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OPDL

General Information

  • The league runs from May to November for a total of 20 games
  • East and West Divisions / Home and Away Competition
  • Games are played on the week-ends / Most long weekends are off
  • 2 week break in the summer

The OPDL License

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.

Opportunities

Players in the OPDL program are going to have different opportunities along their development pathway:

Provincial/National Program Identification
  • Starting on their first year players could be identified by OS scouts and selected to be part of the Provincial and National Program stream at U14
Toronto FC
  • Scouts from our professional franchise in Ontario, Toronto FC, use the OPDL League as a way to monitor and eventually select players with professional potential.
League1 Ontario
  • The Pickering Football Club, as a full service club to the community, has also obtained the license to operate teams of both genders in League1.
  • Going forward this can be a great opportunity for Pickering OPDL player to be called up to train and play with our semi pro– teams.
University Scholarship US /Canada
  • It is well known that coaches in the US love Canadian players. The OPDL training regimen is a guarantee to these coaches that players selected from the OPDL program will be ready to face the training expectations that University level soccer demands
  • As a part of our program, we will provide our players with opportunities to be showcased and get a scholarship
  • OPDL players will be provided with opportunities to be showcased for the purpose of University or Collage scholarships

What is OPDL

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.

For Players:

  • A full time commitment to training and games.
  • A commitment to excellence and growth

For Parents:

  • Financial and time investment

Why should my child play OPDL?

Why should your child consider the OPDL rather than other alternative development programs in Ontario?

  • Highest level and best competition league in Ontario for U13 and up
  • A professional approach to soccer development based on specific standards
  • Highly qualified coaches accountable to coaching development standards and regular assessments by the league
  • Training based on a specific development curriculum set by the Canada Soccer and Ontario Soccer technical departments
  • Medical and Fitness support staff
  •  Indoor and outdoor turf facilities
  • Player’s development is monitored and evaluated through the year, based on specific Provincial and National standards
  • OPDL players are scouted regularly and provided with the opportunity to be selected for Provincial and National programs

Training

  • From January to April players train indoor at the Pickering Soccer Centre
  • Each age group has a specific curriculum for coaches to follow
  • Strikers, Defenders, Midfielders school is a component in the winter
  • Player’s assessment (done 3 times per year)
  • The Head Coach of each team must have a National B as their minimum accreditation
  • Each team has a designated Fitness Trainer and Sport Medicine provider

Travel

  • As a provincial league, there is an expectation of travel
  • Teams will play the ‘home and away’ format with much less travel, more local play.

Costs / Payment Plan

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:

  • 20 league games
  • Professional coaches
  • 3-4 weekly training sessions
  • Quality facilities, sport medicine, fitness trainers

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.