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About Region I Girls ODP#

The primary mission is to identify elite level Region I players and facilitate their selection to the U.S. National Team programs. The selection process takes place through state, regional and national trials. The primary benefit to the player is to be able to try out, train and play against the best players in their age group, allowing the best players to further their development as soccer players.


Ensure the elite players from each state are represented at the regional evaluation level. Ensure the regional coaches are comprised of professional, college, high school and club coaches of the highest ethical standards. Ensure the regional coaches evaluate the best players against each other from the 15 state associations in a fair and impartial manner. Ensure the program to be as cost effective as possible, especially for the elite level players; costs of the program will be equally distributed among all players; and ensure a fair selection process.


To provide a consistent structure the annual camps. To consistently communicate selection process and annual schedules to players, parents and states utilizing website and emails to players, coaches and state representatives and presidents on a regular basis to allow each state to make "area regional camp." To allow states to send full teams or players at the U-14, U-15 and U-16 age group levels with older age groups only represented as region pools (i.e. U-17 and U-18).To appoint a coaching staff for each age group. To establish a schedule for each age group and publish schedules at least one year in advance.


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

In 1979, the program expanded, the organization became more efficient and multi-year plans were developed. State Associations were encouraged to develop programs which supported and worked in tandem with National and Regional programs. At the beginning of 1982, a formalized program for girls was created, with the addition of a full committee (one member from each Region in US Youth Soccer).

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

How do I participate?

Each State Association holds ODP tryouts on an annual basis. Age groups and tryout dates are different from state to state, based on seasonal and state considerations. Contact your local US Youth Soccer State Association office to find out more about getting involved with US Youth Soccer ODP. You can find your State Association by clicking HERE.

How are players selected?

Players are selected, in most states, on the basis of open tryouts. These tryouts are conducted by State Association coaches who are recognized for their ability to identify and train players with superior skills. Some State Associations combine scouting techniques and invitations to certain players with the open tryouts. Selection of these players is not an easy task. The State Association head coach or state coach will, in most cases, be assisted in the selection process by several other qualified coaches from the club or league level. Players are evaluated on the four components that make up a soccer player:

  • Technique
  • Tactics
  • Fitness and athletic ability
  • Psychological component (attitude)

What are regional camps?

Regional 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. Each camp varies somewhat as to the specifics and the cost associated. Your state association or regional administrator should be contacted for more information.

What are the benefits of participating in Region I ODP?
  • Development as a player. The opportunity to train and play with the best players in one's age group.
  • Quality instruction from nationally licensed coaches.
  • Quality competition. Games against other State Association teams.
  • Exposure to regional and national team coaches.
  • The opportunity to represent one's state, region or country in competition.
  • Exposure to college coaches.

What is the Region I Girls ODP Injured Reserve Policy?

In order to be eligible for the injured reserve list, the player must have approval of the age group head coach before beginning the process.  If there is no communication with the age group head coach, prior to camp or during the camp, the player is not eligible for the list.
  • Injuries prior to regional camp:

    If a player has been a member of the regional pool in the previous year, she is eligible to be on the injured reserved list prior to camp. If the player sustains an injury, which prevents her from participating in regional camp, an email must be sent to Jean Brooks, Region I Girls ODP Administrator, along with medical documentation. The player does not have to attend regional camp. The player may be added to the Region I team pool, after she is evaluated, but this is not guaranteed. It is the player responsibility to email her Region I age group head coach to schedule a possible evaluation (once she is cleared to play). The evaluations will only take place at US Youth soccer sanctioned events. 

    A player from the injured reserve list must receive special permission from the Region I Head Coach in order to be eligible for the first event of the year at our Interregional Competition in Boca Raton.

    The player’s name will not appear on the final roster at the end of Regional Camp

    No U13 player is eligible for this policy if she does not attend camp.

  • If an injury is sustained while at camp:

    If the age group head coach has completed his/her evaluation, the player may be named to the Region I team at the end of camp. If the Region I age group head coach has an incomplete evaluation due to player injury, the player may be named to the injured reserved list. At that point, the above applies.  Specifically, the player must have been a player in the regional pool the previous year.

    Once cleared to play, it is the responsibility of the player to communicate, with her age group head coach, her possible eligibility for the injured reserved list and her schedule for future regional events.

    Once the player is healthy, the regional staff will make their best effort to complete the evaluation (at a US Youth Soccer sanctioned event) within the next 6 months.

