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Talented Pathway


The 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 avenue within the Talented Pathway model for players to be detected into future Provincial Screening Competitions which can then lead to Provincial Team opportunities. For those players who are not competing within the OPDL, they may enter into the Player Talented Pathway via Talent on Location Days by following the Player Recommendation Process outlined below.

It is also recommended that players, coaches, parents and guardians familiarize themselves with Information Bulletin I2017-028.

Update on Player Recommendation Process for 2020

Ontario Soccer, in consultation with Canada Soccer and public health authorities have been monitoring the most recent developments of COVID-19 and are currently assessing operations (postponements and cancellations) on a month-to-month basis as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold.

As such, Ontario Soccer has made the following cancellations for the High Performance Program.

2020 Player Recommendation Process


Original Date



Player Recommendation Window


May 4, 2020




Greater North Talent on Location (Thunder Bay and Sudbury)


July 4 - 5, 2020




Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Talent on Location (Vaughan)


July 11 – 12, 2020 and August 15 – 16, 2020




Further details on the dates and recommendation windows for the 2021 Greater North and Greater Toronto Area Talent on Location Day Events will be announced in the first quarter of 2021.

Dates for Provincial Screening Competition will also be announced in the first quarter of 2021.

The Greater North and Northwest Talent on Location player recommendations will continue to be submitted into Ontario Soccer’s Greater North (Brian Ashton) and Northwest (Giovanni Petraglia) Technical Leads, when sanctioned activities return.  

Player recommendations will be reviewed by Ontario Soccer’s High Performance team and Greater North and Northwest technical leads.

When sanctioned activities are reinstated, selected North and Northwest players will be integrated into the Greater Toronto Area Talent on Location.

The GTA Talent on Location Days will take place at the Ontario Soccer Centre, (7601 Martingrove Road, Vaughan L4L 9E4) on the full size indoor or outdoor turf field.