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CCSC players selected for the State Pool

Congratulations to Clay County U15 players Branden Bartel and Alex Cruz for being selected to the Florida state pool.


US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) Region's primary mission is to identify elite level Region players and facilitate their selection to the U.S. National Team programs. The selection process takes place through state, regional and national trials. The primary benefit to the player is to be able to try out, train and play against the best players in their age group, allowing the best players to further their development as soccer players.

Each State Association holds ODP tryouts on an annual basis. Age groups and tryout dates are different from state to state, based on seasonal and state considerations. Players are selected, in most states, on the basis of open tryouts. These tryouts are conducted by State Association coaches who are recognized for their ability to identify and train players with superior skills. Some State Associations combine scouting techniques and invitations to certain players with the open tryouts. Selection of these players is not an easy task. The State Association head coach or state coach will, in most cases, be assisted in the selection process by several other qualified coaches from the club or league level. Players are evaluated on the four components that make up a soccer player:

1. Technique
2. Tactics
3. Fitness and athletic ability
4. Psychological component (attitude)

More information.