The Montana Development Program (MDP) is a state program offered by Montana Youth Soccer. MDP falls under the Olympic Development Program (ODP) umbrella of US Youth Soccer at the national program level.
The purpose of MDP is to identify the highest caliber players in the state. After identification, MDP further develops these players through monthly supplemental training outside their club activities and provides them opportunities to be seen at events by US Youth Soccer and college scouts.
US Youth Soccer ODP limits eligibility to 12U-17U players each season. Through continued development and hard work, MDP players of these ages can advance from the state level to the regional level to the national level of US Youth Soccer ODP.
18U and 19U players are not eligible to compete in traditional US Youth Soccer ODP events. However, as part of the MDP Senior Academy, which consists of players 16U-19U, they will train for and attend college showcases throughout the western United States.
US Youth Soccer ODP Pathway - (2004-2009 Players Only)
1. MDP Identification
ID Weekend open to all 12U-19U players.
2. Initial MDP State Teams Announced
The number of players that make the team after the ID Weekend will vary by team. Players that do not immediately make the team will be awarded a spot on the Pool Team. Pool Team players can earn promotion to the State Team at anytime during the MDP season.
3. MDP State Teams
State Teams will train at least once a month together between August and March. In that time they will also compete at different out-of-state events. Event calendars may vary year-to-year.
4. US Youth Soccer Farwest Region Pool
MDP Director Lindsay Smith and the MDP Coaching Staff, along with US Youth Soccer Regional Scouts from the ODP Championships, will select 2004-2008 players to attend the US Youth Soccer Farwest Region ODP ID Camp. Selections will be based on performance and commitment throughout the season at training sessions and events.
5. US Youth Soccer Farwest Region Team
US Youth Soccer Regional Scouts will select players based on their performances at the US Youth Soccer Farwest Region ODP ID Camp. These players will attend an Interregional event held in Orlando, Florida in November.
6. US Youth Soccer National ODP Training Camp
A select group of players from the Regional teams will be invited to participate in the US Youth Soccer National Camp. National team coaches and staff will be present to ID players for the national team.