and went on several ODP trips from the National Team Camp to Rio De Janiero in Brazil.  She went on to play for Auburn University Women’s Soccer before transferring to Auburn University at Montgomery.

Brandon Servania

Brandon Servania grew up playing with Birmingham United and Vestavia Hills Soccer Club and participated in Alabama ODP.  He moved to Dallas to join FC Dallas’ Development Academy and committed to Wake Forest for his Freshman year of college. After his Freshman year, he returned to FC Dallas to sign a homegrown contract and join the 1st team.  He’s also represented the US Youth National Team across multiple age groups and was recently capped by the Senior Men’s National Team!

Grace McClellan

Grace participated in ODP for several years persevering through the challenges to make the State Team then the Region Team where she went on two trips to England in her final years in the program.  This lead her to the LSU Women’s Soccer Team! 

Tanner Tessmann

Tanner Tessmann played with Birmingham United Soccer Association and participated in ODP for several years going on several trips with the Region Team and ODP National Team.  He joined the FC Dallas Development Academy in 2016.  From there he worked his way to the first team where he signed a homegrown contract and debuted with the first team in 2020!

Tanner now plays for Venezia FC in Italy’s Serie B.

Maddison “Goose” Martin

Maddison “Goose” Martin played for Birmingham United growing up and had several successes with ODP including a trip to Costa Rica!  She worked with the coaches at LSU during her time in ODP which helped her land a scholarship to the Division 1 school!

David Wrona

David Wrona grew up playing with Birmingham United Soccer Association and was a teammate of Tanner Tessmann and Chris Richards.  David played ODP for several years going to IMG and Argentina with the Region Team before moving on to the Columbus Crew Development Academy.  He currently plays for Wake Forest.

Lucas Rizzo

Lucas grew up playing with the Capital City Streaks in Montgomery and Alabama FC in Birmingham.  His involvement with the ODP Region & National Teams brought him to various countries around the world including Costa Rica, Scotland, and Portugal before signing with the Columbus Crew Development Academy in August of 2020!


To identify players of the highest caliber on a continuing and consistent basis, which will lead to increased success for the U.S. National Teams in the international arena.

Alabama ODP Objectives:

Alabama Soccer Association’s Olympic Development Program is an identification and training program that provides exclusive opportunities for players to reach the next level of play.  

Check out these inspiring stories of Alabama ODP Players making it to the next level!

Players participating in ODP have the chance to

      • Be invited to represent Alabama ODP on State Teams at events in our Region
      • 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 the State & college coaches

WHO IS ODP FOR: This season players born in the following age groups are eligible for ODP:




1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009


1/1/2008 – 12/31/2008


1/1/2007 – 12/31/2007


1/1/2006 – 12/31/2006


1/1/2005 – 12/31/2005


1/1/2004 – 12/31/2004

    • Eligible players include any player registered as an Alabama Soccer Association member in the above age groups 
    • Non-ASA members can also participate by paying an additional $25 fee to cover insurance.
    • Players aged 9-11 years old, are encouraged to participate in our Youth Development Program (YDP) the precursor and preporatory program for ODP


    1. Players first register for the 2020 -2021 ODP Program – CLICK HERE
    2. Attend an Alabama ODP ID & Training Center for assessment to make the Age Group Pool.
        • Players who make the pool will receive an email invitation to attend future ID & Training Centers & order the ODP Training & Match Uniforms.
        • Players not currently up to the required standard for the 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.
    3. Age Group Pool players are encouraged to attend as many ID & Training Centers as possible so coaches can guide development and track the player’s progress.
    4. Players in the Age Group Pool compete for selection to
        • State Team events – Sub-regionals, ID Combines, etc.
        • Invitation to the South Region ID Camp 

Players identified by coaches and scouts as those 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
      • Generation Adidas Showcase Event


Players are evaluated based on their performance in the Key Qualities of a US Soccer Player and the Position Specific Roles. Alabama ODP ID Center’s training sessions teach a style of play focused on expressing these Key Qualities through a purposeful possession approach to playing the game. To learn more about this way of playing click here.

Our Alabama ODP Scouting & Coaching Staff is comprised of coaches at the club and college levels who are nationally licensed, skilled evaluators of talent who are committed to the development of each player and the game of soccer.



CLICK HERE for the 2019 – 2020 ODP Calendar.


CLICK HERE to see a breakdown of the estimated yearly cost to participate. Program fees cover all administrative & logisitical items needed to run the program.
Scholarships are available to those qualifying and in need.

Alabama Soccer Association understands that conflicts will arise. Players must register for each State ID Center. For Showcase Events, 14-22 players for each age groups will be selected to represent Alabama as a ‘State Team’. For any age group where there is a deep pool of talent, and especially the younger age groups there may be more than one team.



    1. 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!
    2. The state reserves the right to add or release players at any time.
    3. 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.
    4. Players that reside in border states (FL, GA, TN, MS) may participate in ASA ODP with permission from their home State Soccer Association.



Contact Kevin Laux,
ASA Technical Director:

Next Event Location:

Too young for ODP? We have a program for you!

YDP – Youth Development Program

Click here


Month Date Location
September 19th – 20th Montgomery, AL
October 17th – 18th Daphne, AL
November 21st – 22nd Birmingham, AL
December 19th – 20th Huntsville, AL
January 16th – 17th Montgomery, AL
February* 13th – 15th Memphis, TN
March 20th – 21st Montgomery, AL
April 17th – 18th Montgomery, AL
June** 4th – 6th Memphis, TN
USYS South Region Camp – Invite Only
July 7 – 10 Girls

Murfreesboro, TN

July   11 – 14 Boys


*Memphis Interregionals, Team event
**Scouting & College Combine 



Too young for ODP? We have a program for you!

YDP – Youth Development Program

Click here

You must complete program registration at this link before registering for the sessions below. If you have any trouble with registration, please contact Gavin Owens at

DateEvent / LocationRegistration Link
02/28YDP Training – BirminghamClosed
03/07YDP Training – HuntsvilleClosed
03/20*YDP Training – MontgomeryClosed
04/17*YDP Training – MontgomeryClick Here
 04/24YDP Training – Daphne Click Here
05/08 – 05/09**3v3 United Cup – Decatur  Initial Interest Form

*These sessions will take place in conjunction with ODP events.

**This event will take place in conjunction with State Cup.