Clarifying Some Misconceptions Around Long-Term Player Development (LTPD)

VAUGHAN, ON — While the LTPD initiative is a directive from Canadian Sport for Life and mandated by the Canadian Soccer Association, it is not something we are doing in Ontario because “we have to”.  It’s time that we change a system that needs to progress and evolve for the benefit of our youngsters in more »

OSA 2012 Soccer Conference Resounding Success

LTPD Workshops – Comments & Highlights VAUGHAN, ON — There was a lot of passion on display at this past weekend’s Soccer ’12 Conference hosted by The OSA in Mississauga. Attendance was higher than it has been in many years, an indication that Districts and Clubs across the province are eager to move our great more »

2012 OSA Soccer Conference & AGM Wrap-Up

Click for Photo Album OSA CTO Alex Chiet presents keynote address at the 2012 AGM TORONTO, ON — The Ontario Soccer Association’s 2012 Soccer Conference wound up Sunday noon after an intensive two and one-half days of Board Meetings, Workshops and the Annual General Meeting on Sunday morning. The main theme of this year`s conference centered more »

Newcomer Pursues Refereeing Dream In Canada

OTTAWA, ON — “Today is the happiest day of my 10 first months in Canada,” said Muhkles Al Fares as he sat for the first day of an entry level referee course organized by The Ontario Soccer Association’s (OSA) Soccer and Settlement project.   A second division referee for almost 10 years and a sports more »

London Olympics To Include Ontario Referees

Carol-Anne Chenard VAUGHAN, ON — The Ontario Soccer Association is thrilled to announce that the 2012 London Olympics Soccer Competition will include two Ontario Referees. Carol-Anne Chenard and Joe Fletcher have been appointed by FIFA to this event. The OSA Referee Department managed to connect with Joe and Carol-Anne recently to asked them a few more »

LTPD Update For Referees

VAUGHAN, ON — As we prepare for the 2012 outdoor season, I wanted to make contact with all of our referees to ensure you are aware of our plans—short and longer-term—with regard to our ongoing work around Long-Term Player Development (LTPD). We recognize that you, understandably, have a wide range of questions about where referees more »

2012 Annual Coaching Conference Success

VAUGHAN, ON — On February 26th, The OSA hosted its annual Coaching Conference in Vaughan. It’s a temptation to always say that the most recent such event was “the best ever”. Those on hand can make that determination for themselves. But it was, at the very least, a great day, with over 400 coaches from more »

LTPD — Parents’ Frequently Asked Questions

Click The OSA Discussion Forum for more information 1. What is LTPD? LTPD stands for Long-Term Player Development. It represents a philosophy that is much more focused on ensuring players who love soccer stay in the game for life and enjoy the experience. It further ensures that all players—recreational and the more talented, competitive players—are more »

OSA LTPD Emphasises Skills Over Winning

The following post reprinted from the Sportsnet Fan Fuel Blog reinforces the Ontario Soccer Association’s current approach to Long-Term Player Development (LTPD). BY MICHAEL GARDNER – FAN FUEL BLOGGER The Ontario Soccer Association has launched a plan to focus on development in this country. In it, they have borrowed from successful models around the world, more »

Draft Of Canadian Sport Policy 2.0 Released

OTTAWA, ON — The consultation and engagement process for the Canadian Sport Policy 2.0 has been extensive. Over the past year, a broad spectrum of Canadians and Canadian organizations interested in sport have shared their views through a series of consultations at the community, provincial and territorial and national levels, as well as through an more »