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To align with the Canadian Soccer Association’s new technical direction and removal of the National All Stars Championships, the OSA’s Player Development programs are changing to create new player identification pathway for male and female athletes.
The current Provincial Program continues but in a revised format for players currently within the program cycle. The U16 Provincial Program will take place from Jan – April. It will involve one weekend of training per month and culminate in a tournament during the May 1-3 weekend. The program will focus on player detection and benchmarking player development through competition.
Player detection opportunities for both male and female players beyond the provincial program will be enhanced within the revised program.
Male players identified will be invited to CSA National Camps that will be held in Ontario twice annually. From those camps and identification in professional academy environments players will be identified and involved in national age group projects.
U13 and U14 Players and OPDL
With the launch of the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) for the 2014 season, players born in 2001 and after, as well as their parents, should be aware of changes in the delivery of high performance soccer in the province. From 2014 forward, the pathway has changed for the 2001-born and younger players.
The OPDL is a standards-based program where clubs have reached standards that demonstrate they can deliver on program expectations set out by the OSA. The best opportunity for players to progress to Talent Development Centres (TDCs), the new form of the previous regional programs, is to be part of OPDL as it will be the primary environment for player screening from 2014 forward.
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