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U.S. Youth Soccer Indiana names Olympic pool teams

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS -- US Youth Soccer Indiana Soccer is pleased to announce the names of players named to the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Pool Teams.

These players represent the top players in Indiana Soccer and will vie for a position on the US Youth Soccer Region ODP Region No. 2 roster, in applicable age groups.

Kaelynn Abner of Bainbridge is part of the 98 girls developmental campers.

The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) was formed in 1977 to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team would be selected for international competition. The US Youth Soccer ODP provides high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels.

And, through the use of carefully selected and licensed coaches, develops a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching.

From 1982 until the present, international events for youth national teams have increased substantially and the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program has kept pace by instituting trials and player pools for five age groups in the boys' program, and five age groups in the girls' program.

Each State Association holds U.S. Youth Soccer ODP try-outs on an annual basis, conducted by state association coaches who are recognized for their ability to identify and train players with superior skills.

Players are evaluated on four major components that make up a soccer player: technique, tactics, fitness and a psychological component or attitude.

U.S. Youth Soccer ODP, designed to identify and develop a pool of players from which U.S. National Teams may be selected, is the original Olympic Development Program.

U.S. Youth Soccer ODP is the only elite player development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer and the former Women's United Soccer Association, as well as a majority of current and past national and youth team members, as alumni.

U.S. Youth Soccer ODP continues to lead the way in elite player's identification and development with programs in all 55 State Association, which participate in international tournaments as well as regional and national championships.

For more information please contact Joy Tull at 317-829-0560 or joy@soccerindiana.org, or visit www.usyouthsoccer.org