Thursday, March 12, 2015

Annual Olympic Development Program Set for March 28-29 at JARC

The Alabama Soccer Association (ASA) will hold its Olympic Development Program Sub-Regional Evaluation at the Jack Allen Recreation Complex March 28-29, 2015. Approximately 65 youth teams are expected to travel to Decatur to participate in the annual 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.

According to the Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau, this will be the event’s ninth appearance in Decatur and is expected to generate an economic impact of approximately $300K for the city of Decatur and Morgan County. Participants in previous ODP Showcases include boys’ and girls’ U00, U01, and U02 ODP programs from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, and Ohio.

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

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