District Select

2014–2015 Eligible Age Groups: 2001, 2002 and 2003 birth years ONLY

The entry level age groups for US Youth Soccer ODP participate in the District Select Program in the fall and on one weekend in the spring. The program is open to all players and includes four training sessions and two one-day festivals. At the conclusion of the process, a pool of approximately 36 players for each age group and gender will be identified for further training and potential selection to a regional camp in July. The District Select Program offers an ideal opportunity for players to sample the program without the pressure of a traditional tryout situation.

Players of all competitive levels are encouraged to take advantage of this experience. Participation in the District Select Program is not an essential prerequisite to future participation in the US Youth Soccer ODP, however, the earlier a player's skills and potential are identified the more help it can be to the evaluations of district, state, regional and national coaches.

ODP

2014–2015 Eligible Age Groups: 1998, 1999 and 2000 birth years ONLY

This program is open to all players born in the eligible birth year and begins with two identification sessions in late April. At the conclusion of the identification process, a pool of approximately 36 players per age group and gender will be selected for further training and potential selection to a regional camp in July. Players of all competitive levels are encouraged to take part in this program.


How Are Players Selected?

Beginning in September the younger age groups are selected (40–50 players) through the District Select Program, which includes training and competition. The older age groups (24-30 players) are identified through open tryouts generally held the following Spring.

A player may also be identified and asked to join at anytime during the year. It is the MYSA State Coaches' responsibility to provide the best 18 players in their respective age groups. They will scout games throughout the year looking for player talent.

Selection is not an easy task for age group coaches. The head coach uses input from other qualified coaches at the identifications to make the final selection.

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

  1. Skill
  2. Tactics
  3. Fitness and Athletic Ability
  4. Psychological (attitude)

Of the components mentioned skill, the player's ability to control the ball under game conditions, is usually the determining factor.

Because of the volume of players attending selection and efforts to keep costs to a minimum we are unable to provide written individual evaluations on all players. We remain available to discuss selections with players and their coaches.