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Talented Pathway

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The OSA Talented Pathway was created to provide opportunities for the top players in the province to develop and advance. The basis for the program is the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) launched in 2014 at the U13 level. In each successive year, OPDL will add an age group. The licensing cycle for organizations wishing to operate an OPDL program is every two years. The OPDL is the primary venue within the OSA Talented Pathway model for players to be detected into future Provincial Screening Competitions. For those players who are not competing within the OPDL, they may enter into the OSA Player Talented Pathway via Talent on Location Days.

The preliminary information on the Talent on Location Day process is outlined is the OSA Information Bulletin I2016-040.

It is also recommended that players, coaches, parents and guardians familiarise themselves with OSA Information Bulletin I2016-008.

Player Recommendation Process - U-13, U-14, U-15

 The Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) High Performance Program has released the player recommendation process for ORNCA and OSA Membership Club’s Technical Staff. 

This is being done so that players within Ontario will have the opportunity to be recommended by a certified and qualified OSA Membership Club Technical Director/Club Head Coach, District Technical Director or ORNCA Technical Director.

Before beginning the process, it is suggested the coach, player and parent read and understand these previous OSA information bulletins on the Recommendation Process: I2016-008 and I2016-040.

The target date for the Player Recommendation Process to be officially posted is July 17, 2017.  As such players cannot be recommended prior to this date.

On July 17, 2017 the recommending coach can then select the yet to be created link that pertains to the age and gender of the player(s) of whom they wish to recommend:

U14 Boys (born 2004): 
U14 Girls (born 2004): 
U15 Boys (born 2003): 
U15 Girls (born 2003): 
U16 Boys (born 2002): 
U16 Girls (born 2002): 

The recommending coach will then complete the Coach Information page and provide NCCP number and OSA number for OSA to verify their coaching certification level and certification status. If no NCCP number (i.e. foreign licence) is available please provide a scanned copy of the Coaching Certificate as outlined on the page.

The recommending coach will then be directed to watch 20 minutes of Provincial Teams’ game film. The Provincial Teams’ game films to be viewed are as follows:

• U14 game film is used when recommending players born in 2004
• U15 game film is used when recommending players born in 2003
• U16 game film is used when recommending players born in 2002

The recommending coach should note the jersey number of the Ontario Provincial Player whom they believe their recommended player(s) is the equivalent of or better than. The coach will then download and complete the appropriate player evaluation form for each individual player being recommended. Once completed the document will need to be uploaded as prompted on the page.

The Recommending coach should have the following available:

• Player’s name
• Player’s date of birth
• Player’s OSA number
• Player’s email(s) contact

The recommending coach can submit, as an option, game video of the recommended player (up to 5 minutes). Be sure to provide the jersey colour and number of the recommended player in the video.

The Player recommendation package is to be signed by the recommending coach, the player being recommended and the parent of the player being recommended.

The recommending coach is to submit the completed package by or before the closing date of August 25, 2017 at 5:00pm

The Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) High Performance Program will review the player recommendation packages and assess if the player should receive an invite. Incomplete or inaccurate packages will not be considered for review.

The OSA High Performance Program will contact those players and the recommending coach if they have been invited to the upcoming Talent on Location Day Event:

The Talent on Location Day event for players born in 2002 is September 23, 2017.

The Talent on Location Day event for players born in 2003 is September 24, 2017.

The Talent on Location Day event for players born in 2004 is October 14, 2017.

The email to the invited players will contain additional details (i.e. report time) and any other paperwork that will need to be completed and submitted prior to the event.

The Talent on Location Days will take place at the Ontario Soccer Centre on the full size indoor or outdoor turf field.

If you have any questions or challenges regarding the submission process, please contact Brandon Frith.

For all other questions please contact Bryan Rosenfeld.

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