Ontario Soccer announces nine new OPDL license holders for 2018

August 11, 2017

Ontario Soccer - Vaughan, ON – Ontario Soccer announced today that it has accepted nine new license holders for the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) that will commence training and competition in 2018.

The new OPDL organizations, which received recent approval by the Board of Directors of Ontario Soccer for the 2018-2019 development cycle, were on hand at the Ontario Soccer Centre to be formally introduced.

“Meeting the requirements to participate in a standards-based league, such as OPDL, is no small task and so I would like to congratulate the organizations who became league members here today,” said Johnny Misley, Ontario Soccer Executive Director. “These organizations were selected strategically, from around the province, to ensure Ontario Soccer continues to provide high performance opportunities for as many communities as possible."

The new OPDL license holders for 2018-2019 are:

  • Brampton Youth
  • Cambridge Youth SC
  • Cumberland SC
  • FC London Academy
  • Tecumseh SC
  • Toronto High Park FC
  • Waterloo Minor SC
  • Whitecaps London
  • Woodbridge SC

Ontario Soccer will now begin the work of bringing the license holders on board for the 2018 season. This on-boarding includes workshops for the new organizations on everything from technical aspects to marketing.

“The OPDL sets itself apart in the high-performance capacity by taking a holistic look at what an organization needs to do to perform in that space,” said Gary Miller, Technical Director. “Everything from coaching to match officials, from players to parents, is looked at for OPDL and best practices and guidance are given to our license holders.”

Visit the Ontario Soccer Livestream channel to watch today’s announcement.     

Visit TheOPDL.com for more information on OPDL.

About Ontario Soccer

Founded in 1901, Ontario Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization in Canada. Its members include more than 650 Clubs servicing over 24,000 teams with 380,000 registered players, 70,000 coaches and managers, and 10,000 match officials. Ontario Soccer develops and delivers exceptional and sustainable programs and services throughout Ontario with the mission of providing leadership and support for the advancement of soccer in collaboration and cooperation with our membership, partners and other stakeholders. Ontario Soccer also operates League1 Ontario, a provincial professional-amateur men’s and women’s league as well as the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL).

About Ontario Player Development League

Launched in 2014 with the 2001 age group, the OPDL is the province's standards-based, youth high performance league that combines top level competition with strict high performance training standards. The program today now operates at the U13-U17 age levels. This 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.

Media Contact

Ben Rycroft | Communications Manager | Ontario Soccer | brycroft@ontariosoccer.net | 905-264-9390 x 255