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Training to Train – U13 OPDL Program

This stage is in line with the Training to Train stage of LTPD. It is our goal that once the players enter this stage, they are fully prepared to transition to our 11v11 soccer introduction at U13.

Technical development is always a priority while introducing tactical development based on the playing philosophy, training methodology and game model. FCD will operate with a complete 4-corner holistic approach which focuses on technical/tactical, physical, mental and social/emotional areas of player development. Our curriculum and focus can be found in the U13-U14 Overview and Curriculum. 


The Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) is the highest level of competition in Ontario for  players U13 and up. 

OPDL isn’t just a league. In fact, competition is a relatively small part of it. The league moves the focus  from solely trying to win a trophy or avoid relegation, to developing players through a structured blend of high performance training and age appropriate play. In the OPDL, you’ll see mandatory heightened training with sport science and sport medicine components, complimenting regular weekly game play against other top players, from May to October.

The OPDL is not for everyone. As the Elite Pathway for players in Ontario, it requires a high level of commitment.

For Players:

  • A full time commitment to training and games.
  • A commitment to excellence and growth

For Parents:

  • Financial and time investment


Why should your child consider the OPDL rather than other alternative development programs in Ontario?

  • Highest level and best competition league in Ontario for U13 and up
  • A professional approach to soccer development based on specific standards
  • Highly qualified coaches accountable to coaching development standards and regular assessments by the league
  • Training based on a specific development curriculum set by the Canada Soccer and Ontario Soccer technical departments
  • Medical and Fitness support staff
  •  Indoor and outdoor turf facilities
  • Player’s development is monitored and evaluated through the year, based on specific Provincial and National standards
  • OPDL players are scouted regularly and provided with the opportunity to be selected for Provincial and National programs

Recent U13 Boys News

Joce Splitgerber signs with UNB Saint John

By Rich Hirst 06/28/2021, 1:15pm EDT

JUNE 28, 2021


Congratulations to FC Durham Academy (FCD) 2021 Graduate Joce Splitgerber on signing with University of New Brunswick Saint John!

We feel Joce has found a university that fit all her desires in a university environment and setting, which is exactly what this journey is about.

Rich Hirst our Girl's High-Performance Manager says "Joce came to FCD September 2019 and immediately impacted the group with her positivity, outgoing personality and communication level. She instantly became part of the FCD family and these traits are critical in the university culture. She is versatile and has spent time playing as a central forward and a right fullback over the past few years. Joce has a excellent ability to learn tactics, is physically strong and has the perfect mentality to excel at this level. We strongly believe that Joce will contribute to the Seawolves Program immediately and going forward."

Congratulations again to Joce and her family.

Joshua Quarless signs with Walsh University

By Tom Croft 05/10/2021, 4:45pm EDT

MAY 10, 2021


FC Durham Academy (FCD)  would like to congratulate 2021 Graduating  Mid Fielder Joshua Quarless on signing with Walsh University (Akron, Ohio).

Tom Croft our Boy's High-Performance Manger says "Joshua has been with FCD since day one.  Although quiet in nature he has made a big impact at FCD.  The Cavaliers are getting a very good Midfielder who can play in possession using his technical ability and will help out with a few goals over the season.  Josh  has a knack for scoring big goals.. Joshua will be studying Exercise Science at Walsh.  We look forward to helping Josh prepare for his future at Walsh University."

A big Thank You to Coach Howard  for all of his work with Josh over the years. Also we are very appreciative of Josh's Mom "Debra" for her support as Team Manager.

Congratulations to Joshua and his  family!

Evan Jerrett signs with Durham College

By Tom Croft 05/03/2021, 7:15pm EDT

MAY 3, 2021


FC Durham Academy (FCD) would like to congratulate 2021 Graduating 2003B Winger Evan Jerrett on his signing with the defending National Champions Durham College Lords.

Tom Croft our Boys High-Performance Manger says "Evan is dynamic forward, who has the ability to score and create chances for his teammates. The combination of speed and technical ability makes Evan a threat at all moments on the field. Evan is a player that has worked very hard in his time here at FCD. I am sure Evan will be a great addition to the Lords. We look forward to helping Evan prepare for his future at Durham College"

Congratulations to Evan and his  family!

Link to Durham College Announcement