Soccer is the largest participation sport in Canada and the world, providing healthy physical activity for players at all levels of ability. In June 2008, the Canadian Soccer Association launched their Long Term Player Plan (LTPD) “Wellness to World Cup”. The seven stage model follows the generic Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) model that has been adopted by numerous sports around the world to provide a comprehensive development foundation. Long Term Player Development (LTPD) is a program of soccer player development, training, competition, and recovery based on biological age (i.e. physical maturity) rather than chronological age. LTPD is,
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Under the Canadian Soccer Association’s leadership, LTPD can provide the framework for high quality programs at all stages that ensures enjoyable lifelong playing opportunities for players of all levels of ability, we well as development pathways for elite players who pursue excellence. The CSA’s Technical Department is striving to be at the leading edge of implementation of the LTPD and has modified the coaching development pathway to reflect the stages of development of the LTPD.
To find out more on the new coaching pathway as outlined by the OSA please follow this link: OSA - Be a Coach
The goal of North Toronto Soccer Club is to create a coach development infrastructure through an effective support mechanism. Our model is aimed at enhancing, expanding and professionalizing the growth of soccer in our community. This model will provide an incentive for players to stay in the game, as well as to stay in our program longer...
Over the past decades, the technical/tactical development of the majority of Canadian young players was left to volunteers, especially grassroots where parents have coached their own son/daughter. Our model is to employ competent and qualified Age Group Head Coaches to complement and develop volunteer coaches, whilst also developing players through an age appropriate periodization of training in line with the Canadian Soccer Association “Wellness to World Cup” Long Term Player Development model. It is important for everyone to understand that our players’ development program will never function effectively if we do not implement a coaching development program. This program will produce better players through a higher standard of coaching.
To achieve this goal, the Club will designate a Development Staff Coach as a useful and meaningful resource. This Staff will report to the Club Head Coach, and will oversee coaching standards in the competitive program. He will provide leadership and mentorship to Age Group Head Coaches who will in turn provide such a platform for their respective Team Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches to develop from. In co-operation with the Club Head Coach he will improve the competitive teams coaching abilities level (through coaching sessions, workshop, forums, etc...)