The Olympic Development Program (ODP) is a state program offered by Montana Youth Soccer. Montana ODP falls under the ODP umbrella of US Youth Soccer at the national program level.
The purpose of Montana ODP is to identify the highest caliber players in the state. After tryouts, Montana ODP 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, Montana ODP 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 Montana ODP Senior Academy, which consists of 16U-19U players and teams, they will train for and attend college showcases throughout the western United States.
US Youth Soccer ODP Pathway – (2007-2012 Players Only 2023/24 season)
1. Montana ODP Identification
Tryout Events open to all 2005-2012 players.
2. Initial Montana ODP Player Pools Announced
The number of players that make the player pool for each age group after the Tryout Events will vary.
3. Montana ODP Player Pools
Player pools will train at least once a month together between November 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
MYSA Technical Director/ODP Director Ric Plante and the ODP Coaching Staff, along with US Youth Soccer Regional Scouts from the ODP Championships, will select 2007-2012 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.