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Player Development Webinars

Transformational Coaching

In this webinar, with Dr. Jean Côté, will focus on reviewing and examining the concept of coaching effectiveness and present the fundamental principles of Transformational Coaching. 

Côté is professor and Director in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University at Kingston (Canada). 

His research interests are in the areas of youth sport, coaching, and positive youth development. He has published more than 150 refereed papers on a variety of sport psychology topics and given over 300 scientific presentations. Dr. Côté is regularly invited to present his work to both sport governing organizations and academic conferences throughout the world.

Early Specialization vs Multi-Sports

Dr. Martin Toms, a former Ontario Soccer Summit presenter, recently hosted a webinar on early specialization vs multi-sport approaches. 

Toms is a senior lecturer in Sport Science at the University of Birmingham in England and he has expertise in youth sport, developmental socialization and talent development from the angles of both practical coaching and applied social-psychology.

He has a vast amount of experience in youth coaching with a deep focus on early engagement but late specialization.  His presentation is engaging and informative on how coaches and parents can provide the best sporting environments for their children and players to succeed and continue competing well into adulthood. As a former youth and professional coach and current university lecturer, he has a wealth of knowledge and experiences that he draws upon to present his information to the audience.

Beyond Skill and Tactics: The Importance of Social-Emotional Development In Youth Soccer

The guiding principles of the Canadian Soccer Excel program is on “achieving technical perfection” by developing players across four areas of development: physical, technical/tactical, mental, and social/emotional. In this webinar, Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt focused on the social/emotional development of youth and highlights how proficiency in this area has a direct impact on player performance and retention.

Why Kids Quit Sports

A lot of things are changing in the youth soccer world, but one thing has remained sadly consistent: soccer loses 70 per cent of youth players by the age of 13.

John O'Sullivan, from the Changing the Game Project, believes that with just a simple refocus on a few core principles with regards to what children want, what coaches can give them, and how to engage and educate parents, we can reverse this trend and grow the beautiful game.

What is talent identification?

Athlete selection in soccer, and most competitive sports, invariably leads to discussions about talent. This webinar, with Dr. Joe Baker from York University, focused on the evidence for and against the notion of talent in sport.

Dr. Baker is a professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University and has been conducting research on high-performance athlete development for over 20 years. Recently, this work has focused on issues related to talent in sport.

He has published 8 books and over 200 research articles and book chapters. He has been an advisor for sport organizations around the world including a recent engagement working with the Football Association in the United Kingdom.

Blocked vs Random Practices

In this webinar, led by Billy Wilson, Manager of Player Development, will explore the gap that exists in sports-training environments between traditional coaching methodology and what science considers good practice.

The Ontario Soccer team will discuss what learning actually looks like, the misconceptions, and how we can develop training sessions that are player-centred.

Incorporating Physical Literacy in Grassroots Programming

Unfortunately less than 44% of Canadian children are considered Physically Literate. This has a devastating impact on our society and our sports programs. Join Ontario Soccer’s Billy Wilson, to explore how to can incorporate physical literacy and fundamental movement training into our Grassroots training environments

Let the Game be the Teacher - GAG Methodology

In this webinar, led by Dave Kelly, Regional Manager of Player Development, the webinar explores GAG Methodology.

Answering the following questions:

  • What is GAG Methodology?
  • Why is this GAG important for player development?
  • What do Canada Soccer National Staff Coaches want from the players we develop?
  • What are the benefits from this model?
  • How do we execute the model?


The retreat line has been introduced in the grassroots game over the past year to help develop a young player's ability to play out from the goalkeeper and keep possession as they build an attack. This teaching tool has also been used to help build confidence in players as they retain possession of the ball.

During the webinar the rationale behind the retreat line, the procedure and also training activities will be covered. This is designed to help coaches, players, parents, game leaders and match officials understand more about the retreat line.


The webinar on Inclusive Grassroots programs informs attendees on the application of the open roster and game day rosters and how clubs and coaches can use this tool to the young grassroots players advantage.

It will also explains the Ontario Soccer's direction on recreational and development soccer programs and the benefits that this will have in player development.


Designed for Club and District Technical Directors and coaches this exciting technical presentation will focus on the improvements that have been made in the game in both the competition model and in the practice environment that will allow our young, developing players to be more confident and comfortable in possession of the soccer ball. The programs that have been created and implemented in Ontario's player development program will be highlighted.


 This Player Development webinar, which features Carl Horton, the OSA's Regional Manager of Player Development is about the structure and implementation of the Player Development Model. Practical examples are shown to allow clubs and coaches to create practice environments that are player centred and will enhance coach education


This webinar has been created by John O'Sullivan, founder of the Changing the Game Project and a recent speaker at the OSA Soccer Development Conference. In this session, O'Sullivan speaks about how we can move towards creating a culture of engagement, instead of forcing specialization. A must for anyone in the business of youth development.


The webinar is designed to explain the reason behind each of the four matrices, outdoor, recreational and development and Indoor recreational and development. The indoor matrices are a relatively new addition and will be mandatory for indoor season 2015/16. The indoor matrices were developed to very closely follow the outdoor matrices putting young players in the best environment for their development. Each element of the matrices are explored and a full explanation on the rationale on implementation explained.


 This webinar, 4 Corner Holistic Development Model, is intended for Coaches and Technical Directors and will include techniques in a practice environment, how to implement the 4 corners at your club and build on the previous May 27 webinar.


This player development webinar explains the pilot program being delivered in DRSA and HDSA in summer 2016 where U-8 development program coaches or managers will rate the opposing programs parents, coaches and players on their behavior during each game. This monitoring program will recognize those teams who display exceptional game day behavior from all involved.

The webinar will help Coaches, Managers and parents understand the specifics of the program, the process and the benefits.

The webinar is being delivered by Ontario Soccer's Regional Manager of Player Development, Billy Wilson.


Having children compete and practice in the correct environment is crucial to their development as young people and soccer players. To assist our membership in supporting the players and ensuring they are in the right environment for their development a new resource has been created. The resource titled, Fast Tracking and Player Development, will help explain to Clubs, Coaches and parents when it’s best for young players to practice and compete with older children or when its best to continue to compete with children their own age. This new member’s resource is complete with the development stage specific evaluation forms that are required to be completed by club Technical Directors and signed by parents, the player and their District Association.

4 UP - 1 UP 

This webinar is explaining the pilot program for 2016 in EODSA, DRSA and HDSA. When a team is leading by 4 goals the opposing team have the option of adding a player to make the game more competitive and a better learning environment for all involved. This webinar will explain the program and process. Designed for Technical Directors, Coaches and Parents.


The webinar will help parents understand their role in grassroots soccer, and give tips and advice in making their child's soccer experience a fun and beneficial one.


Let Us Play is a pilot program for all Districts in 2016. When a team does not have a sufficient number of players to start a game, players can be borrowed from the opposition so that a game may take place. This webinar will explain the program and process. It is designed for Technical Directors, Coaches and Parents.