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What is the purpose of ODP?

The ODP was created by US Youth Soccer around 30 years ago for two purposes: 

1. To identify national team players early, at the youth level. 

2. To provide development opportunities for these potential national team players. 

To this day, these two core purposes, namely, IDENTIFY and DEVELOP for the national team, have not changed. However, many players have also come to associate ODP with improved opportunities for playing college soccer and getting college scholarships. This is because many college coaches work on ODP staff at the state, regional, and national levels and also most college coaches scout players at ODP events. College coaches consider a player’s participation in ODP as an indicator of talent and soccer ambition.

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What are the Benefits of Participating in Kansas ODP?


1. Development as a player. The opportunity to train and play with the best player's in one's age group.


2. Quality instruction from nationally licensed coaches.


3. Quality competition. Games against other state association ODP teams.


4. Exposure to regional and national team coaches.


5. The opportunity to represent one's state, region, or country in competition.


6. Exposure to college coaches.


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Which age groups are eligible for Kansas ODP?


The ODP age group refers to the year in which a player was born. For example, players born between January 1, 2006 to December 31,2006 are classified as 06’s. See the chart below for the upcoming seasons.

2020 - 2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
2004 2005 2006
2005 2006 2007
2006 2007 2008
2007 2008 2009
2008 2009 2010
2009 2010 2011


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What is the player selection process at the State Level?

Kansas offers open evaluations to all players.  The open evals are held in the fall and are the start of the District Pool selection. The District Pool in each age group trains throughout year. The District Pools may also attend 1 or 2 inter-state events, usually in the winter and/or spring. In March, State Teams are then selected from the pools and these State Teams will participate in additional events later in the Spring/early Summer.  Select players from the State Team can be invited to the Regional ID Camp in July.


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What player qualities is the Kansas ODP Staff looking for?

Players are evaluated on the four components that make up a soccer player:


1. Technique


2. Tactics


3. Fitness and Athletic Ability


4. Psych and Social Factors


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Can player be cut from the District Pool after evaluations are over?

In all the age groups, once a player is evaluated in the fall, the move to the District Pool, and he/she is eligible to participate in all the training and events until March of the following year. 


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Can players be added to the District Pool after evaluations are over?

Yes, players can be added after tryouts.  Typical scenarios that might warrant a player added to the pool are: 

  • Quality player moving to Kansas after the tryouts. 
  • Quality player missing the tryouts due to injury. 
  • Quality player identified by State, Regional, or National staff coach after the tryouts through the scouting network. 


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What is the ODP process at the State Level?

The ODP process in Kansas begins with Initial Evaluations in late July or early August.

The initial evaluations are open for all age-eligible players. Those players will then move into the District Pool and participate in training and are eligible to be chosen for the events within the District Pool time frame. 

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What is the Initial Evaluation fee?

The 2019/2020 fee for the Player Evaluation and District Pool is $220. (fees subject to change each year)

There are additional fees for those players that are chosen to participate in the events within this District Pool time frame.


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How long are evaluations?

The usual time allocation for Kansas ODP evaluations are approximately 2 hours.

Depending on the numbers involved, the actual length of the tryout could be less than 2 hours. It is up to the Lead Evaluator to decide how long is needed to accomplish the task.

Evaluations are physically demanding and if small numbers are involved, there is no need to keep the players going for 2 hours since fatigue will start affecting performance. 


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Who evaluates the process?

The Evaluators are a mix of Kansas ODP Staff coaches and club coaches who have experience at the highest club levels.


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When is Midwest Regional Camp held?

Midwest Regional Camp is held in early July each year. The two genders have their own separate camps, each at a different location. Since there are 4-5 age groups to evaluate, the camp is organized into 5-day-long sessions, with each session accommodating one or two age groups. At the end of the 5-day camp, a Midwest Region Pool is selected. 



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What player qualities are the Midwest Region Staff looking for?

Just as at the state evaluations, quality first touch is the most important technical indicator of skill. Can the player control the ball with one touch or does he/she need multiple touches to bring the ball under control? Does the player get away from pressure with first touch or does he/she get into trouble because of a poor touch? This is closely related to the ‘speed of play’ at the elite level. The better the players, the higher the speed of play. In order for players to survive at the higher level’s speed of play, they have to have a good first touch. 

The speed of play at the region pool level is much higher than at the state level and requires players to think quicker and control the ball quicker. Since players at this level are physically and mentally sharper, they anticipate and close down on the ball quickly, which means players have to execute their moves in tight areas, often surrounded by multiple opponents who pounce on every poor touch. 

Another important attribute is what we call ‘quick feet’, i.e. the ability to change direction on a dime and shift weight from one foot to the other and evade challenges with quick foot movements. This is, in the long run, an indicator of soccer specific athleticism which is more important than sheer size. As players mature at varying rates, size eventually evens out. But someone with ‘quick feet’ will always have an advantage and is more likely to develop into an ‘explosive’ player, which is so vital at the elite level. 

Athleticism becomes very important at the highest level once players mature physically. It is no longer possible to just rely on superior skill without speed, strength and power, since all the players are highly skilled. The better athletes ally their physical attributes to their skill to rise to the top. 

Lastly, ‘soccer smarts’ is also evaluated at the region level. Decisions on the ball and off the ball are scrutinized. Being able to ‘read the game’ and understand what kind of pass is needed, how to keep the ball under pressure, where to position oneself, how to help the team maintain a good team shape in attack and in defense, when to support the ball from behind and when to make runs ahead of the ball. All of these problem solving abilities separate the state level player from the region level player.


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Are there Kansas ODP scholarships available?

Kansas Youth Soccer tries to minimize fees for all events.  We do not want a player’s financial status to determine their participation in any events.  If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact our Director of Coaching.  All applicants will need to complete a scholarship application and provide W-2 / Tax Returns for the past 2 years.


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Contact the Kansas ODP Administrator:


Amy Cramer
Kansas ODP Administrator

10529 South Warwick St. | Olathe, KS 66061

Direct Line:  913-991-3690

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