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