Welcome to the District II Olympic Development Program (ODP) page. Click on the links below to take you to your area of interest. If you don't find what you are looking for, please contact the ODP Coordinator.

District II ODP Coordinator

Rodney Robinson

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How are players selected for ODP?

Cal North Player Recommendations only are being accepted at this time.  www.calnorth.org/programs/odp/ for details


What is the Olympic Development Program (ODP) ?

Initially created in 1977 as the US Youth Soccer Select Team Program, the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) was formed:

  • To identify a pool of players in each age group from which a national team could be selected for international competition; 
  • to provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels;
  • and, through the use of carefully selected and licensed coaches, to develop a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and curriculums to improve all levels of coaching

Initially only for boys, an ODP for girls was added in 1985.

US Youth Soccer ODP is the original Olympic Development Program. US Youth Soccer ODP is the only elite player development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer, Women’s Professional Soccer and the former Women’s United Soccer Association, as well as a majority of current and past national and youth team members, as alumni. It is viewed as the premier identification and development program for any American youth seeking the opportunity to compete at the national and collegiate levels of play.
US Youth Soccer ODP exists in every state association, and offers collegiate and national team staff coaches the opportunity to see the nation’s elite players in the most competitive of environments. In addition to training and tactics, US Youth Soccer ODP offers competition such as the Regional and National ODP championships, as well as further participation in major international tournaments. US Youth Soccer ODP continues to lead the way for elite player development in the United States.
“US Youth Soccer ODP has played a meaningful role in player development in the US”, said head coach of the US Soccer Under-17 Men’s National Team, John Hackworth. “The players develop in US Youth Soccer ODP by continually being placed in a more competitive environment, such as playing internationally with regional teams, which provides elite players from across the nation valuable experience and a platform on which to improve. The US Youth Soccer ODP contributes to the encompassing effort of identifying potential players for the US National Team programs.”
“The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program is a vital part of the identification process for our youth national teams,” said former US Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan. “Creating an environment for the most talented girls to play with and against the best players possible not only allows for their maximum growth as players, but also allows National Team coaches to see who really has the qualities to play at the highest level. The US Youth Soccer ODP gets a lot of credit for the success of our youth national teams at all age levels.”

ODP Benefits

What are the Benefits of Participating in ODP ?

  • Development as a player via training and playing with the best coaches in your own age group
  • Quality instruction from nationally licensed coaches
  • Quality competition through games against other state association ODP, Regional and National teams, and international teams
  • Exposure to National and Regional team coaches
  • The opportunity to represent one’s state, region or country in competition
  • High-level exposure to college coaches
  • The opportunity to compete for Regional and National Championships
  • The chance to see the world. US Youth Regional ODP teams have travelled to any number of places, both domestically and internationally. Florida, Las Vegas, San Diego, France, England, Costa Rica, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Argentina and the Netherlands have all previously been destinations for Regional ODP teams.

ODP Scholarship Program

District II ODP Scholarship Program - 2013

  1. All players from a District II team playing in a Cal North League in FALL 2012 qualify for full expense reimbursement for all State and Region ODP trips beginning in September 2012 and ending August 31, 2013.

  2. All players from a District II team playing in a Cal North league only in SPRING 2013 qualify for full expense reimbursement beginning April 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013.

  3. The primary team of the player must be playing in a Cal North playing league as their primary league for the given season to qualify. 

ODP Responsibilities

Responsibilities of Parents and Players in ODP

Responsibilities of Players participating at the CYSA State level and above:

  • Devotion to the game – This level is typically represented by players who have selected soccer as their sole competitive activity.
  • Time Commitment – Players are expected to attend all training sessions and games. Any absences must be documented and approved by the state coach or the CYSA State Program Coordinator, Joyce Bordley.
  • Communication – PLAYERS, not parents, are expected to communicate with age group coaches and ODP administration.
  • Pay Attention – Please pay particular attention to ALL deadlines and instructions for various activities. Adherence to these dates is key to reducing hassle and costs.


Responsibilities of Parents:

  • CYSA asks that you be sensitive to the pressure that most plaeyrs feel when participating in these events.
  • Your POSITIVE ENCOURAGEMENT toward all players, at all levels of state team functions is appreciated.
  • Please limit your contact with coaches/selectors during these events.
  • CYSA appreciates the time and commitment parents make on behalf of the players.


ODP State Tryouts

Cal North State ODP Tryout Information


Inquiries regarding tryouts can be directed to the Cal North ODP Coordinator, Joyce Bordley. Email: jbordley@calnorth.org

Additional forms and fees will be required prior to the State ODP tryout. District II players invited to attend the State Tryouts are responsible for checking the Cal North State ODP website for details.