New Jersey Youth Soccer

ODP News

Open tryouts for NJ Youth Soccer’s 2016 Olympic Development Program (ODP) will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26 and August 8-9 at the College of New Jersey in Ewing.  Times as follows:

9:00am-10:30am 2003’s

10:30am-12:00pm 2002’s

1:00pm-2:30pm 2001’s

2:30pm-4:00pm 2000’s

4:00pm-5:30pm 1999’s

To register for the open try outs please  click here

For a map of TCNJ fields click here

Location: 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing 08618, The College of New Jersey on Green Lane Fields

Additional Notes:

  • Alerts:  Any updates or alerts (e.g cancellation due to inclement weather) will be communicated via GotSoccer email and the NJYS ODP hotline (609.490.0137).  
  • Equipment/Attire: Every player is asked to wear black short, white sock and bring a size 5 ball.
  • Parking: Parking is available in the Green Lanes Parking Deck (see attached site map)  

Becoming your best on the field involves observing the best when you are off the field.  To assist with that development, players registered for tryouts will receive discount tickets to select 2015 New York Red Bulls ( and utilize promo code “NJYSODP”) and Sky Blue FC (  and utilize promo code “ODP15”) matches this summer.


New Jersey Youth Soccer

Players are encouraged to attend as many tryout sessions as possible.  Increased participation provides more time in front of our coaches performing your best.

2014 Awards Dinner ODP photos - boys - girls


2003-2004 Young Olympians Tryout  Results

Congratulations and thank you to all who came out and demonstrated character and a positive attitude.  

For those of you who were not invited back please come and tryout again next year, if you continue to work on your game to raise your soccer IQ, improve your speed of play, and versatility you may be one of the players chosen in the future. We look forward to having you back again at next years tryouts.
The lists below contain the tryout numbers of the players that are being invited to continue on in the ODP Young Olympians program.  You will receive an email via GOTSoccer regarding the next steps. Please read everything carefully and adhere to the paperwork deadlines.    

List of invited players click here

If you cannot give the required commitment necessary to be part of the program please notify the Director of Coaching immediately.

NJYS ODP goes digital with Team App!  Get age specific schedules, alerts, information on event/training locations, news, photos, social media, and more on this FREE mobile app.  Read More

Sky Blue FC Partners with NJYS’ girls Young Olympian ProgramRead More

2014-2015 ODP and Young Olympians Event and Fees Schedule by age group (click on link below):  


What Makes an Olympic Development player?  read more

Goalkeeper evaluations?  read more
Field Player evaluations? read more

U11-U12 Young Olympians Program - Birth year 2003 and 2004

This program was specially designed to edu-train the parent and player on the mission of the US Youth Soccer/NJYS ODP, while supplementing their club schedule.  The curriculum consists of specially designed age appropriate training sessions that mirror the recommendations of the US Soccer's National Curriculum and using a Long Term Player Development model (LTPD) led by our Nationally Licensed Coaches.   

Olympic Development Program

The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program has been in existence since 1977. It was the first program introduced to help identify potential national team youth players through an organized series of trials which began at the district or local level, progressed through the state, region and finally the national level. 

The ODP Program has some interesting and meaningful stories.

These profiles are just a small part of what ODP is about.

Enjoy their stories.

David Howarth  -   For many New Jerseyans, playing youth soccer is a rite of passage. Snacking on orange slices during halftime or watching a swarm of kindergarteners chase a ball up and down the field represents familiar memories for many families.  

Allison Deluca  -  Junior Allison DeLuca of Flemington made it all the way to the National Pool and won’t stop until she’s a member of that team.

Gianna Pittaro  - ODP 2000 player starts path to follow in her mother’s footsteps.

Sloan DePiero and Katie Lindacher  -  The College of New Jersey women’s soccer team co-captains, Sloan DePiero and Katie Lindacher, achieved what many youth soccer players dream about - playing collegiate soccer.

Alec Lam - A superior goalkeeper and respected role model.

Don Nicol - shares experience of first International Friendly.


Advantages and Benefits of the ODP Program

Identification into one of the highest level youth state programs.

Development as a player. The opportunity to train and play with the best players in your age group.

Quality instruction from nationally licensed coaches.

Quality competition. Games against other National State Association teams.

Exposure to US Youth Soccer Regional and US National Team coaches.

The opportunity to represent your state, region or country in competition.

Exposure to college coaches.  Most coaches at the State and Regional Level come from the

best NCAA Men's and Women's Soccer Programs.

Trip to South Africa, Experience of a Life Time

March 2014, six NJ U17 (1997) USYS ODP players were selected from Region I’s 12-state player pool for a team competing at the Future Champions Gauteng Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa

Fatai Bisiolu-King
Darnell Brown
Matthew Hendrickson
Alec Lam
Sam MacPherson
Vincenzo Masitti


Vinny Masitti, offered a recap of his journey

“Being chosen to represent New Jersey for the Region I ODP Future Champions Tournament in South Africa was a great experience. It was an incredible learning opportunity to play against soccer players from different countries and learn about their different cultures. 

The Future Champions group also showed us their country. We went on a tour to see where Nelson Mandela grew up, visited the stadium where the 2010 World Cup was played, took a trip to a lion zoo and even went on a team safari.

Without this opportunity, I doubt I would have ever traveled to this part of the world. It was truly an experience of a lifetime.”


Tyler Miller, a former ‪ýNJYS ODP standout, talks with Big Apple Soccer about his youth career here in NJ and offers advice for today's players.  The Woodbury native was a Big 10 "Goalkeeper of the Year" at Northwestern and is currently a U-23 Men's National Team contender.