May 9, 2013

Arcade, NY- They both have run up and down the soccer field since they were very young and now Meghan Root and Rachael Foote were both recently chosen for their respective NYS West Regional Olympic Development Program (ODP) soccer teams.

The girls were among those to make the cut into the NYS West Olympic Development Program team pool for their respective age groups. Root is in the 1999 age group and Foote is in the 2000 age group. Each state regional association holds annual try-outs. Players are chosen based on technique, tactics, fitness, athletic ability and attitude. Formed in 1977, the program identifies players with superior skills on a continual basis from each of the five age groups for the boys' and girls' programs, from which a National Team is selected for international competition.

US Youth Soccer is divided into four regions, each which offers a regional camp for state association ODP teams in each eligible age group. The camps are held throughout the year at various locations in the United States. The National Team Coach or a National Staff Coach is present at these events to observe, train, and identify players for placement in the national pool or on a national team. Both Foote and Root are planning on attending the Region 1 camp being held at The University of Rhode Island in July of this year.

"We have an upcoming trip to Rhode Island and that's pretty much going to be our vacation this year," said Rachael’s dad. Life for soccer families is spent on the road as the both families can attest. Both Meghan and Rachael started their travel soccer with the Arcade Express Soccer Club but have since made the commitment to play with Premier level teams, Empire Revolution and New York Premier Soccer, respectively.

To find out more about youth soccer opportunities visit these websites:

Empire Revolution Soccer Academy 

New York Premier Soccer 

Buffalo/Western New York Junior Soccer League

New York State West Youth Soccer Association 

US Youth Soccer