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What is Long Term Player Development (LTPD)?

Long-Term Player Development was introduced a few years ago by Canada Soccer (our governing body) as a new player-centred model of development for Canadian soccer players.  Its emphasis is on ensuring players have the best possible experience in soccer, aiming to keep them involved in the sport in some capacity for life.

LTPD brought with it many changes to the soccer landscape in Ontario.  Mooredale has implemented many changes to our soccer programs to fall in line with Long-Term Player Development matrices and guidelines.  Some changes include: reduced roster sizes, no longer keeping scores or standings for U12 age groups & below, providing coaches with more resources and training, increased emphasis on skill development and how to play the game, and a focus on small-sided games so players get more touches on the ball.

For more information on LTPD, please visit the below websites.  Ontario Soccer, Canada Soccer, and the Canadian Sport for Life organizations have put out some excellent resources that outline the entire model, summarize the research behind LTPD, and provide parents with explanations for each of the stages of development.

LTPD Resources: 

Canada Soccer LTPD Community Guide

Ontario Soccer Grassroots Matrices:

Ontario Soccer’s Guide to LTPD Changes

Canadian Sport for Life