Toronto Soccer Association

Talented Pathway



The OSA Talented Pathway was created to provide opportunities for thetop players in the province to develop and advance. The basis for theprogram is the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) launched in 2014at the U13 level. In each successive year, OPDL will add an age group.The licensing cycle for organizations wishing to operate an OPDL programis 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.

Provincial Program

Older players (2000 and up) remain within the OSA's ProvincialProgram. The former Provincial Program for players born in 2000 andolder will phase out by the 2016 season.

Player Recommendation Process - Under 13

The OSA has laid out player recommendation procedures for 2015 andprovided assessment tools for ORNCA technical directors and districttechnical directors who do not have OPDL representation within theirassociation. This is being done so that all U13 players within Ontariowill be measured against the same criteria with benchmarks to ensuretransparency, consistency and a systematic approach to individual playerdetection and identification. This approach is intrinsically linked tothe Talented Pathway for players born in 2002 and younger. Clubtechnical directors or technical leads are encouraged to connect withtheir respective district association regarding the talented pathwayrecommendation process.

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 isregistered within an OSA Club and District that DOES NOT have OPDLrepresentation. Players within those Clubs and Districts are encouragedto become an OPDL Player. OPDL is the main venue for players to bedetected 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:

  1. District Technical Director or Technical Lead (from Districts that do not have OPDL representation)
  2. OSA-Recognized Non-Club Academies (ORNCA) Technical Director or Owner

Club technical directors or technical leads are encouraged to connectwith their respective district association regarding the talentedpathway recommendation process. Recommendations from non-qualifiedindividuals will not be accepted.

How can a player be recommended?

Each qualified recommending individual must follow the process as outlined below:

Action #1

Download the following documents

  1. Technical Benchmark Exercises
  2. Technical Benchmark Data Sheet
  3. Provincial Talent Identification – Recommendation

Action #2

Facilitate a training session according to the Technical Benchmark Exercisesand have recommended players perform the various tasks, in order togather performance data from each recommended player (districtcoordinated and or club coordinated).

Action #3

Capture all necessary player performance data on the Technical Benchmark Data Sheet for all recommended players (including Goalkeepers).

Action #4

Complete the Provincial Talent Identification – Recommendationform accurately according to the instructions provided on the sheet.From the data collected only those players who are being recommended areto be included on the ‘Contact information’ page. Incompleterecommendations will not be accepted.

Action #5

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: tprecommendation@soccer.on.ca

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 beassessed according to OSA Talented Pathway standards. Players that meetthe OSA benchmark will be contacted via email and invited to participatein a “Talent on Location Day” event scheduled for October 4, 2015. TheOSA Talented Pathway staff will evaluate the individual skill set ofeach successfully recommended player. Players that are detectedthroughout this event will receive an invite for the “ProvincialScreening Competition” event scheduled for November 21/22, 2015. Moredetails regarding the November event will be provided directly to thesuccessfully detected candidates.

Players that do not meet the benchmark upon recommendation andplayers that have not been identified in the October 2015 ‘Talent onLocation Day’ event, will be encouraged to work on their current skillset 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.