The following is a brief summary of the major programs we offer or sponsor:
Instructional Program – This program is designed to provide proper training for all individuals regardless of their coaching or playing experience. A standard set of course levels have been created to provide instruction to coaches, as well as other specialized programs. The courses are organized in a progressive format so that instruction relates to specific age groups and leads up to the US Soccer National coaching schools for the C, B, and A license. Mass Youth Soccer hosts over 150 coaching courses and programs each year, resulting in over 2,500 youth soccer coaches receiving licensor across the state. Frequently, prominent national and international coaches are invited to the state to share their coaching knowledge and techniques. Mass Youth Soccer also maintains an extensive and very active book and video lending library that provides information on all kinds of soccer-related topics.
Outreach Programs – An influential national and state outreach programs is TOPSoccer. TOPSoccer, a US Youth Soccer National Outreach program, is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl with a mental or physical disability. The unique thing about TOPSoccer is that each program, run by local soccer organization, is different and is created around the specific needs of the participants. Mass Youth Soccer is also actively involved with Special Olympics, and was recently named to its Hall of Fame.
The GOALS outreach program is an innovative program formed by Mass Youth Soccer, bringing a community-based summer soccer camp environment to a number of urban communities across the state (Boston, Worcester, Springfield). The camp combines academics and soccer for kids from the ages of 7-14.
Olympic Development Program (ODP) – The Olympic Development Program, or “ODP” as it is more commonly called, is a national identification and development program designed to identify youth soccer players throughout the country and to represent their state (MA) association, region and the United States in soccer competition. ODP teams formed at the state and regional levels are made up of the best players in various age groups. At the state association level, pools of players are identified in each eligible age group (ages 13 to 17), and brought together as a team to develop skill through training and competition. From the state pools and subsequent teams, players are identified for regional and national pools and teams. Each year, about 425 out of 800 players that tryout, make the Massachusetts ODP teams.
District Select Program – Mass Youth Soccer sponsors a summer program called the District Select Program. Cities and towns throughout the commonwealth are combined into districts of roughly equal population. It is used primarily as a means to allow the continuation of player's development during the summer. Each year about 1,600 players, ages under 12 through under 16 and under 19, participate in 7 districts. The teams play a compact four-week season, culminating with a championship tournament in which all teams are eligible to participate.