Who is eligible for ODP? The following age groups are eligible for the 2013-2014 ODP Season: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 & 2001.
Why are ODP age divisions different from clubs? ODP uses pure calendar years (birth years) to determine age groups. Example: a player is born in the year 1999; they are a ’99 ODP player. The ODP is a feeder system into the National Youth Teams. Hence, it has to be in line with the international age classification. National Teams must abide with FIFA's (the international governing body for soccer) age classification, which follows the calendar year. An ODP age group therefore goes from January 1st to December 31st, while the American youth clubs use August 1st to July 31st.
What if my son/daughter is a 2002 birth year? On occasion, we will bring 2002’s up to the 2001 group. We ask for a letter of recommendation from the club coach and club DOC. Upon approval from the State Director of Coaching, a letter of invitation will be sent.
How are players selected? See Overview.
How do I get scouted to be identified for Alabama ODP (1997-2000)? Alabama Soccer Association utilizes a scouting system in which players are identified in a natural game playing environment for identification. The process starts with a player recommendation from the club Director of Coaching, club coach, and/or opposing club coach. Players will be evaluated in the fall, primarily in league play (State, Regional) and State Cup competitions.
How many players are named to the State Team? For each age group; typically, one team of 18 is named plus alternates.
Can a player be added to the Program during the year? An elite player may be added, in the following cases:
A player moving into Alabama mid-season.
An injury preventing him/her in participating during the pool phase.
A player identified by State, Regional, National Staff. The State Director of Coaching along with State Staff in that particular age group will have final approval.
The State Director of Coaching reserves the right to add or release players at any time.
How does the Registration Process work? Enrollment can be done online with ODP. Go to our website www.alsoccer.org and under ODP click on the "ODP Registration" tab. On this page you will find information on events and a link to begin the registration process, one for BOYS and one for GIRLS. The one-time enrollment fee is $30.00, which includes the opportunity to participate and 2 Alabama ODP training shirts. Please note: If you were in the program last year, you will still need to register (enroll) your son/daughter for the new year.
*97-00 players will ONLY register if they receive an invitation.
What happens after I enroll my son/daughter for ODP? After enrolling your son/daughter, it is important that you register for each Training Session or Event that your son/daughter is eligible for. You may use your account to register and pay for each event.
How do we know if a Training Session/Event has been cancelled? We do our best to communicate cancellation information as early as possible. When a cancellation does occur this information will be on our website under the main ODP page, http://www.alsoccer.org/odp/ and/or emailed.
How is the program paid for? ODP is self-supporting. All expenses (event/training/camp fees, travel), are paid by the players involved. Costs are determined by facilities, hotels, coach fees, entry fees, and other projected items necessary for the upkeep of the program.
Is there any type of financial aid/scholarships available? There are a limited number of scholarships available, most are partial scholarships. Scholarships are given on a financial need only basis. The application form is available on Alabama Soccer Association’s website, under ODP heading – ODP Forms.