The 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. The OPDL is the primary avenue within the Talented Pathway model for players to be detected into future Provincial Screening Competitions which can then lead to Provincial Team opportunities. For those players who are not competing within the OPDL, they may enter into the Player Talented Pathway via Talent on Location Days by following the Player Recommendation Process outlined below.
It is also recommended that players, coaches, parents and guardians familiarize themselves with Information Bulletin I2017-028.
Talent On Location Days
For non-OPDL and ORNCA players, there are periodic opportunities to be invited to Provincial Talent Identification Days.
Player Recommendation Process - Under 13
Ontario Soccer has updated the player recommendation procedures- details can be found here: https://www.ontariosoccer.net/player-talented-pathway.