Taken from USLSoccer.com
United Soccer Leagues announced earlier this week the player selections for the Super Y-League’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) National Camps to be held at the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida next February. Northern Virginia FC is well represented on the list of chosen attendees, claiming twenty-six spots in the national elite pool.
Each nominated player has been identified as one of the top players in their birth year, and among the top 2% of players in the previous 2011 Super Y-League season.
The ODP Program, which brings together top players from across the United States and Canada, is a crucial component of the USL Super Y-League, offering the best players from the U13 to U17 age groups a chance to receive top-quality coaching and the opportunity to be scouted by U.S. National Team and college coaches. This year’s ODP age groups will feature the top players (192 girls & 192 boys) born in either 1995/96, or 1997/98.
The camps will once again be held at the world-class facilities of IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida, home to the U.S. Soccer U-17 Residency Program. USL National Technical Director Peter Mellor, who has spent the past 18 years as a member of the U.S. National Staff and 25 years as an ODP coach, will direct the camps.
IMG Academies is the world’s largest and most advanced multi-sport training facility for athletic, academic and personal development. During the span of 30-plus years, the Academy’s advanced training methods have helped countless youth, adult, collegiate and professional athletes improve in sport and life by providing an energetic and inspiring atmosphere on a 400-acre campus.
The additional lists of players born in 1993/94 are posted to recognize the top players from those birth years. The list will be promoted to more than 1,000 colleges, the USSF National Staff and the Canadian Soccer Association.
Northern Virginia Football Club, comprised of the Northern Virginia Royals (male), Northern Virginia Majestics (female), and Virginia Alliance (male and female) USL teams, is represented by six teams in the 2011 North American Finals as well as thirty players in the previous SYL ODP Camp pool.
Northern Virginia FC SYL ODP Camp Selections: