The Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) is one of the province’s first standards-based, youth high-performance league that combines top level competition with strict high-performance training standards. This innovative and exciting 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. OPDL encompasses the U13 to U17 age categories, for both males and females.
OPDL represents young players’ early graduation to a genuine, high-performance training environment, targeting the top athletes in the province from age groups U13 to U17, constituting the highest level of competitive youth soccer in Ontario. OPDL operates more as a high-performance training program than merely a league. The program’s key objective is to foster the growth of players across the four key corners of player development.
The program emphasizes The Four Corner LTPD Model, consisting of:
Emphasizing a focus on improving individual skills such as ball control, passing, dribbling, shooting, and defending. Tactical understanding is another crucial aspect addressed in the program. Players are exposed to various game situations and strategies to enhance their decision-making abilities and overall game intelligence. Through drills and exercises, players learn about positioning, movement off the ball, team formations, and systems of play.
Creating engaging learning environments is crucial for developing future players. Coaches will adapt their coaching styles to meet individual needs and recognize diverse learning approaches. This will be implemented by using varied communication methods like visuals, auditory discussions, and physical demonstrations. Players will be encouraged to problem-solve, which will enhance decision-making skills.
Physical conditioning and athleticism receive significant attention as well. The program includes age-appropriate fitness training to enhance players’ speed, agility, strength, and endurance. This aspect is crucial for developing well-rounded athletes capable of performing at their best on the field.
Soccer offers children valuable life skills like cooperation, teamwork, communication, and friendship. To nurture social development, coaches should create a positive, welcoming environment and provide encouragement for learning. Tips for social development include praising effort, recognizing improvement, and being a positive role model with aligned values and behavior.
OPDL players are expected to participate in multiple training sessions per week, which provides them with ample opportunities to practice and refine their skills. Competitive matches play a vital role for all OPDL teams. Every team participates in a specific OPDL league, which offers high-level competition against other talented teams. These matches allow players to apply their skills in a competitive environment and learn valuable lessons through gameplay.
The coaching standards in the OPDL program are of utmost importance. All coaches are certified and possess the necessary qualifications and experience to guide players effectively. They are responsible for creating a positive and supportive learning environment that fosters the development and growth of each player.
2023/24 OPDL Tryout Information
U17 OPDL TRYOUTS
|Date||Day of Week||Time||Field|
|November 22, 2023||Wednesday||7:30PM-9:00PM||Pine Glen Indoor|
|November 23, 2023||Thursday||7:00PM-8:30PM||Milton Sports Dome|
|November 26, 2023||Sunday||8:00AM-9:30AM||Pine Glen Indoor|
*Dates/times subject to change. Please check the website for up-to-date information. Note that all tryouts are non-refundable.
Each registered player will receive a timeslot for all tryout dates. The designated timeslot will be emailed to all registered players which will include further tryout information.
In case of inclement weather, tryouts will be rescheduled. An email will be sent out informing registered participants should this be the case.
Registration is required for all players including existing players who wish to participate in the tryouts. This is to ensure adequate field time, staffing, and equipment for the volume of players expected. It will also enable OSC to send venue/time change information (should there be any) to all who have registered as participating.
Registration for each age group will close at noon prior to the first session. No walk-ons or late registrations will be permitted – no exceptions.
PLEASE NOTE – it is imperative that you check the email address in your online account at the time of registration. All communication will be sent to the email address associated with your registration account.
The program outline for this age group is available by clicking here.
Please note that all tryouts are non-refundable.
2023-24 Program Outlines
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