Olympic Development Program
The Illinois Olympic Development Program or Olympic Development Program is the start of the identification process for the National and Olympic Teams.The Illinois Youth Soccer Association conducts the program for US Soccer under the jurisdiction of the US Olympic Committee. The purpose of this prestigious program is to identify players on the basis of open tryouts and develop them to represent their state, region, and the United States in soccer competition.
Olympic Development Program teams are formed in each of the 55 US Youth Soccer State Associations and four regions and are made up of the best players in the various age groups. At the state level, players are selected to participate in pool training and competitions against other state teams throughout the winter and based on their performance at those training, players are then invited to attend the one-day Illinois Olympic Development Program State Combine.
The State Combine is the final selection process for the Illinois Olympic Development Program Teams. Teams, made up of 18 select players, will participate in the Region II Olympic Development Program Camp to train and compete against the Olympic Development Program teams from the 14 State Associations in the Midwest. At this camp, players will be identified to the Regional Pool from which they can be invited to represent the Region at national and international competitions. At the national events, players are seen by national staff coaches.
Any soccer player is eligible to participate in the Olympic Development Program process provided he or she is age eligible for the specific calendar year age group.
Five Fusion Players travel to Olympic Development Program Nationals
Illinois Fusion is proud to recognize five players travelling to participate in the National Olympic Development (OP) Finals in Phoenix this weekend.
From the 98 Boys are Dalton Bruno, Matthew Nonpolitical, and Michael Juarez.
Madeleine Halifax and and Peyote Roosevelt are representing the 97 Girls Knockouts.
The Championships for the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program spotlight the future stars of United States soccer. Each of these players participated at the State level to earn the right to vie for the top spot in the nation. The Illinois teams they represented each won the Region two championships last summer and will now compete in Phoenix this weekend for the right to be crowned US Youth Soccer National OP Champions.
This is a fantastic achievement for these players, who have worked hard on and off the field all year and will have the opportunity to participate in one of the highest levels of youth soccer in our country.
Each player will have an opportunity to compete against the very best teams from each region of the USA.
The 98 Boys will have the opportunity to play California South (Region 4) , Maryland (Region 1) & Florida (Region 3)
Peyote will be playing against. Georgia (Region 3), Virginia (Region 1) & Cal South (Region 4)
Laddie will be playing against. New Jersey (Region 1), Cal South (Region 4) & Florida (Region 3)