SFDSC and the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) – Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) Plan

SFDSC supports the CSA and their LTPD plan. Players will participate in age appropriate skills development, with a healthy balance made between practice time and game play. Coaches and parents/guardians are expected to support player development through an emphasis on fun and fitness, and to take care to protect the players’ long term interests. Young players will be provided the opportunity to develop strong physical and mental skills in a reasonably stress-free environment.


What is LTPD?

As defined on the OSA website:

“LTPD Is about putting the player first and offering age-appropriate opportunities for kids to enjoy the game of soccer. Making the game fun is key in teaching and coaching, so that players will continue in the game and may even coach or referee as they get older.”

To read more about how LTPD on the OSA website, go to this OSA link- How Soccer in Ontario is Changing


What does the CSA say about LTPD?

“Canada Soccer believes every player deserves the best possible soccer experience.

Whether they dream of playing for Canada’s National Team or simply want to have fun with their friends, taking the right approach to the game when children are young sets the stage for a lifetime of enjoyment.

The Canada Soccer Pathway provides a roadmap for players of all ages and aspirations who want to play soccer at the recreation, competitive or high performance EXCEL levels, with the aim of encouraging lifelong participation. The Pathway is built around the principles of Long-Term Player Development (LTPD).”

To read more about LTPD on the CSA website, go to this link – Long Term Player Development: A Community Guide