What is Long Term Player Development (LTPD)?


Long Term Player Development (LTPD) is mandated by the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), so the question is not whether we do this, but how. We must do it well to get it right so it benefits our young players and the future of soccer in Ontario.  We understand that change is often uncomfortable but this is the time to shift the landscape so the game, and our players, will be better off 10 years from now. This is one of the most important initiatives in our sport in many years. It will be crucial for the districts, clubs and coaches to get behind this and demonstrate their leadership and support.  

Without getting into all the science and research, LTPD is absolutely considered to be “best practice” by top soccer nations.  This is a turning point for soccer in Ontario and in Canada and we need everyone's support.

With the introduction and implementation of Long Term Player Development (LTPD) becoming a reality across Ontario, we want to provide all those interested with easy-to-access resources and the most up to date information possible.

What is the goal of Long Term Player Development?

You will notice when reviewing some of the available information, LTPD is not a new concept.  It is simply an approach to creating a great environment for developing young players to reach their full potential—a philosophy that has already long been in place in the best soccer nations in the world.

Our commitment is to make the game more fun than ever before for the recreational player and to provide better development opportunities than ever before for those with aspirations for a future in the sport.  LTPD is a key aspect of ensuring that will happen.

It will be an adjustment, and we recognize that.  It will take time and that is why we are implementing LTPD in a phased-in way across Ontario.  There will be challenges but those challenges can certainly be met.

In short, it’s about putting player-development first.  At the end of the day, that’s what everyone involved with our great sport wants.

We have been communicating regularly with our districts, clubs, coaches and parents in an effort to ensure as many people as possible are aware of the upcoming transition and what it will mean at the local level and in terms of competitive league structures in the future.