New Jersey Youth Soccer

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                             Tryouts 2015 ODP Season

Boys and Girls







Sat. Aug 2 and Aug 3

The College of NJ

Green Lane Fields #1-4












Sat. August 9 and Sun. Aug. 10

The College of NJ

Green Lane Fields #1-4











Registration for the above tryouts click here

There is a one time on line $50.00 registration fee to try out.
This fee covers all 4 try out sessions.

If you register at the field there is a one time fee of $55.00 which covers all 4 try out sessions.

Each player is required to attend at least 1 try out session.  
All players are encouraged to attend multiple try out sessions.

U11 Young Olympians Program - birth year 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 in an Indoor turf playing environment. The primary goal of the program is to improve each player's technical ability, tactical awareness and understanding of Small Group Tactics.  The Goalkeepers will be incorporated into the field player training and receive team training; limited individual training.  The overall program was created for the player who desires a unique learning and training experience, has an ambition to improve their game, and ultimately dreams to play the game at its highest level!       

Congratulations to all the players who participated in the 2003 NJYS ODP Young Olympians Program Tryouts.  You all demonstrated dedication towards learning and improving on how to play the beautiful game!

The list below contains the tryout numbers of those players who are invited to continue in the Young Olympians ProgramYou will be receiving an email from GOTSoccer with vital information regarding requirements that must be completed and sent in immediately to the NJYS Office to continue participation in the program.

To all Players that participated in the tryouts; Remember, soccer is a late specialization team sport. On average field players reach their peak potential around the age of 28 and goalkeepers require an additional 4 to 5 years before they reach their peak!  Therefore, this assessment has little value on determining your future ability let alone your capacity and potential to be selected into the NJYS ODP Program as you get older.  This experience should not define you as a Player. How can we determine where effort and time will take someone? Ability will not show up on its own, a great deal of learning needs to take place, "Becoming is better than being." The biggest mistake is to believe either you have arrived or that you have failed. Potential is your capacity to develop skill over time, everyone who attended this weekend has the potential! 


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 current program also serves as a means
of development as the players identified are brought together for training and prepared
for interstate, interregional and international competitions. The development of the
players is taking place rapidly as talented players are brought together for training and competition
at all levels. Training and playing with those of equal or greater ability is a tremendous
teaching tool. The program is open to any youth player affiliated with US Soccer.

The higher up the ladder a player progresses, the more intense the training and playing become.
The regional teams experience both interregional and international competitions on an
annual basis. A pool of players is selected for each age group with the rosters changing each year as
players develop at different rates. Regional players have traveled to around the country and
internationally such as Spain, Italy, France, England, Argentina, Costa Rica, Germany and Russia.

While the US Youth Soccer ODP is one vehicle for development and identification,
it is not the only pathway under US Soccer. All programs work together to help the players
attain their ultimate potential. The US Youth Soccer ODP does provide a systematic method
that allows players to advance as far as their abilities allow. It serves as a form of
self-evaluation in a system that is recognized by coaches at all levels.

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. 
Read more…

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.
Read More…

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

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.
Read more…

Alec Lam
A superior goalkeeper and respected role model.
Read more…

ODP player Don Nicol shares experience of first International Friendly, read more

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.”