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.
The Ontario Soccer High Performance Program has released the on line player recommendation process for the Membership Clubs and Academy’s Technical Staff.
This is being done so that players within Ontario who are currently or have never competed within the Ontario Provincial Development League (OPDL) will have the opportunity to be recommended by a certified and qualified Membership Club or Academy Head Coach or Technical Director.
In order to be considered to be a qualified and certified coach, the coach must have a minimum of a Provincial B Licence / Canadian National B Licence Part 1 Certified Status or a foreign equivalency. Submissions from non-qualified and certified coaches (i.e. Canadian National B Licence Part 1 Trained) will not be considered.
Before beginning the process, it is highly recommended the coach, player and parent read and understand the information bulletin on the Recommendation Process: I2017-028.
As this is an on line process, the recommending coach can select the link below to complete the required information and documentation for whom they wish to recommend:
The 2019 player recommendation process has yet to be finalized but opened June 10, 2019. The information below provides target dates for 2019 as the process will likely remain the same with the focus being on players born in 2006, 2005 and 2004. Please check back often to this webpage for up-to-date information.
The recommending coach will then complete the Coach Information page and provide their NCCP number and their Ontario Soccer registration number for to verify their coaching certification level and certification status. If no NCCP number (i.e. foreign license) 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 10 minutes of Provincial Teams’ game film.
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 date of birth
Player’s Ontario Soccer number
Player’s email(s) contact
The recommending coach is to submit the completed on line package by or before the closing date of July 2, 2019 at 5:00pm
The Ontario Soccer High Performance Program will review the player recommendation packages and assess if the player should receive an invite. Player recommendation packages submitted using the on line process will be the only ones that will be reviewed. Incomplete or inaccurate packages will not be considered for review.
The 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 the players is yet to be confirmed; however, the confirmed dates are as follows:
July 20 & 21, 2019
July 27 & 28, 2019
The email to the invited players will contain additional details (i.e. report time) and any other paperwork that will need to be completed prior to the event. This paperwork will be submitted by the player at the event.
The 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.
If you have any questions or challenges regarding the submission process, please contact Matt Ferreira.
For all other questions please contact Bryan Rosenfeld.