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IDAHO TIMBERS/THORNS ODP

Welcome to Idaho Youth Soccer’s official website for the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP). US Youth Soccer’s ODP is a national program that has been in existence since 1977 and is considered one of the finest soccer programs in the country.

ODP is designed to identify and develop talented youth soccer players throughout the country to represent their state association, region and the United States in soccer competition. ODP is offered as a compliment to club programs as an additional resource for player development as they prepare for state, regional, national and international competitions.

Idaho ODP is now a part of the Portland Timbers (boys) and Portland Thorns (girls) pre-academy program and represents the highest level of youth soccer offered in the state of Idaho and is available to all [age specific] youth soccer players. For more information on this relationship and how you are impacted, check out the FAQ on the ODP page (link below).

ODP tryouts will be held at Simplot Soccer Complex (the parking lot near the baseball fields is often the best bet) on September 29th for 2006-2008 ages and on October 27 for the 2003-2005 age groups. The tryout will consist of two sessions: 9:30am-11:30am and 12:30pm-2:30pm. Because of conflicts with high school, we had break the tryouts into two dates (youngers/olders) and had to put the older tryout on the day after the High School State Tournament. Please do your best to attend the appropriate ODP tryout session for your age group, but contact your age group head coach with any needs/requests. For more information regarding ODP, please click on the Olympic Development Program button below. 

If for some reason you cannot attend the tryout, please contact your age group head coach ASAP and let them know you want to play but cannot make the tryout. I would also include a note on any previous ODP participation, as well as contact information for your club coaches. Not being able to make the tryout does not preclude you from making the ODP State Team, but it can make it more difficult.

What are Regional Training Centers (RTC)?

While RTC will function under the ODP umbrella, the two programs are distinct in operation. For more information, check out the RTC page (link below).

 

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