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2012 U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Championships schedules announced

28 Feb, 2012

U.S. Youth Soccer's elite are set to compete at the 2012 U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (U.S. Youth Soccer ODP) Championships to be played at FC Dallas Stadium March 9 and 11 in Frisco, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

State-level U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Boys and Girls teams in the 1995 and 1996 age groups (determined by birth year) will play semifinal matches on Friday, March 9, beginning at 1 p.m., with championship and consolation matches to be played Sunday, March 11 beginning at 8 a.m.

The teams competing qualified by winning their respective age group at their U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Regional Championships. Generally, the players on the 1995 and 1996 age groups compete as Under-15 through Under-17 in club soccer.

National Qualifiers
1995 Girls Teams:  New Jersey, Ohio South, Georgia, California South
1995 Boys Teams:  Virginia, Michigan, Tennessee, California South
1996 Girls Teams:  Virginia, Michigan, Florida, California South
1996 Boys Teams:  Virginia, Michigan, Florida, California South

2012 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships Schedule*
Semifinal Matches-Friday, March 9                  
Time     Age Group     Team           Team     Field
1 p.m.     95 Girls     New Jersey     v     Ohio South     6
1 p.m.     95 Boys     Michigan     v     Tennessee     7
3 p.m.     95 Boys     Virginia     v     Cal South     6
3 p.m.     95 Girls     Georgia     v     Cal South     7
5:30 p.m.     96 Girls     Florida     v     Cal South     6
5:30 p.m.     96 Boys     Michigan     v     Cal South     7
8 p.m.     96 Boys     Virginia     v     Florida     6
8 p.m.     96 Girls     Michigan     v     Virginia     7
Championship Matches-Sunday, March 11                  
Time     Age Group     Field                  
8 a.m.     95 Boys     6                  
8:30 a.m.     96 Boys     7                  
10 a.m.     95 Girls     5                  
10:30 a.m.     96 Girls     8                  
Consolation Matches-Sunday, March 11                  
Time     Age Group     Field                  
8 a.m.     95 Boys     5                  
8:30 a.m.     96 Boys     8                  
10 a.m.     95 Girls     6                  
10:30 a.m.     96 Girls     7                  

*Subject to change, please check for the most current schedule.

Scouting the top youth talent in the country, collegiate coaches will observe the U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Championship players during these matches. The participants represent the future of American soccer at the collegiate and international levels.

The U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Championships includes state teams in the 1995 and 1996 age groups. U.S. Youth Soccer is divided into four regions, Region I (East), Region II (Midwest), Region III (South) and Region IV (West) to assist in national competitions.

The players must try out to qualify for the program's high-level through a series of trials at their local, State Association and then Regional levels. Those selected are exposed to the nation's best coaches, trainers and facilities.

Established in 1977, U.S. Youth Soccer ODP is the original Olympic development program and the only elite player development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer and Women's Professional Soccer as well as a majority of current and past national and youth team members, as alumni.

[ +Visit U.S. Youth Soccer's website for more information ]

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