Welcome to the Louisiana Soccer Association Olympic Development Program ("ODP")! We thank you for the time and commitment you have made to be a part of this elite program. First and foremost, ODP is focused entirely upon the development of each individual player. Unlike the club soccer environment, ODP is not motivated by team achievements. Rather ODP is dedicated to making certain each individual player reaches his or her full potential as a soccer player and as an athlete. ODP is also designed to give the elite player the best possible exposure to opportunities to play at the collegiate, regional and even National Team level.
ODP offers players a soccer environment focused entirely upon making them a better player. It is the perfect program to augment a player’s development in the club soccer setting. There are no wins and losses, league standings or championships. ODP players are free to train, grow, learn and develop without the pressures of achieving outcomes. They are encouraged to be creative and to play outside their comfort zone. Mistakes and failures are embraced as a tool for learning. ODP also provides opportunities to play in regional, national and even international competitions and a potential pathway to play at the collegiate, regional, or national level of competition.
WHAT TYPE OF PLAYER IS ODP LOOKING FOR?
ODP is an elite program. It is designed to bring the best players in Louisiana together to train, learn and develop together and to play with and against some of the best players in the region. Players are chosen not only on the basis of their technical abilities and their tactical awareness, but also on their commitment to the game and their own improvement as a player. ODP searches for the best and most dedicated players from across the state.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ODP PLAYERS?
Most importantly, because ODP is an elite program it must demand total commitment from all involved. Coaches and players are expected to attend every ODP training session and event. Missing an ODP event does not only diminish a player’s own development, it disrupts the process for other players as well. Only full commitment will make ODP and its players elite.
WHAT DOES ODP COST?
ODP is a zero-based program. That means, whatever it costs to run ODP is passed on to the players and their families. It also means, however, that it ODP does not operate at a profit. ODP Costs are listed on the ODP Calendar and Costs page. To help our ODP families, payment for ODP can be done on an installment plan. Payment for the entire ODP season is expected, but if a player is prevented from participating in any event due to injury or another compelling reason, refunds may be available.
WHY ARE ODP AGE DIVISIONS DIFFERENT FROM CLUBS?
As of August 2016, they will not be. Age groups in ODP are birth years. This summer both US Soccer and US Youth Soccer mandated that all youth soccer age groups across the country be based on calendar year. This brings youth soccer in the US into conformity with the rest of the world.
WHICH AGE GROUPS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR ODP?
ODP begins at Under-12 and fields teams through Under-17. Again, age groups are based on birth years and the year in which ODP concludes.
WHAT DO ODP TRYOUTS LOOK LIKE?
ODP players in Louisiana are selected through a highly competitive open tryout process. While some players may receive an invitation to try out based upon a coach’s recommendation, an invitation is not required. Tryouts will look a bit different this year. The process will be standardized and focused entirely on the objective evaluation of each player. LSA is hiring extra evaluators and has developed a player evaluation scale, form and process to help find the best players in the state. For more information, visit our ODP Tryouts page.
DOES ODP CONFLICT WITH HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER?
NO! ODP is specifically exempted from LHSSA regulations and high school players are permitted to participate in ODP during the high school season.
CAN PLAYERS BE ADDED TO ODP AFTER THE TRYOUTS ARE OVER?
In limited circumstances, a player may be invited to try out for ODP after Tryouts. For instance, if a player is injured, ill or is absent from the game for some other compelling reason during the ODP tryout period, he or she may be invited to a single ODP training session as a try out opportunity. We never shut the door on excellence.
WHAT IS REGION III ODP?
The Olympic Development Program nationwide was developed as a tool to identify the best youth soccer players in the country. It was the pathway to the US National Teams. For instance, all but one player on the US Women’s National Team that won the world Cup in the summer of 2015 played ODP at some point during their soccer career.
Region III is one of four regions across the country. In an attempt to find the best players in each Region, region-wide events are held and players from each state ODP are evaluated. This region-wide selection process culminates in July each year at Regional ID Camps. ODP teams from each state attend the camps not only to play games against other state ODP teams from across the region, but also to train and learn with Regional Staff Coaches, some of the most respected coaches across the country. Region III ODP ID Camp creates a unique and elite soccer environment in which players are encouraged to grow and develop their game amongst some of the best players and coaches in the country.