Ontario Soccer announces 2019 provincial team selections
Ontario Soccer – Team Ontario will take on the provincial squads from Quebec on April 26-28
April 9, 2019
Vaughan, ON – Ontario Soccer has announced the 2019 rosters for the provincial teams.
The U-14, U-15 and U-16 teams, for both the boys and girls groups, will represent their province as Team Ontario, when they take on the provincial squads from Quebec April 26-28 at the Centre Sportif Rosanne-Laflamme in Saint-Hubert Quebec.
“This is an annual benchmark for our Ontario players to measure themselves against some of the best competition in the country,” said Gary Miller, Ontario Soccer Director of Soccer Operations. “This competition is an opportunity to see players before they progress to higher levels of the game and proudly represent their Club or Academy and Ontario.”
The Ontario provincial teams will play squads from Quebec, three times over the three days, offering them the opportunity to play against top-level competition in a high-performance environment.
The Inter-Provincial Competition includes Canada Soccer Excel Technical Staff on hand to scout players for potential invites to the Canada Soccer National Excel program. In addition, scouts from Toronto FC, Canadian and North American universities will be in attendance.
“Even in this condensed competition format, this weekend offers a good gauge of how well Ontario Clubs and Academies are developing players,” said Bryan Rosenfeld, Senior Manager of High Performance. “These types of competitions set them up well for the next stage of their development and their careers.”
The Provincial program is available to all Ontario Soccer registered players who are competing at either an U14, U15 or U16 age group.
The Ontario Provincial Development League (OPDL) is the primary venue in which potential Provincial Team Players are detected.
About Ontario Soccer
Founded in 1901, Ontario Soccer is comprised of more than 650 Clubs and Private Academies servicing over 24,000 teams with 380,000 registered players, 70,000 coaches and managers, and 10,000 match officials, as well as countless volunteers, parents and supporters comprising a direct, multi-cultural community of over 1,000,000 Ontarians.
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 the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) – the province’s premier standards based youth development program and proudly supports Canada Soccer’s National Teams, the Canadian Premier League and Toronto FC.
An overall goal of Ontario Soccer is to assist with the development of soccer as a healthy lifestyle choice, provide a talented pathway for players to excel and encourage community involvement at all levels.
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