A key mission of US Youth Soccer-Europe is to advocate our College bound Players to US Colleges. Therefore we attend one College Showcase per year with our Boys and Girls U18 State Teams. This year the Boys team has been accepted to the Dallas Cup and will attend it for the first time ever. The team attending the Dallas Cup is made up of players from various backgrounds living in Germany, Ireland, England and Holland. Two of our player’s parents are currently serving in Iraq.
A key mission of US Youth Soccer-Europe is to advocate our College bound Players to US Colleges. Therefore we attend one College Showcase per year with our Boys and Girls U18 State Teams. This year the Boys team has been accepted to the Dallas Cup and will attend it for the first time ever. The team attending the Dallas Cup is made up of players from various backgrounds. While most of them are dependents of US Service members, some are civilians working and living in Europe without any US Military affiliation. The team is made up of players living in Germany, Ireland, England and Holland. Two of our player’s parents are currently serving in Iraq.
The purpose of US Youth Soccer Europe and ODP Europe is to identify, develop and train American Youth Soccer players residing in Europe. Thousands of U.S. citizens reside in Europe via the military, foreign support services and civilian companies. Most of our members are part of the US Forces stationed in Europe. US Youth Soccer Europe is headquartered in the beautiful mediaeval city of Heidelberg, home to the oldest University in Germany and the US Army Europe headquarters.
US Youth Soccer Europe organizationally is part of US Youth Soccer Region 1 and our players attend an ID Camp in Bitburg, Germany where Region 1 Coaches, who travel to Germany for this camp, identify players for the respective Region 1 Player Pools and Call Back Camps. Throughout the year we will host three Camps in Bitburg, Germany and play games and tournaments against local German or other European Teams.
The team is being coached by Head Coach Dominik Ludes, a German National and German High School Teacher who has been with the program for his 3rd year. This is his first year serving as head coach. Dominik holds a German C License.
His assistant Coach is Phil Verley, who serves in the US Air Force on Ramstein Airbase in Germany. He has been with the program for 2 years now assisting the U15 State Team last year and the U18 State Team this year. Coach Phil holds a USSF D License and just returned last summer from a deployment to Iraq.
The group is being managed by Sven Stadtrecher, who is the Director of Coaching for US Youth Soccer Europe. He also is a German National and German Police Officer. He currently serves as the German Police Liaison Officer to the US Army in Heidelberg. Sven has been part of the program since 2000 and has served as the U17 and U19 Assistant and Head Coach prior to becoming the Director of Coaching in 2005. He currently holds an “old” German B License along with a USSF National D License and NSCAA Advanced Regional Diploma and National Youth Diploma.
US Youth Soccer Europe was founded in 1996 under the name Olympic Development Program Europe or ODP Europe. Founding members where Paul LaBella, Mike Dickey and Michael Brendel. Paul has since moved to California and is an active part of the Cal South and Region IV ODP Program and Mike Dickey is now the Region II Women’s National Staff Coach. Michael Brendel passed away in 2002 following a heart attack after coming home from an ODP Europe event.
Following a restructuring in 2006 ODP Europe was named US Youth Soccer Europe and 8 Districts where introduced to better reach the American youth players in Europe. All districts are located in or around a major US Military Community; they are Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Kaiserslautern, Oberpfalz, Wiesbaden (all in Germany) and England, Italy and BeNeLux. Out of these Districts the ODP Europe State Teams are then formed.
This article written for the Dallas Cup website by Sven Stadtrecher of US Youth Soccer-Europe 01/25/09