Residents selected for regional Olympic pool teams

Two Shelburne soccer players were selected to US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Region I Pool teams. They are among the top players in Vermont Soccer Association’s ODP program.

  • 1998 Region I Boy’s Pool team: Jeremy Richard, Shelburne
  • 1997 Region I Boy’s Pool team: Lucas Magnier, Shelburne

The US Youth Soccer ODP was formed in 1977 to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team would be selected for international competition. It provides high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels; and, through the use of carefully selected and licensed coaches, develops a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching.

From 1982 until the present, international events for youth national teams have increased substantially and the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program has kept pace by instituting trials and player pools for five age groups in the boys’ program, and five age groups in the girls’ program.

Each State Association holds US Youth Soccer ODP try-outs on an annual basis, conducted by state association coaches who are recognized for their ability to identify and train players with superior skills. Players are evaluated on four major components that make up a soccer player: technique, tactics, fitness and a psychological component or attitude.

For more information, please contact Karen Harlow at vsa-odp@vermontsoccer.org or visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.

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