Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Annual Olympic Development Program Showcase Set for March 29-30 at JARC

The Alabama Soccer Association (ASA) will hold its Olympic Development Program Showcase at the Jack Allen Recreation Complex March 29-30, 2014. Approximately 300 youth players representing 20 teams from Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee are expected to travel to Decatur to participate in the event.

The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) has a primary mission to identify elite level players and facilitate their selection to the U.S. National Team programs. The primary benefit to the player is to be able to try out, train, and play against be best players in their age group, and to further develop as soccer players. During the two-day showcase, there will be educational lectures and opportunities for players and their parents to talk with Region III ODP coaching staff.

Three hundred youth (from 2000 and 2001 birth years) are expected to attend along with family members, and according to the Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the event is expected to generate an economic impact of approximately $100K for the city of Decatur and Morgan County. Participants in previous ODP Showcases include boys’ and girls’ ODP programs from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, and Ohio.

For more information on the ODP Showcase, visit and click on Programs.

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