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Alabama Soccer Association has many programs designed to facilitate the development of soccer throughout the state at the various levels and ages of play.  You can find these programs which we either administer or oversee here:

ProgramDescription
Alabama EliteSpring training & event program for high school aged ODP players who do not have a school program or do not want to play high school soccer
Club Development ProjectMember benefit program available to all ASA affiliated clubs aimed at improving the daily environment the club provides to it’s members.
Coaching EducationCoaching courses and license for coaches who want to improve their competencies as a coach and meet the required standards of competition
Olympic Development ProgramASA’s talent identification program for players in the 12U – 17U age groups
TOPSoccerThe Outreach Program for Soccer – Soccer programming for special needs populations
Youth Academy

Statewide programming for the 8U – 11U age groups designed to promote holistic player development over team development through a child-centered environment.

Youth Development ProgramThe Precursor to the ODP (Olympic Development Program) designed to offer high quality training to both male and female youth soccer players aged 9-11 years old.

USYS ODP PHILOSOPHY:  

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:

AGE GROUP

BORN BETWEEN

2009

1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

2008

1/1/2008 – 12/31/2008

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

    • 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

HOW DOES ODP WORK: 

    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 
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SOUTH REGION ODP 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

WHAT DO COACHES AND SCOUTS LOOK FOR?

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.


 

WHEN & WHERE DO EVENTS TAKE PLACE:

CLICK HERE for the 2019 – 2020 ODP Calendar.


WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM COST?

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.


 

MISCELLANEOUS

    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.

ODP FORMS:
 

ODP MENU:

ODP QUESTIONS??
Contact Kevin Laux,
ASA Technical Director:
[email protected]

Next Event Location:

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

YDP – Youth Development Program

Click here

WHAT is it? The Club Development Project is a member benefit program available to all ASA affiliated clubs aimed at improving the daily environment the club provides to members. It is a voluntary, collaborative effort between club directors and the ASA Technical Leaderships to review, refine, and align all areas of their youth soccer organization.

WHO participates? Clubs & directors brave enough to interrogate their reality and driven to improve their environments on a daily basis. The Program is led by Alabama Soccer Association Technical Director, Kevin Laux with assistance by ASA Assistant Technical Director, Emma Greenwood

WHEN does it occur? We set up regularly scheduled appointments wherein we harness a modified version of US Soccer’s Club Development Tool to address each area sequentially, facilitate optimal development, and promote vital alignment throughout the club.

WHERE do we meet? We are mostly webinar based especially given current circumstances.

WHY participate? To help your club maximize its resources and create optimal development environments for your members. And to improve the quality of soccer in our state and our country!

Want to get started? Contact Kevin Laux, ASA Technical Director – [email protected]

 

Currently Participating Clubs:

Auburn Thunder

AYSO United

Briarwood SC

Cullman United

Fusion FC

Gulf Coast Rangers

Homewood SC

Huntsville FC

Northstar SC

Wetumpka United

 

Mission

The Academy is designed to promote holistic player development over team development in a child-centered environment during a key developmental window.

Program Logistics

Who?

The Youth Academy Format is for players aged U11, U10, and U9.

For the 20/21 season, this means players born in the years 2010, 2011, and 2012.

 

 Clubs/Associations that wish to participate in the Academy must fill out the Academy Application. Furthermore, participation is reviewed annually and Clubs/Associations may be denied entry should they not follow the Academy Standards.

What?

The Youth Academy Format provides opportunity for participating clubs to play developmentally appropriate games amongst other clubs within their geographic area.

When?

Games are played on weekends known as Playdates at a host club’s field. Participating clubs sign up for the Playdates they wish to attend during the normal Fall/Spring season.

How?

We accomplish our Mission by creating Optimal Development Environments and using Competition Safeguarding. These environments focus on holistic player development and reducing the emphasis placed on winning games.

Why?

The purpose is to increase player: 

1. Enjoyment

2. Development

3. Retention

Youth Academy Best Practices

In place of Tryouts, clubs hold Assessments/Evaluations before a season. After Assessments/Evaluations, an Academy Director places all players (U9-U11) within their age group into a Player Pool instead of teams.  Within the Pool, players train together in a child-centered environment following a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Coaches place each player onto a developmentally appropriate team for each Playdate. Not having set “teams” gives coaches the opportunity to place each player based on their developmental needs for both training and games.

Learn more about...

Holistic Player Development

Optimal Development Environments

Competition Safeguarding

If you have questions or wish to join the Youth Academy for the upcoming season please reach out to Gavin Owens at [email protected]

A Training & Event Program for High School Age Boys & Girls

Alabama Elite is a training and event program for high school aged players who want something more than the typical high school soccer experience. Players selected for the program are committed to their development and getting to the next level as a player.


