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Ontario Player Development League (OPDL)

Launched in 2014 with the 2001 age group, the OPDL is the province's first standards-based, youth high performance league that combines top level competition with strict high performance training standards. This exciting new 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. In 2015, OPDL will include the 2001 and 2002 age groups.

Focusing on stages 4 (Train-To-Train) and 5 (Train-To-Compete) of the LTPD pathway, OPDL represents young players' early graduation to a genuine high performance training environment, targeting only the top athletes in the province from age groups U13 to U23 with what will be the highest level of competitive youth soccer in Ontario. Unlike other leagues, OPDL operates more as a high performance training program than merely a league. 

In order to participate, clubs must apply for a license and meet strict criteria that show themselves to be worthy of training and developing the province's best. OPDL teams have a base level of training intensity and rigour akin to professional soccer environments that mean their players not only compete against the best, but train like the best. And importantly, teams are not promoted or relegated from the OPDL. Entry is decided on by the quality of the club, not the results on the field, allowing coaches to focus purely on developing their players.

The OSA will be launching the RFP process for new OPDL License Holders at an information session at the Soccer Centre in Vaughan on Thurs., Feb. 19 at 7 pm. Organizations interested in applying for licenses for the 2016 (U13) and 2017 (U13&14) seasons are encouraged to attend. RFP information and the evening's presentation will be made available on the OSA's website,, in the event that organizations are unable to attend the information session.

IS OPDL Right for You?

Coaches and Parents may have some questions about the Ontario Player Development League. 

What is the purpose of OPDL? Why is the OPDL right for your son or daughter? 

The OPDL Parent Handbook can help you understand the time, commitment and scope of the program so that you can make the right decision for your family. 

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