This page is designed to give you insight into the process and goals of the US Youth Soccer New Mexico Olympic Development Program!
Along with a brief description of the program and its processes, we have collected a series of questions commonly asked by players, parents and coaches.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is ODP Phase 1 (Training Sessions)?
This is the start and opportunity for players who are interested in wanting to be selected for Phase 2 to be identified while participating in 5 Training Center dates. There is no specific tryout date and players will train and play small- and/or full-sided games. During this process, the ODP coaching staff will evaluate the players and select those they feel should be invited to advance to Phase 2 “invite only” to have opportunity to represent respective age group state team.
Do we need to attend Phase 1 if we went to Region Camp Last year or made the team last year?
Yes, it is mandatory. This is a new year and all players who would like to be considered for State Team in 2023-24 as well as be considered for Regional Camp are required to participate in Phase 1. Returning players will need to earn their spots back on the team as the coaching staff will change.
Do we need to attend all 6 sessions?
Players can attend some or all of the sessions that fits their schedule. Keep in mind that there will be different coaches in all age groups from previous year.
What are Phase 2 “Invite Only” and ODP pool training sessions?
Selected players to Phase 2 “Invite Only” are placed in age group pools and participate in respective age group ODP training sessions. These training sessions are competitive environments where players will be challenged beyond their comfort zones. The teams travel to various events, including the ODP Regional Championships where they can be identified and invited to join a Region IV camp, team or pool.
What is Regional Championships?
The Regional Championships for US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program spotlights the future stars of United States soccer. State teams compete against one another in Phoenix within Region IV to determine which teams are the best in the region. During this event players will be scouted as well as recommended by State Coaches and Technical Director for Regional Camp.
What is Regional Camp?
US Youth Soccer is divided into four regions, each region offers a regional camp for state association ODP teams in each eligible age group. The camps are designed to provide high-level competition and training for participating players. During this training and competition, players who are capable of performing at a higher level of play are identified for possible national team camp, pool, or team participation. Only those players who participated in Phase 1 and Phase 2 will be eligible as well as recommendation from State Technical Director.
Can we get a list of players going to camp?
State Director once get confirmation of those invited can share. Region IV handles all things related to Regional Camp, including invitations to players going to camp.
What is a National Camp?
National Camps and Interregional events are held throughout the year at various locations in the United States. The National Team Coach or a National Staff Coach is present at these events to observe, train, and identify players for placement in the national pool or on a national team.
Can a YOP join ODP?
Players that are eligible per the age group can attend ODP as they have had an experience and understand the expectations of training.
Can a player tryout for an older age group?
Players have an option to play in an older age group but not recommended. It would need to be requested to the State Technical Director.
Who is my contact about ODP?
The State Technical Director/ODP Director Rick Flores at email@example.com or 760-519-4233.
Who are the Coaches?
Coaches are from across the State and vetted by the State Technical Director. All Staff coaches are licensed and represent the State Association and not their respective program.