YDP – Youth Development Program (Formerly EPD)


Alabama Soccer Association

Emma Greenwood
Assistant Technical Director
YDP Program Coordinator
 [email protected]



The Youth Development Program is a precursor to the ODP (Olympic Development Program) designed to offer high quality training to both male and female youth soccer players aged 9-12 years old.  The training follows US Soccer guidelines and compliments training received within their club environment. The YDP offers an opportunity to participate in training run by Alabama Soccer Association Staff as well as train with Alabama’s upcoming soccer talent from around the state.

Program Principles:

To promote holistic player development through small sided games based on the principles of play (attacking, defending and transition).

To teach each player basic goalkeeper techniques including, handling, shot stopping and distribution.

To foster a fun, positive, competitive environment for players to grow and develop.

To promote and improve the game of soccer in Alabama as well as the US as a whole, helping the game continue to be the fastest growing sport in the US.

Program logistics:

Locations: North, East, West, South and Central Alabama

Length:1.5 hours

Sessions per month: 2/3 (Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, December)

Staff: Sessions will be conducted by licensed Alabama Soccer Association Staff.

Groups: Players will be divided into developmentally appropriate groups if numbers permit. These groups may change throughout each session.


The YDP will offer 4 camps each calendar year;

Fall break camp

Winter break camp

Spring break camp

Summer camp


Initial registration $50 – this includes training shirt ($25 value) and covers admin fees.

Training session $20 – this covers field rental, equipment and staffing

Camp cost will vary based on location and length of camp.


COMPLETE INITIAL REGISTRATION HERE – this must be done to attend training sessions. Players are required to register in advance of training session to help accurately plan staff numbers and field rental.

Fall 2018 is open to players born in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.

Spring 2019 is open to players born in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.

If you are experiencing registration issues, please contact [email protected] or 205-991-9779.

What do I need to bring?:

Players will be issued their training shirt at the first training event. The training shirt should be worn at all training sessions.  Players should bring their own soccer ball (pumped up), shin guards, and something to drink. Most importantly, bring a great attitude and be ready to learn!

Make-Up Policy:

If an event is cancelled due to weather, your registration fees for that event will be applied to the next scheduled event in your area, or it may be refunded.