Region I Girls ODP Committee
Administrator:  Jean Brooks
Committee:  Elizabeth Evans
Committee:  Mary Ann McKenna
Committee:  Katia Sarokon

Region I Girls ODP Staff#

Sue Ryan 
Region I Girls ODP  - Head Coach

29th Season  Head Women’s Soccer Coach  Stony Brook University
27th Year as Region l Girls ODP Head Coach
U17 & U20 U.S. Women’s National Team  Assistant coach
Member of U.S. National Team Scouting Staff
USSF “A” License, National and Advanced National licenses  NSCAA
Long Island Soccer player Hall of Fame
2011 NSCAA Women’s Committee Award of Excellence
NSCAA  National Staff Coach
Ian Stone
Senior Staff - U17 Head Coach

21st Year  Head Women’s Coach   St. John’s University
USSF "A" License; NSCAA Advance National Diplooma
15 Years Coaching Experience w/ ENY ODP
4th Year  Head Coach with U17 Region l Pool, prior years as Senior Staff
2006 Big East Conference Coach of the Year
2009 NSCAA Northeast Region Coach of the Year
 Played on the reserve team of the Premier League club, Chelsea
Darren Marshall
Senior Staff - U17 Assistant Coach

USSF “A” License
10 years  Region 1 ODP staff
MA Youth Soccer Educational Coach
Previous coach with NEFC
Previous Assistant Boston Breakers
 International Travel to Russia/Croatia/Ireland/Germany
Coached in 37 International Games
National Youth License
NSCAA Premier Diploma
Erica Walsh
Senior Staff - U16 Head Coach

Head Women’s Soccer Coach Penn State
2012 NSCAA National Coach of the Year
2-time Big 10 Coach of the Year (2009, 2012)
U19 U.S. National  Team Assistant Coach
U17 U.S. National Team Head Coach for 3 years
Member of the Panel of Instructors & Lecturers for FIFA Courses
Chairman of Women’s Technical Committee 2008-2011
2008 Assistant Coach U.S National Team 

Tom Hayes
Senior Staff - U16 Assistant Coach

34 years of coaching experience
29 Years with Eastern NY South ODP
27 Years with Region l ODP
Created fitness protocol for Region 1 program
Scheduling of summer camps at URI for all age groups
John Daly
Senior Staff - U16 Assistant Coach

27 Years with Region I Girls ODP
27th Year as Head Women’s Soccer Coach at William and Mary
National Soccer Coaches Association of America Women's Award
Coached Region I Girls teams in Russia, Holland & Italy
2010 NSCAA Women's Committee Award of Excellence
Brenda VanStralen
Senior Staff - U15 Head Coach

Head Women’s Soccer Coach  St. Francis University, 10th year
Three time Northeastern Conference Coach of the Year
8 Years  Region l ODP Staff
EPA ODP Coach and also coached with MA ODP
Member of the Dutch Coaches Association-Oefenmeester (License III)
Eric Teepe
Senior Staff - U15 Assistant Coach

Fairleigh Dickinson University  Head Women’s Soccer Coach
Former Assistant Coach  Stony Brook University
USSF “B” License, National and Advanced Diplomas  NSCAA
NSCAA National Board Member and Youth Girls Representative
 Over 20 years of coaching experience
Kevin Long
Senior Staff - U14 Head Coach

Head Women’s Soccer Coach  Marshall University
USSF “B” License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
International USYS Region I ODP Coaching in Costa Rica & Russia
Served on VA ODP Staff
Karla Thompson
U14 Assistant Coach

Region II ODP Staff Coach
Kentucky & Tennessee ODP Staff Coach
AYSA GODP - State Director/Instructor/Staff
Region IV - Director of Scouting Southwest
 Xavier College Prep Varsity Coach
University of Texas @ Austin – Assistant  Coach
University of Louisville - Head Coach
Desert Valley Region Coach of the Year
Kristin Shaw
Senior Staff - U13 Head Coach

Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach Villanova University
Former Head Coach at Smith College
Advanced Diploma & State Goalkeeping Diploma from the NSCAA
Former General Manager for the New England Mutiny WPSL
Mark Ruest
Senior Staff - U13 Assistant Coach

Over 20 years of Coaching/ Education Experience
USSF A license
USSF National Youth license
US Soccer Federation ‘C’ Course Instructor
Served as Head Coach for NH ODP
Served as Region 1 U13 Girls Head Coach
Founded NH Soccer Academy

Chris Bleam
Senior Staff - U12 Head Coach

USSF "A" License
 NSCAA "Premier" Diploma
USSF National Youth License
Fmr Region I U17 Girls Head Coach
Parkland High School Varsity Coach for 20 years
EPYSA Coaching Education Staff
2009 Morning Call Coach of the Year
2009 NSCAA Region II Large School & PA State Coaches Assoc Coach of the Year
Maren Rojas
Director of Goalkeeping

Current Assistant of Operations for Harvard Lacrosse
Former Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach Boston College, UVA, JMU & Syracuse
Former head coach at Bowdoin College, Maine
Former Assistant coach for the Boston Breakers
10 plus years working with Region l ODP
Dave Bucciero
Director of Coaching Education & New Staff Evaluation

Head Coach American University 2008-2012
Assoc Head Coach/GK Coach Boston University 2001-2008
Patriot League Coach of the Year Honors in 2009
Former Goalkeeper Coach & Assistant Coach at Texas Tech University
USSF “A” License and NSCAA Advanced License
10 years with Region l ODP