Soccer Academy Alliance Canada News
SAAC Philosophy Integral to new OSA Long Term Player Development Initiative
The Ontario Soccer Association held their AGM during their 2012 Soccer Conference (April 27-29) and announced plans for significant changes to their player development model in the next few years. The changes are part of a nationwide integration of Long Term Player Development (LTPD) by the Canadian Soccer Association.
The centerpiece of the OSA model is the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL), which will kick off in 2014. The philosophy and standards from this new league borrow heavily from the SAAC model, and OSA Technical staff were up front in the role played by SAAC in this initiative.
The LTPD Roadmap presented by OSA Chief Technical Officer Alex Chiet, Oakville SC Technical Director Jason deVos and Bryst FA President Gary Miller on Friday evening made a number of references to the importance of Academies being involved in the OPDL. As well, the OSA Technical Advisory group, of which these three are members, identified SAAC as the primary model on which its research into the development of OPDL was based.
Additional presentations given throughout the weekend (see http://ontariosoccer.net/LTPD/LTPDResources.aspx) provided additional details. SAAC members will be familiar with much of what is being presented, as it closely mirrors the structure that has been in place at SAAC for the past six years.
This is an exciting time for soccer in the province. With less than two years until the roll-out of the U13 (2001) division – which will be the first and only OPDL division in 2014 – Academies and clubs alike will be busy assessing their abilities to meet OPDL standards and positioning themselves for their role in the new development structure.
SAAC and its members are committed to working together to maintain an active role in this process by ensuring the vision and ideals of SAAC are maintained and built upon by the organizations that will lead Ontario in player development moving forward.