Not every club is an OPDL club. The OPDL is a standard based league and Clubs apply every two years, and have to meet specific standards (Technical, Financial, Facilities, and Operations) in order to be granted an OPDL license. The Pickering Football Club, is one of only 20 clubs in Ontario that have met these standards.
Players in the OPDL program are going to have different opportunities along their development pathway:
The Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) is the highest level of competition in Ontario for players U13 and up. Visit Ontario Soccer's OPDL pages for stats, standings, and more!
OPDL isn’t just a league. In fact, competition is a relatively small part of it. The league moves the focus from solely trying to win a trophy or avoid relegation, to developing players through a structured blend of high performance training and age appropriate play. In the OPDL, you’ll see mandatory heightened training with sport science and sport medicine components, complimenting regular weekly game play against other top players, from May to November.
The OPDL is not for everyone. As the Elite Pathway for players in Ontario, it requires a high level of commitment.
Why should your child consider the OPDL rather than other alternative development programs in Ontario?
Like other high quality development programs, there are costs associated with the delivery of the program. Costs are only slightly higher than a regular competitive program given all the components:
The average PFC cost per player, from January to November, is between $4000 to $4300** for the year, plus travel expenses (approximately $400).
** Can vary by team/age and is subject to change
Our club provides OPDL families with a monthly payment plan as well as the opportunity to reduce registration costs through a variety of fundraising programs designed to offset the cost.