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ODFC RTP and Cesena USA: Synergy in Action!

04/05/2018, 5:00pm EDT
By Joanne Sloane

Developmental programs are complex entities that require the allowance of guided discovery and emphasis on the “whole” player. The ODFC Rising Talent Program (RTP) is such a program as it addresses the early development phase of most of our Cesena USA players.

The RTP is broken down into two segments the Junior RTP (ages 5-6 years old) and our RTP (ages 7-9). The RTP has never deviated from a curriculum rich in coordination/balance and ball mastery. The program teaches kids vital components of the game that have nothing to do with “how fast” or “how tall” they are and EVERYTHING to do with staying fit and learning about themselves. Overcoming hurdles (literally and figuratively), learning to balance yourself through the agility ladders and side stepping around cones all play a critical part in the development of coordination, balance and fitness. All of these components are needed as players develop and build up their inventory of skills with a soccer ball at their feet.  Coaches and trainers understand that it’s all about increasing the challenges one step at a time in a methodical, thought provoking way.

The RTP also brings to the forefront another important but subtle component as it provides children the opportunity to “learn how to learn”. Just like academic learning, players need to adjust their perspective on learning and realize that the challenges that come with new concepts are fun.  Andy Vera, Cesena USA Program Director expressed his thoughts this way, “most players enjoy playing a game (any game) if it’s challenging and enjoyable…RTP and the Cesena Program utilizes these components to teach.”

All these components introduced at the youngest age groups have proven to be essential in the Cesena Program. ODFC Director of Travel Program Operations, JJ Kern said this, “all our kids that go from RTP to Cesena USA see many of the same coaches, training techniques and even teammates…the seamless transition from one program to another is one of our greatest secrets.”

For those that have had the privilege of observing the RTP in action, have truly witnessed developmental programming at its best. 

WPSL Cesena USA Ladies - Roster Set For Challenging Season!

03/07/2018, 12:00pm EST
By Kellie Barella

The Cesena USA WPSL roster now has 30 eligible players to begin the 2018 season on May 19th. A number of local Loudoun County players made the “cut” including athletes from Champe, Freedom, Stone Bridge and Loudoun County High School are well represented on this years’ roster.

Cesena will also have "veteran" players from Roanoke, Cal State, Radford, CNU, ECU, St. Joseph's and Alabama rounding out our list this coming season to add age and experience to the group.

The Cesena USA ladies will be playing in the extremely competitive Colonial Division this coming season which forms part of the WPSL Eastern Region. Teams included on our schedule are Virginia Beach City FC, Legacy and the Washington Spirit.

Opening day is Saturday, May 19th vs. VA Beach City in Virginia Beach with a local “derby” to be played in Loudoun County on Thursday, June 7th vs. the Washington Spirit.

For more information on the Cesena USA WPSL Program contact us at director@cesenacalciousa.com or click here!

ODFC Now Part of Prestigious Eastern Regional League!

01/04/2018, 3:00pm EST
By John Laws

Congratulations to the ODFC Cesena ’05 girls as they will join some of the best youth clubs in the region this spring 2018 in competing in the Eastern Regional League (ERL) starting this coming February.

The ERL is part of US Youth Soccer a member organization of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Youth Council, the governing body for soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer is a national organization of more than 3 million registered youth soccer players between the ages of 5 and 19, more than 600,000 volunteers and administrators, and more than 300,000 dedicated coaches, most of whom also are volunteers. US Youth Soccer is made up of 55 “member” State Associations and divided into four regions, each with a Director elected to the board. The regions are “East” (Region I), “Midwest” (Region II), “South” (Region III) and “West” (Region IV).  

ODFC Cesena will be competing in Region 1 which has as members the following states:

Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Eastern New York, New York West, Eastern Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania West, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia

Once again congratulations to Coach Bryant, Coach Hadsell and all our club coaches that have worked hard to guide these talented young ladies! Forza Girls! We’re proud of you!

Cesena USA has opened registration for US and International female players interested in playing for Cesena USA WPSL in 2018!

Cesena USA will once again carry a 1st team and a “primavera” group each with 20-25 players. The Primavera group will consist of ’01, ’00 and ’99 top level players. Players from the ’98 class and above will be looked at for the 1st team.

All locally based high school and college/university players must be registered by Saturday, December 16th to be considered and invited to our evaluation sessions.

For more information click here! 

Cesena '05G (Black) Ranked #6 in Region 1

11/16/2017, 11:00am EST
By Kellie Barella

Cesena 05G Black completes Fall Campaign with Bethesda Premier Championship!

Over the November 11th-12th weekend our Cesena's U13 girls finished 3-0-1 to win Bethesda's Chesapeake Division. This is the second Bethesda Championship for the girls including last years win. The girls tallied 6 goals and yielded just 1. The tournament win followed another solid season in EDP's 1st Division (South). 

Cesena 05G Black, currently ranked #6 in Region 1 and #32 in the United States, will participate in the Eastern Regional League, several tournaments, and State Cup in the Spring.

If you are interested in a player evaluation, please contact Coach Greg Bryant at 703.217.7104.

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