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Training to Train – U14 Academy Team 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. 

FCD will operate 1 team per age group that will have an assigned staff coach. These teams will compete in the OASL, as well as selected travel events. Annually, FCD attends the Canada Cup hosted by Ottawa South United and the Umbro Super Cup at
these ages. Evaluation of these players will be continuous with 2 written player evaluations per year, technical benchmark testing once per year and physical benchmark testing twice per year. Teams will operate under a 44-week calendar with a 3:1 training to game ratio. A physical training plan will be implemented and periodized based on the physical phases of development required. Classroom sessions throughout the winter will be utilized to assist with the development of tactical, mental, social and emotional focus areas. 

It is our objective to operate U13 in 2020 within the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) and adding U14 in 2021, driving the standards for these age groups to the next level. Our current planning is 90% similar to the requirements and guidelines of the OPDL. Therefore, changes in the program would occur for the following:
• Playing philosophy to fully align with OPDL
• Training methodologies to fully align with OPDL
• Game model to fully align with OPDL
• Yearly Training Plan to fully align with OPDL calendar
• Curriculum to fully align with OPDL player rubric, playing philosophy, training methodologies and game model
• Sport Science Plan to fully align with the OPDL guidelines
• Training to game ratio would remain at 3:1, with our strength and conditioning training as the 4th session per week
• Physical Benchmark Testing to fully align with OPDL requirements
• Player evaluation plan will add 1 verbal assessment to the existing 2 written evaluations and areas of the evaluation in line with the OPDL player rubric 

Trail approach to fully comply with OPDL guidelines

Recent FC Durham Academy 2006B News

Liam Vivian commits to Louisiana State U Shreveport

By Tom Croft 05/11/2020, 3:15pm EDT

May 11, 2020


Congratulations to FC Durham Academy (FCD) 2020 graduating Fullback Liam Vivian on his commitment to Louisiana State University Shreveport (LSUS) starting this fall!

Tom Croft our Boy's High Performance Manager says "Although only with us for a short time ( 2yrs) Liam has made a big impact on our FCD Boy's program. Liam came in and started right away as the right fullback on our 2002 Boys team. Helping them win the OASL League Championship and The Robbie Championship  Liam's work rate up and down the wing is second to none. Always willing to go forward to help our attack he is equally prepared to get back and do his main job as a defender.  Liam's technical ability and his big engine will help him to be a great addition to the already successful Men's Soccer program at LSUS."

Big Thank you to Coach Howard for his work with Liam and the 2002 Boys.

FCD wishes Liam all the best.

Congratulations to Liam and his family!

Owen Silcock commits to Florida Gulf Coast University

By Tom Croft 05/11/2020, 2:45pm EDT

May 11, 2020


Congratulations to FC Durham Academy (FCD) 2020 graduating Midfielder Owen Silcock on his commitment to Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) starting this fall!

Owen will be joining fellow FCD Alumni O'Vante Mullings and Darius Kerr-Cooper at FGCU.

Tom Croft our Boy's High Performance Manager says "Owen has been with FCD for 5 years and over this time he has worked to improve his game with hard work and dedication. Owen is the quiet leader of our Senior Boy's program. Always in the right place always making the right decision.  Coach Cormier is getting a good one.  Owen is just as accomplished in the classroom holding a 4.0 GPA. Owen has been a pleasure to work with at FCD. Always prepared to do his best."

Big Thank you to Coach Dario who has worked with Owen for the last 4 yrs.

Congratulations to Owen and his family!

Kennedy McKenzie signs with U of Saint Katherine

By Rich Hirst 05/06/2020, 5:15pm EDT

May 6, 2020


Congratulations to FC Durham Academy (FCD) 2020 Graduate Kennedy McKenzie on signing with

University of Saint Katherine (USK) in San Marcos, California.

Rich Hirst our Girl's High Performance Manager says "Kennedy has been with FCD for a few years now and has developed a high level of mental toughness that contributed to her ability to keep pushing forward to achieve this goal of playing university level soccer. She has been consistently developing and taking each step forward with an open mind, understanding and patience. Her pace out wide will allow her to immediately contribute at USK. We are excited to see Kennedy reach this positive target and look forward to following her university career down in California!"

Congratulations to Kennedy and her family.