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Aug, 2022

Participation in ODP Tryouts Reaches New Heights

New Jersey Youth Soccer has officially concluded the first stage of its Olympic Development Program (ODP) Tryouts for the 2022-23 season. More than 1,700 players participated in the tryouts over a two-weekend span, which represents more than a 10% growth from 2021 and more than 100% growth in comparison to 2014.

“While we are thrilled with the increased participation level, we remain laser focused on improving our product,” said James Galanis, NJYS Director of Technical Operations. “This involves a constant evaluation process and strategic planning so that ODP serves as a resource for top players throughout the state.”

In recent years, New Jersey ODP has added interstate competitions, a comprehensive coaching curriculum and a series of webinars for its staff and players. Additionally, ODP has partnered with player development apps to provide its members with at-home training programs and player evaluations.

“NJ Youth Soccer is deeply committed to evolving the Olympic Development Program,” said Evan Dabby, NJYS Executive Director. “Each year, we continue to adjust the program so that it adds value and opportunity for the players while also recognizing the commitment required at the club level.”

In addition to the expansion of its program offerings, New Jersey ODP has also seen its teams reach high levels of success on the field as well. Over the summer, a pair of state teams were crowned US Youth Soccer ODP East Region champions when the New Jersey ODP 2007 Boys and 2006 Girls earned regional titles for their respective age groups.

The Olympic Development Program is an identification system linked to the United States Soccer Federation and US Youth Soccer. The program offers its players a pathway that could lead to representing Regional and U.S. Youth National 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 more information about New Jersey ODP, please email [email protected]mAlso, make sure to like the official New Jersey ODP Facebook Page.

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