California Odyssey Awarded Boys USSDA U12 Academy Program
California Odyssey Soccer Club (COSC) regains US Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) club status after being awarded the USSDA boys U12 program for the 2017-2018 season
California Odyssey Soccer Club has been accepted into the boys U12 USSDA academy league for the 2017-2018 season. This league will host top level elite players born in 2006 and 2007 for the 2017-2018 soccer season in a Northern California regional league. US soccer has created a premier development platform for young players to continue on a pathway for elite player development and ultimately to the US National Teams Program.
Cal Odyssey was a founding USSDA member club in 2007 and produced teams that participated in back-to-back runner-up finishes at the 2009 and 2010 U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-15/16 Finals. Some of Odyssey’s most prolific players came out of Odyssey’s USSDA teams including Nathan Smith, Elijah Martin, and Villyan Bijev, to name a few.
“Playing for California Odyssey and their US Development Academy teams as a youth player meant that I was training and playing at the highest level possible in the United States. Because of Odyssey and their USSDA teams, I made it to the US Soccer Residency program in Florida at the age of 15, proudly playing for our US youth National teams. From the residency program I attended UCLA on a soccer scholarship and now play for the LA Galaxy. I’m excited to hear the US Development Academy is coming back to Odyssey and the central valley. The USSDA training philosophy, level of coaching, and level of competition are unmatched in the United States. The central valley is a soccer hotbed filled with talented young players and the Odyssey USSDA teams present a great opportunity for aspiring young players.”- Nathan Smith, LA Galaxy II, US Youth National Team, and former Odyssey USSDA player
About the Academy
Following a comprehensive review of elite player development in the United States and around the world, U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007 for male players in the U-15 to U-18 age groups. In 2013, the Academy expanded to include the U-13/14 age group, which has continued to improve development by setting standards and improving the everyday environment for players and clubs. To date, the Academy has been the leader in developing players in the U.S. with the thousands of alumni moving on to play college soccer, 116 Academy graduates currently rostered in the MLS and 14 Academy players earning USMNT caps.
About the U-12 Academy
In its continual effort to improve player development, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program expanded to the Under-12 age group in the Fall of 2016.
The U-12 program will incorporate the same Academy philosophy as the older age groups, providing this critical younger age with an improved environment to enhance player and coach development. The players will train more often, while also playing fewer - but more meaningful - games every week, which will provide the American player with the opportunity to learn and develop to reach their full potential.
The Development Academy has posted a narrated video presentation about the overall plan for the U-12 age group.
For more information about the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Program, please visit ussoccerda.com