US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the schedules and the participants for the annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Thanksgiving Interregional.
The Thanksgiving Interregional is set to take place Nov. 19-24 at Spanish River Athletic Park and Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla. Participating teams will be comprised of elite players in the 2000-2004 age groups from each of the four US Youth Soccer Regions.
The event will feature more than 275 of the nation's top players selected from US Youth Soccer State Association and Regional level evaluations. At each event, players will attend scheduled training sessions and also compete in matches against each of the other regional teams.
The Thanksgiving Interregional annually attracts many college coaches, as well as several U.S. Soccer scouts. The talent on display from each team allows coaches and scouts to evaluate players in an environment similar to what they will face at the next level of play.
Historically, the US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional has featured many of the players who have gone on to represent the United States at the international level including players such as Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux, Tobin Heath, Christen Press, Mallory Pugh and Crystal Dunn.
US Youth Soccer ODP is the original Olympic development program. With programs in all 55 US Youth Soccer State Associations, it is available to any player. US Youth Soccer ODP is the only elite player development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer and the National Women’s Soccer League, as well as the majority of current and past national and youth national team members, as alumni.
About US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) - US Youth Soccer ODP, established in 1977, is the original Olympic development program in the United States. Formed to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team could be selected for international competition, selected players are exposed to the nation's top coaches from collegiate institutions, U.S. Soccer and the professional leagues. Programs exist in each state and with competitions such as the US Youth Soccer ODP Championships, Interregional Training/Competition, Regional Camps and International play. US Youth Soccer ODP continues to lead the way in elite player identification and development. US Youth Soccer ODP is an approved program of the U.S. Soccer Federation.