Ontario Player Development League (OPDL U13 – U17)

Launched in 2014 with the 2001 age group, the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) is one of the province’s first standards-based, youth high performance league that combines top level competition with strict high-performance training standards. This innovative exciting youth high performance program is an important component of the overall movement to adopt the core principles of Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) across soccer at large in Ontario and Canada. OPDL encompasses the U13 to U17 age categories, for both males and females.

OPDL represents young players’ early graduation to a genuine high-performance training environment, targeting the top athletes in the province from age groups U13 to U17, constituting the highest level of competitive youth soccer in Ontario. OPDL operates more as a high-performance training program than merely a league.

Parental Commitment

As a parent of an emerging athlete, the commitment asked of you is in many ways as high as that of the player. In this journey through the Talented Pathway with your child, it is important that you are as committed to the process as your child is.

Here are some of the core commitments you are adhering to when you join an OPDL program:

  • A year-round soccer training program
  • Bringing your child to and from training at least 3 nights a week
  • Competition weekends from May to October
  • Significant travel to and from OPDL games

Player Commitment

– Commitment to the entire training program for the year (Jan-Dec). Any personalized training, injury prevention or injury management work. Any performance testing and/or evaluations performed by the License Holder.

– Attendance at all training sessions, with exceptions made for sickness or injury. All off-field sport science sessions, including nutrition and lifestyle counselling sessions, gym work and tactical/analysis sessions. All OPDL games, including pre/postseason exhibitions or tournaments.

– Adherence to The License Holder’s overall policies and codes of conduct, as well as the OPDL’s player code of conduct

– Mental Commitment: Focusing on training, not winning. Self-discipline required regarding proper nutrition, sport science, off-field training and lifestyle  management. Recovering from defeat, rejection or other developmental setbacks. Balancing school with athletic commitments.

Cost: Communicated by the program Director prior to the start of the season

What does the fee include:

– Club registration

– Field costs

– Coaching costs

– League entry costs

– Referee costs

– Uniform

– Pictures

– End of season banquet

Parents to provide:

– Soccer equipment

– Contributions to team tournaments and team events

Teams and Coaches:

OPDL Director – Jorden Feliciano – Jorden.feliciano@gmail.com

OPDL Administrator – Helen Azevedo – helen.azevedo@vaughansoccer.com

Boys

U13 OPDL – Head Coach – Orlando Rizzo – odr@rogers.com

Assistant Coach – Francesco Vescio – francescovesciowellness@gmail.com

U14 OPDL – Head Coach – Matt Stinson – matthewgstinson@hotmail.com

Assistant Coach – Siamac Kavinapour – siamac7909@live.com

U15 OPDL – Head Coach – Jorden Feliciano – jordenfeliciano@gmail.com

Assistant Coach – Matt Stinson – matthewgstinson@hotmail.com

U17 OPDL – Head Coach – Derek O’Keeffe – derekokeeffe7@hotmail.com

Assistant Coach – Jorden Feliciano –

Girls

U13 OPDL – Head Coach – Tina Cook – kristinalcook@gmail.com

Assistant coach – Amir Riazi – amir.riazi@hotmail.com

U14 OPDL – Head Coach – Tina Cook – kristinalcook@gmail.com

Assistant Coach – Carolyn McCaughley – camcc1968@hotmail.com

U15 OPDL – Head Coach – Siamac Kavianpour – siamac7909@live.com

Assistant Coach – Carolyn McCaughley

U17 OPDL – Head Coach – Amir Riazi – amir.riazi@hotmail.com

Assistant Coach – Orlando Rizzo – odr@rogers.com

Goalkeeping Staff

GK Coach – Paolo Ceccerelli – paolo.ceccarelli@vaughansoccer.com

GK Coach – Domenica Ientile – dommer55@hotmail.com

Strength and Conditioning Coach – Francesco Vescio – francescovesciowellness@gmail.com

Tryout info:

Please contact the Head Coach of your respective age group for more information

*Please refer to the trial guidelines from Ontario Soccer (external link) https://www.opdl.ca/trials-guideline