TRYOUTS HAVE CONCLUDED! – Missed them and want to play? Contact [email protected]


SEASON DETAILS:
Season Begins: January 20th, 2021
Training Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Training Location: Riverchase Soccer Fields
Game/Event Calendar:

Dates Event Location
January 30th – 31st US Soccer C License Birmingham, AL
February 13th – 15th ODP Interregionals Memphis, AL
March 5th – 7th Red Diamond Classic – Boys Birmingham, AL
April 17th – 18th Open Cup – Boys Decatur, AL
May – TBD College Showcase Atlanta, GA

*Game/Event schedule subject to change


WHO ARE THE COACHES?

Name Current Coaching Position & Title
Kevin Laux Technical Director, Alabama Soccer Association
Oleg Sinelnikov Ph.D. Associate Prof. of Sport Pedagogy, Dept. of Kinesiology, U. of Alabama Competitive DOC 15U-19U, Hoover Soccer Club
Gavin Owens Technical Programs Assistant, Alabama Soccer Association
Hayden Mitchell Sports Performance Specialist
Mark Ward Assistant, Men’s Coach, University of Alabama Birmingham

WHAT DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE? 

Alabama Elite is a self-sustaining program.  Therefore, all financial resources used to run the program come from participation fees. 

Tryout Fee – $50
Program Training Fee – $550
Event Participation Fee – $75 – $150 estimate per event. 
Uniform – $100 (we use the Alabama ODP Uniforms, meaning you may not have to purchase them if you are an ODP Player)


For questions, please contact Kevin Laux – [email protected]


 

The Outreach Program for Soccer

TOPSoccer is designed to reach and meet the needs of players with physical and/or mental disabilities. The program caters to player development rather than competition. TOPSoccer takes the players off the sidelines and allows them to particpate in the game of soccer. 

Through the efforts of US Youth Soccer, ASA, and other members of US Youth Soccer the players participating in the TOPSoccer program will have the opportunity to develop a sense of belonging on and off the soccer pitch as well as learn the value of being part of a team, improve their self-esteem, fitness and social skills. But most importantly, enjoy the great game of soccer!

For more information on the TOPSoccer program click here.

TOPS Contacts:

Shawn Marlow, TOPS State Coordinator

Kevin Laux, Technical Director

What is YDP?

The Youth Development Program (YDP) serves as the precursor to the Olympic Development Program (ODP). We strive to provide high-quality training for players aged 8-10 in an environment that is tailor-made to fit your child’s needs — an enjoyable and challenging experience.

Why participate?

Program Logistics

  • For players born in 2012, 2011, and 2010.
  • Sessions typically last between 75 and 90 minutes.
  • Training follows US Soccer standards and methodology
  • Topics covered revolve around attacking and defending.

Cost

No cost for initial registration

$20 per training session – This covers field rental, equipment, and staffing

$15 – YDP Training Shirt (optional)

Registration

Initial registration can be completed at this link.

Once you’ve completed registration for the program, you are able to sign up for the sessions scheduled and can find them here.

If you have any questions please reach out to Gavin Owens at [email protected]

ASA partners in education with U.S. Soccer, U.S. Youth Soccer and United Soccer Coaches.  We conduct coaching education courses from each association at various times throughout the year. Because the US Soccer Federation is the National Governing Body, they are the only organization recognized by FIFA able to issue a soccer coaching “license.”  Therefore, these licenses carry more weight than other certifications and acceptance into a US Soccer Coaching License Course requires the candidate to meet specific criteria.  For more information on your eligibility for a course, check out each course’s eligibility requirements on our Coaching Course Schedule page.

ASA accepts coaching education certifications from US Soccer, USYS and USC to coach in the ASL (Alabama State Leagues).

Whether a coach is teaching kids in a recreational league or guiding professionals at the highest levels of the game, U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department offers licenses that are educational opportunities tailor-made for coaches to further the development of players in the United States.  Each course utilizes the three pillars of U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Philosophy:

    1. Reality Based – the game is what drives changes in behavior, reflection, and decision making for the player/the team and the coach
    2. Holistic Approach – Input and consideration for all interconnected aspects of the game, the athlete, and the desired outcome
    3. Experiential Learning – the evaluation, analysis, and reflection of experiences to develop competencies and improve behavior

The U.S. Soccer Coaching Pathway consists of two distinct routes: the Grassroots Pathway and the Professional Pathway.  The Grassroots Pathway encompasses a series of licenses designed around the four game models put forth by US Soccer’s Player Development Initiatives.  The Licenses introduce each coach to the related tasks carried out in his or her own soccer environment. The tasks are:

    1. Coaching Games
    2. Coaching Training Sessions
    3. Leading the player
    4. Leading the Team
    5. Managing a Performance Environment
    6. Leadership

The road from grassroots to professional coach requires each coach to work their way through the Grassroots Pathway toward the beginning of the Professional Pathway – the C License.  For a breakdown of each course in both pathways, see below:

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GRASSROOTS PATHWAY

4V4 IN-PERSON COURSE is a four-hour course that builds on the principles covered in U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module. Specifically, candidates will learn more about U.S. Soccer’s Grassroots Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology, the Six Tasks of a Coach, and the characteristics of players aged 6-8. The course will also ask each candidate to reflect on their experiences to develop action steps for personal growth.


7V7 IN PERSON COURSE is a four-hour course that builds on the principles covered in U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module. Specifically, candidates will learn more about U.S. Soccer’s Grassroots Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology, the Six Tasks of a Coach, and the characteristics of players aged 9-10. The course will also ask each candidate to reflect on their experiences to develop action steps for personal growth.


9V9 IN-PERSON COURSE is a four-hour course that builds on the principles covered in U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module. Specifically, candidates will learn more about U.S. Soccer’s Grassroots Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology, the Six Tasks of a Coach, and the characteristics of players aged 11-12. The course will also ask each candidate to reflect on their experiences to develop action steps for personal growth.


11V11 IN-PERSON COURSE is a four-hour course that builds on the principles covered in U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module. Specifically, candidates will learn more about U.S. Soccer’s Grassroots Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology, the Six Tasks of a Coach, and the characteristics of players aged 13 and older. The course will also ask each candidate to reflect on their experiences to develop action steps for personal growth.


NATIONAL D LICENSE is a 40 to 45-hour course, held over two weekends, at minimum 4 weeks apart, designed for the grassroots coach who meets the prerequisites outlined below. The focus of this course is to facilitate the improvement of the candidates in the Six Tasks of a Coach across all four game models (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11) with a particular emphasis on Coaching Training Sessions. Candidates that register for this course are expected to attend both meetings.

Development Period
The Development Period is the time in between course meeting one and two. It is vital that candidates have access to a team during this period so that they can practically apply what they learned during the first course meeting and complete their assignments.

Eligibility Requirements:
A unique combination of three of the eight Grassroots Licenses now formally represent the prerequisite to progress to the U.S. Soccer D License. Specifically, candidates must have completed a minimum of three grassroots courses, in the form of two in-person courses and one online course:

    • Two in-person courses (one of which must be the 11v11)
    • One online course across any of the four levels (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11)

Coaching candidates who have earned the E or F License will have the following opportunities to use those certifications toward the D License prerequisites:

    • U.S. Soccer E License + Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module
    • U.S. Soccer F License + Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module + 11v11 in-person license + one other in-person license

PROFESSIONAL PATHWAY

NATIONAL C: An individual must have held the D License for 12 months to register for the C License. Designed to focus on core coaching competencies for those leading competitive youth soccer, the C course takes 130 or more hours and consists of two meetings separated by a development period, usually lasting two to three months. All licenses at the C level and above are administered and approved by U.S. Soccer Coaching Department instructors.


NATIONAL B: The U.S. Soccer B License requires a comprehensive application from all eligible candidates who are at least 18 years of age. Each applicant must have held the C License for at least 12 months and be working with an 11v11 youth team. To complete the course, candidates dedicate more than 150 hours with three meetings separated by two development periods over four to five months. The National B License is the minimum standard for coaches in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.


NATIONAL A-YOUTH: The A-Youth License also requires a comprehensive application from all eligible candidates who must have held the B License for at least six months, and have access to a team of elite youth players in a high-performance environment. The course focuses on the development of the potential professional player. The course includes four meetings separated by three development periods and takes approximately five to six months to complete.


NATIONAL A-SENIOR: The A-Senior License requires a comprehensive application from all interested candidates who must have held the B License for at least six months, and have experiences and access to a team of senior players in a high-performance, result driven environment. Coaches in this course should be working with professional players or potential professional players. The course consists of four meetings separated by three development periods and takes approximately five to six months to complete.


PRO: The Pro License course is currently an invitation-based course and is the highest level license offered in North America recognized by FIFA. Thirteen professional coaches completed the first Pro License in December 2016. The course is designed for those individuals working at the highest levels of the game in our country.

IMPORTANT LINKS:

USSF COURSE FEES:

  • Grassroots In-Person Course, ASA Member: $65
  • Grassroots In-Person Courses, Non-ASA Member: $90
  • USSF "D" License, ASA Member: $375
  • USSF "D" License, Non-ASA Member: $475