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Aug, 2020

New Jersey ODP Returns with Nearly 1,300 Tryout Participants

East Windsor, N.J. (Aug. 21, 2020) –New Jersey Youth Soccer recently completed its first round of Olympic Development Program (ODP) Tryouts for the 2020-2021 season. Nearly 1,300 boys and girls participated for the opportunity to represent their ODP State Teams in the U12 to U17 age groups. 

“It has been another great showing from aspiring players around the state,” said James Galanis, NJYS Director of Technical Operations. “The initial feeling from our coaches is that the level of players has been increasing over the years, and this year we believe it has been the best yet.” 

To 
address  COVID-19 safety considerations and provide a safer environment for the players, ODP tryouts were spread out over three locations.

“It was important that we change the structure of our tryouts,” said Galanis. "Thanks to Howell SC, Wall SC and Millstone United, we were able to create smaller groups that allowed us to not only evaluate, but also work in safe conditions.  

Next, NJ Youth Soccer will host its final round of tryouts, where players will become eligible for selection onto a New Jersey ODP State Team for their respective age group.

New Jersey ODP is an identification system that is affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation and US Youth Soccer. The program identifies a pool of players for each age group to represent New Jersey in regional competition against other state teams. Originally established in 1977, ODP was the first program in the country designed to identify potential youth national team players. ODP players begin initially at the local sector before progressing to the state, regional and possibly national levels. By playing with like-talented athletes, ODP offers the opportunity for players to advance in their personal development and to be scouted by college coaches. 

For all of the latest news regarding New Jersey ODP, visit njysodp.com or follow our official ODP page on Facebook. You can also contact us directly at [email protected].

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Phone: 609-490-0725
Email: [email protected]
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