About The Olympic Development Program
The Tennessee State Soccer Association (TSSA) is proud to provide a comprehensive Olympic Development Program (ODP). In ODP, it is our goal to select and train the most talented, promising, and committed players in our state to represent Tennessee in ODP events. In ODP, we select a pool of players from each age group and gender (the 2003 through 2008 players in the 2019-2020 Season) and work with those players throughout the year. This state pool will continually have players coming into and out of it as new players are identified and others are unavailable due to individual club commitments.
Tryouts (Trials) are the simplest and most direct path to ODP state pools. Each year we offer open tryout opportunities for players who did not participate in or were not selected for ODP state pools during the previous year. For the 2019-2020 seasonal year, TN Soccer will also utilize a scouting network to evaluate players more often and in various environments. Players identified through this scouting network may be invited to state pool events. Returning state pool players from the previous seasonal year automatically return to the state pool the following year. Continued participation (from year to year and during the season) is based on the player's performance and attitude.
After training with our state pools, the TN ODP Staff will offer state team spots to certain players in the state pool. The State Teams will represent Tennessee at several events including the Sub-Regional and Inter-Regional events in January and February, as well as our culminating event - the South Region ODP Camps. These camps (held in separate locations for boys and girls) occur each July, and currently are hosted in Alabama (Girls' ODP at Montevallo University, and Boys' ODP at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa).