US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the schedule for the annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Thanksgiving Interregional, set to take place Nov. 18-25 at Spanish River Athletic Park and Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla. Participating teams will be comprised of elite players in the 1999-2003 age groups, from each of the four US Youth Soccer Regions.
The event will feature more than 350 of the nation’s top players selected from US Youth Soccer State Association and Regional level evaluations. In each age group, players will attend scheduled training sessions and also compete in matches against each of the other regional teams. Additionally, each team in the 2000 age group will compete against the U.S. Under-14 Girls National Team.
The US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional annually attracts well over 100 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. Of the 40 players who have been called in to the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2016, 33 participated in the Thanksgiving Interregional during their youth careers.
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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.
Regional rosters for the 2016 US Youth Soccer ODP Thanksgiving Interregional will be announced in early November.
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.