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Junior Academy FAQ

  1. What is the purpose of MDP?
    • The Montana Development Program (MDP) is a state program offered by Montana Youth Soccer. MDP falls under the Olympic Development Program (ODP) umbrella of US Youth Soccer at the national program level. The purpose of MDP is to identify the highest caliber players in the state. After identification, MDP  further develops these players through monthly supplemental training outside their club activities and provides them opportunities to be seen at events by US Youth Soccer and college scouts.
  2. What is the US Youth Soccer ODP Pathway?
    • US Youth Soccer ODP limits eligibility to 12U-17U players each season. Through continued development and hard work, MDP players of these ages can advance from the state level to the regional level to the national level of US Youth Soccer ODP.
    • The full pathway can be found HERE.
  3. Who can attend the MDP Junior Academy ID Event?
    • All age appropriate players for that season can attend the ID event. Eligible birth years for the 2020/21 season are 2006-2009.
  4. What forms do I need to fill out to participate in the ID Event?
    • Online Registration Form (Completed through GotSport)
    • Medical Release Form (Completed through GotSport)
    • Concussion Form (Completed through GotSport)
  5. How much is registration and what does it cover?
    • The non-refundable MDP ID Registration Fee is $75. This fee will be due at the time online registration through GotSport is completed. Once the ID event is complete, players will be named to the State Team or Pool Team.
    • Players offered a spot on the State Team will be responsible for an additional $300 Training Fee should they accept their invitation. This fee will be non-refundable.
    • Players offered a spot on the Pool Team will only be responsible for an additional $150 Training Fee should they accept their invitation. This fee will be non-refundable.
    • These registration fees cover rental of facilities, coach's fees and administrative costs for training throughout the season.
    • Additional event fees and travel costs will be incurred during the season based on the team’s final event schedule.
  6. What are the benefits of participating in the Junior Academy?
    • Player development
    • Access to the US Youth Soccer ODP Pathway
    • The opportunity to train and play with the best players in one's age group
    • Quality instruction from nationally licensed coaches
    • Games against teams from other State Association programs
    • Exposure to US Youth Soccer Regional and National Team Coaches
    • The opportunity to represent one's state, region and country in competition
    • Exposure to college coaches
    • Experience new things and meet new people
  7. How will MDP notify me whether my player has made the State Team or Pool Team?
    • Emails will be sent to players and parents shortly after the last scheduled ID event.
  8. How many players will be named to the State Team?
    • This may vary by age and gender group.
  9. How long is the MDP Junior Academy season?
    • The Junior Academy season begins in August and ends in July. Training dates will begin in late September and conclude in March. US Youth Soccer Regional and National ODP events go through July.
  10. Once a player is selected to either the State Team or Pool Team, when will these teams train?
    • MDP's goal is for State Team players to train twice a month and for Pool Team players to train once a month. This may be impacted by weather, availability and other scheduled MDP events.
  11. What other costs will there be for events and camps?
    • Event costs will be dependent on event registration fee, travel costs, etc. Final event fees will cover everything for the player with the exception of their food and airline tickets (if necessary).
  12. How do I determine what event I should attend when there is a soccer conflict between my club and MDP?