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Q: What is the purpose of ODP?

A: The purpose of the Iowa ODP program is to identify, train, and develop the most advanced players in Iowa to their full potential. Once identified these players are provided with the opportunity to compete with and against elite players within the Region and across the country. The Iowa ODP program is one step in Iowa Performance Pathway and the National Player Pathway.


Q: When do ODP tryouts take place?   

A: Tryouts take place on August 14-15 for the upcoming 2021-2022 ODP season. Click on the tryout schedule for specific tryout days and times for each age group. Players are strongly encouraged to register online.


Q: What Age Groups are players select for ODP teams?

A: ODP teams will be formed in the 2004/ 2005. 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 age-groups for both boys and girls. 

ODP pathway 2020-2021 (1)

Q: What is the cost to attend tryouts for ODP?

A: The cost to attend tryouts is $35.00 (by July 31). Players are encouraged to register online prior to August. We do accept registrations on the day of tryouts, however, t-shirt size availability is not guaranteed. 


Q: Can a player playing for a Non Iowa Soccer Club Member participate in Iowa ODP?

A: Yes. All players are welcome. Any youth player can participate in Iowa ODP as long as they are registered with the state association. If the player is not registered with the state they are simply have to pay a small registration fee to become a US Youth Soccer and Iowa Soccer Association member.


Q: Can you explain the tryout and selection process?

A; During the tryout process players participate in a variety of technical and tactical training activities and then a small-sided or full game format. From these activities the professional coaching staff for the age group make their assessment of each player. The professional coaching staff make the final assessment on each player and then select the top 22-40 players in each age group for  Age Group training pools. 


Q: When is the season for ODP and what doe the experience look like?

A:  The ODP season will run from September to July and train and play in events throughout the year with elite players from throughout the state.  Teams train once per month, sometime twice per month in the winter. Click Here for an overview of the Iowa ODP Experience


Q: How often does the pool train and how much does it cost?

A: The pool will be named mid-September and will begin training once a month (or more) through July. ODP is not intended to conflict with club soccer, rather it is designed to compliment the work being done at the club level. The cost to train for the season is $235, which helps cover facility rentals and coaching expenses. The training session take in various facilities throughout the state both indoors and outdoors. Our younger age groups are regionalized so they train on their side (east, central, or west) of the state.


Q: What does the pool do in addition to training?

A: Events vary depending on development phase. However, typically we participate in friendly ODP events with Nebraska, Kansas, Wisconsin, Illinois or Minnesota. Each event is billed per participant actual costs prior to the event taking place. The goal is to compliment the club calendars while working to provide our elite players with additional opportunities to develop and compete against some of the best players/teams in the country.

The players are also provided free access to the Techne Training App as an additional player development layer.


Q: When are the State Teams announced?

A: Age Group pools are announced on September 24th. The pool will train throughout the year and players will be selected from the age group pool to represent Iowa in tournaments and sub-regional events. In June, some players will be selected to represent Iowa at the Region II ODP Camp in July. 


Q: What is the Region II Camp? 

The Region II ODP Identification camp is the culminating event of the ODP year.  It is an opportunity for a select few Iowa players to represent the state at the next level, competing with/against other outstanding players from Region II (Ohio North, Ohio South, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas).


Q: How much does Region II ID Camp cost? 

A: The fee for the Region II Tournament is approximately $600 plus hotel, food and transportation. 


Q: When and where are ODP practices?

A: Training will take place at a variety of complexes throughout the state. During the winter months, training is held in the best available indoor facilities and depends on the team’s geographical composition, facility availability, and the coach.  


Q: Who are the Iowa ODP coaches?

A: Iowa ODP coaches are coaches holding a USSF National Coaching License. A list of the current season's coaching staff can be found here


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