High Performance Player
The selection process for Canada's National Teams relies heavily on the Provincial Player Development Programs. Many National players are first identified representing their Provinces at the U15 and U16 National All-Star Championships conducted annually in July.
With Ontario representing 45.0% of Canada’s playing population, the Province has always had a very high representation of players on National Teams.
Provincial Teams development in Ontario begins at the U13 age category via the Regional Development Program.
Every September/October, the Regional U13 boys and girls teams compete at the Provincial Identification Camp. The best players from this event are selected to progress to the U14 Provincial Development Program.
The intent of this program is to fulfill the soccer aspirations of those young players who have ability and desire to play at a higher level.
It is important that parents and coaches are aware and understand the Ontario Soccer Development Structure.
- At U12, the District players are identified and brought into train with the District Staff as they prepare to compete each September/October at the District I.D. Tournament within their Region where they are scouted by the Regional Coaches.
- Via the District Program and or through recommendations from Club Head Coaches or Coaches who possess a minimum of a Provincial B-Licence, the Regional Coaches select and prepare Regional Squads to compete in the U14 Provincial I.D. Camp held every September/October at the Soccer Centre.
- Provincial Coaches and Scouts select, based on technical and tactical skill, the best prospects for inclusion in the U14 Provincial Development Program.
- Development Squads of approximately fifty girls and boys are selected for further screening with this number being reduced to approximately thirty in each group by the end of November.
- The final group of players report to the Soccer Centre on a regular basis for training with the U14 Program training four times weekly from October through to April end at which time the U14's return to the program of their choice.
- The U15 and U16 Programs also commence in October, and like the U14s, train four times weekly through to the end of April, after which they also return to the program of their choice. The players in these age groups are made up of players from the previous years Provincial Players Pool as well as players that are scouted by the Regional and Provincial Teams Coaches and also through follow-up to recommendations from Club Head Coaches or Coaches who possess a minimum of a Provincial B-Licence.
- Selected players from the U14 Programs conduct a week long training camp one week prior to the Regional All-Star Championships held in June/July.
- Selected players from the U15 and U16 Programs conduct a week long training camp one week prior to the National All-Star Championships held at the end of July.
- It is at the All-Star Championships that the Canadian National Coaches scout for players.