The OSA Talented Pathway was created to provide opportunities for the
top players in the province to develop and advance. The basis for the
program is the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) launched in 2014
at the U13 level. In each successive year, OPDL will add an age group.
The licensing cycle for organizations wishing to operate an OPDL program
is every two years.
Talent On Location Days
For non-OPDL and ORNCA players, there are periodic opportunities to be invited to Provincial Talent Identification Days.
Older players (2000 and up) remain within the OSA's Provincial
Program. The former Provincial Program for players born in 2000 and
older will phase out by the 2016 season.
Player Recommendation Process - Under 13
The OSA has laid out player recommendation procedures for 2015 and
provided assessment tools for ORNCA technical directors and district
technical directors who do not have OPDL representation within their
association. This is being done so that all U13 players within Ontario
will be measured against the same criteria with benchmarks to ensure
transparency, consistency and a systematic approach to individual player
detection and identification. This approach is intrinsically linked to
the Talented Pathway for players born in 2002 and younger. Club
technical directors or technical leads are encouraged to connect with
their respective district association regarding the talented pathway
What players can be recommended?
Any U-13 player who is an OSA-Recognized Non-Club Academies (ORNCA)
registered player or any player who is an OSA registered player who is
registered within an OSA Club and District that DOES NOT have OPDL
representation. Players within those Clubs and Districts are encouraged
to become an OPDL Player. OPDL is the main venue for players to be
detected to be included in future Provincial Projects.
Who can recommend a talented player?
Qualified recommending individuals must be active members of the Ontario Soccer Association and include:
- District Technical Director or Technical Lead (from Districts that do not have OPDL representation)
- OSA-Recognized Non-Club Academies (ORNCA) Technical Director or Owner
Club technical directors or technical leads are encouraged to connect
with their respective district association regarding the talented
pathway recommendation process. Recommendations from non-qualified
individuals will not be accepted.
How can a player be recommended?
Each qualified recommending individual must follow the process as outlined below:
Download the following documents
- Technical Benchmark Exercises
- Technical Benchmark Data Sheet
- Provincial Talent Identification – Recommendation
Facilitate a training session according to the Technical Benchmark Exercises
and have recommended players perform the various tasks, in order to
gather performance data from each recommended player (district
coordinated and or club coordinated).
Capture all necessary player performance data on the Technical Benchmark Data Sheet for all recommended players (including Goalkeepers).
Complete the Provincial Talent Identification – Recommendation
form accurately according to the instructions provided on the sheet.
From the data collected only those players who are being recommended are
to be included on the ‘Contact information’ page. Incomplete
recommendations will not be accepted.
Send the electronic version (no hard copy) of both the Technical Benchmark Data Sheet and the Provincial Talent Identification – Recommendation to the following email-address: firstname.lastname@example.org
When can a player be recommended?
The deadline for player recommendations is Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. Late recommendations will not be accepted.
What happens after submitting the player recommendation?
All successfully submitted talented player recommendations will be
assessed according to OSA Talented Pathway standards. Players that meet
the OSA benchmark will be contacted via email and invited to participate
in a “Talent on Location Day” event scheduled for October 4, 2015. The
OSA Talented Pathway staff will evaluate the individual skill set of
each successfully recommended player. Players that are detected
throughout this event will receive an invite for the “Provincial
Screening Competition” event scheduled for November 21/22, 2015. More
details regarding the November event will be provided directly to the
successfully detected candidates.
Players that do not meet the benchmark upon recommendation and
players that have not been identified in the October 2015 ‘Talent on
Location Day’ event, will be encouraged to work on their current skill
set in order to improve their performance.
What happens if a player was not able to attend a ‘Talent on Location Day’ event?
This option is the only one for a player to follow in order to be considered for provincial talent identification purposes.