Bag the parade. Forget the football. US Youth Soccer has announced the schedule for its annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys and Girls Thanksgiving Interregionals.
The girls’ event is set to take place Nov. 20-27 at Spanish River Athletic Park and Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Participating teams will be comprised of elite players in the 1998-2002 age groups, from each of the four US Youth Soccer Regions.
The boys’ event, meanwhile, will be held Nov. 26 - 30 at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz. Participating teams will be comprised of elite players in the 2001 and 2002 age groups, from each of the four US Youth Soccer Regions.
The event will feature some of the nation’s top players selected from US Youth Soccer State Association and Regional level evaluations. Players will train at practices, and also compete in matches against other regions, in front of national staff and collegiate coaches to maximize their exposure for selection to the next level of play.
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.
For complete information on the US Youth Soccer ODP Thanksgiving Interregionals, including daily recaps, visitwww.USYouthSoccer.org/ODP/Boys and www.USYouthSoccer.org/ODP/Girls. Also, keep up with the action on Twitter: @usysodp.
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer – "The Game for ALL Kids! ®" – is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.
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 National 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.