In the beginning...
Odyssey Soccer Club's roots go back to 1994. The club was formed by Paul Gallagher. Born in Dublin Ireland, Paul played Division 1 youth soccer for Belvedere Football Club and Saint Malachy's Football Club when they won Regional and National Championships.
Paul came to North Texas in 1994 and began coaching select soccer in the Lake Highlands, Arlington and Plano Premier Leagues. He has coached in the ODP program and is a North Texas staff coach. In 1995 Paul founded "International Soccer Skills", a school of excellence (ISS) providing skills training and camps to DFW area teams. He joined Alliance Soccer club (later renamed Odyssey Soccer Club) in 1996 as the Director of Coaching. He currently holds that position along with Girl's Coaching Director and Odyssey Soccer Academy Director.
His father, Paddy Gallagher, joined the club in 2000 after a long and respected career in international soccer. Internationally known in the soccer community, Paddy has had an extensive career in Europe. From his playing days in Ireland, he has been committed to soccer and the pursuit of excellence within the sport. He now holds the highest coaching license from Ireland, England, and Scotland along with the new European "A" License and USSF B License. Paddy has held positions with professional clubs and has been a staff coach with the Football Association of Ireland since 1980. With the FAI he was the Woman's National Team head coach and the Assistant Director of Coaching responsible for coach education and player development. The two gentlemen have brought their passion for the game to Tarrant County and continue to lead Odyssey SC.