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The Vaughan Soccer Club Adheres to the OPDL Trial Guidelines

VSC OPDL Open Trials

· VSC will commit to supporting and promoting a responsible and progressive evaluation and assessment process for players.

· The VSC will respect that the OPDL does not support 'walk up' evaluation of players which means the player has not previously contacted VSC and made us aware of their intent to attend a trial.

· All interested players should contact the VSC technical director [opdl@vaughansoccer.com] or our OPDL club head coach to gain further information on the recognized process for that particular club.

· VSC has an online procedure for players to sign up for all trials so that a list of names can be generated to cross reference against the players that show up for the trial. Add link to form

· VSC , as required, will conduct open player trials between the period of October and the end of December.

· An open trial is open to any players who desire an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to participate within our OPDL club and is of the appropriate age for registration and gender for the team's designation.

· VSC, in our best efforts, will ensure that no more than 35 players be allowed at each open trial to provide for a more responsible evaluation process.

· VSC will allow a player the opportunity to attend a minimum of three open trials before a final decision is made on that player.

· A player may attend more than one open trial simultaneously with other OPDL clubs.

· After conducting open trials, VSC may extend an invitation-only trial during the period January through to March.

· A player may attend a different invitation-only trial once VSC have been informed in writing that the player wishes to terminate that trial.


Assessment Focus During a Trial

During a trial , VSC will evaluate a player using an LTPD-centred holistic approach (e.g., four-corner model) which would include:

a. Technique unopposed.

b. Tactically through exercises involving decision making and small-sided games.

c. Physically through small-sided games and/or 11-a-side play.

d. Mentally, socially and emotionally through player conduct, interaction with others players, work ethic, commitment and ability to meet the challenges within the game environment.


Under Age Player Guidelines

· The OSA and its Talented Pathway of LTPD support the philosophy of continually challenging its member players.

· Players potentially moving up an age group within OPDL must have the ability to blend in (technically, physically, mentally and socially/emotionally) with players of the intended age group, without undue risk of suffering injury.

· The selection of an underage player to the OPDL will be supported by the OSA if the player meets these guidelines.

· As per the OPDL guideline, the final selection of an underage player will be at the discretion of the VSC.

Notification of Players Not Selected

· As per the OPDL guideline, it is not required for VSC to provide verbal one-on-one feedback to players released from an open trial.

· Players released from a VSC invitation-only trial will be given verbal feedback (minimum 15 minutes with player and player's parents) as to why they were released.

· Once the season has started, VSC will not release OPDL players except in circumstances that are driven by and out of the control of the player's family (e.g., a move out of the province).

· A player that is released in this manner must receive a prorated refund.

Pickering Soccer Club Accepted into OPDL

19 Organizations to Take Part in 2014

VAUGHAN, ON (December 13, 2013) -- Pickering Soccer Club will be joining the Ontario Player Development League for its inaugural 2014 season. Initially not accepted by the Assessment and Selection Committee, the club initiated an appeal. At its recent December meeting the Ontario Soccer Association Board of Directors determined that it should be included in the league.

The addition of Pickering Soccer Club brings the number of license holders selected for a two-year period to 19. In 2014, teams will take to the pitch in the U13 age group. The OPDL will add the U14 age group in 2015, and will continue to add an age group in each successive year.

"At our most recent meeting, the OSA Board of Directors determined that, due to certain communication issues that arose during the selection process specifically relating to their club, we would support the Pickering Soccer Club application," OSA President Ron Smale said. "We are looking forward to their involvement in the league and upholding our commitment to developing elite players in Ontario." The OPDL members for the inaugural 2014 season are as follows:

Aurora Youth Soccer Club
Burlington Youth Soccer Club
Forest City London
Glen Shields Futbol Club
Hamilton United Elite Soccer Club
Kleinburg Nobleton Soccer Club
Markham Soccer Club
Nepean Hotspurs Soccer Club
North Toronto Soccer Club
Ottawa Fury Soccer Club
Ottawa South United Soccer Club
Pickering Soccer Club
Richmond Hill Soccer Club
Toronto FC Academy
Unionville Milliken Soccer Club
Vaughan Soccer Club
West Ottawa Soccer Club
Whitby Iroquois Soccer Club
Woodbridge Soccer Club

Player selection and training are ongoing. The OPDL competitive season kicks off in April 2014.

Stephanie J. Geosits
Director, Marketing & Communications

E: sgeosits@soccer.on.ca | Ph: 905 264 9390, x275 | C: 647 228 7667



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