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High Performance Youth Soccer Development in Ontario


 

ABOUT THE OPDL



Welcome to the Ontario Player Development League!

OPDL is Canadian soccer's first standards-based youth high performance league that combines top level competition with strict high performance training standards. This exciting new youth high performance program is an important component of the overall movement to adopt the core principles of Long Term Player Development (LTPD) across soccer at large in Ontario and Canada.

Focusing on stages 4 (Train-To-Train) and 5 (Train-To-Compete) of the LTPD pathway, OPDL represents young players' early graduation to a genuine high performance training environment, targeting only the top athletes in the province from age groups U13 to U23 with what will be the highest level of competitive youth soccer in Ontario.

Unlike other leagues, OPDL operates more as a high performance training program than merely a league.

In order to participate, clubs must apply for a license and meet strict criteria that show themselves to be worthy of training and developing the province's best. OPDL teams have a base level of training intensity and rigour akin to professional soccer environments that mean their players not only compete against the best, but train like the best. And importantly, teams are not promoted or relegated from the OPDL. Entry is decided on by the quality of the club, not the results on the field, allowing coaches to focus purely on developing their players.

Licenses for 2014/15 seasons will be granted through an RFP process that will be undertaken over the summer of 2013. A maximum of 24 licenses will be issued, but if less than 24 applications are received that meet the standards needed, the League will operate with less than 24 entrants. Invitations for new license applications will be made for 2016 and 2018 intake.

These pages will give you initial information about the OPDL, including what organizations need to know in order to consider applying for the OPDL this summer. 


More information on the Ontario Player Development League can be found in the document titled An Introductory Guide for Ontario Soccer Clubs.  There is also a FAQ page which is updated every Tuesday.  If you are interested in making an application you can find the dates on the OPDL Announcements page as well as download the document titled Request for Proposals for League Entry.  Questions on the OPDL should be directed to opdl@soccer.on.ca.
 
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