Player Development                   

Scientific research has concluded that it takes eight-to-twelve years of training for a talented player/athlete to reach elite levels. This is called the ten-year or 10,000 hour rule, which translates to slightly more than three hours of practice daily for ten years (Ericsson, et al., 1993; Ericsson and Charness, 1994, Bloom, 1985; Salmela et al., 1998).

A specific and well-planned practice, training, competition and recovery regime will ensure optimum development throughout an athlete’s career. Ultimately, sustained success comes from training and performing well over the long-term rather than winning in the short-term. There is no short cut to success in athletic preparation. Overemphasizing competition in the early phases of training will always cause shortcomings in athletic abilities later in an athlete’s career.

Given this and following the model set out by the Ontario Soccer Association (click here for more information) we have developed a Program following two primary stages of Active Start and FUNdevelopment prior to players continuing the recreational or competitive path. A bridge between both paths is maintained through-out a player’s time with North Toronto Soccer given the development of young people at varying rates. 

For further details regarding each Program please follow the links below:                

Active Start Program: players born in 2010, 2011 & 2012

FUNdevelopment Program: players born in 2008 & 2009

Recreational Development League: player born in 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007

Youth Recreational League: players born in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 & 2003

Senior Recreational League: players born between 1985 & 1997

North Toronto Soccer Competitive Program