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Training to Compete – U17 Academy Team Program

This stage is in line with the Training to Compete stage of LTPD. Players at this stage approach training to refine techniques and work on specific team aspects. Training becomes an environment to improve as a unique team with the motivation to use all their years of training to win soccer games. 

FCD will continue to 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 U16-U17 Overview and Curriculum. 

FCD will operate 1 team is these age groups that will have an assigned staff coach. Male teams will compete in the OASL, while female teams will compete in the Ontario Women’s Soccer League (OWSL) U21 divisions. Evaluation of these players will be continuous with 2 written player evaluation per year, technical benchmark testing once per year and physical benchmark testing twice per year. Teams will operate 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.

With the addition of FC Oshawa Women’s League One in our Player Pathway, our female players in this stage will be provided opportunities to train with these players. These decisions will be based on their periodized calendar and ensuring an appropriate recovery is involved. 

At this stage the players will be fully engaged in our College Bound Program which is described later in our Technical Development Plan. This involves showcase events such

• Visitraleigh College Showcase
• EDP College Showcase
• FC Durham Girl’s College Bound Showcase
• Vaughan High Performance Showcase
• Wesley Clover Cup
• Crossroads of America College Showcase
• Umbro Top Rated College Showcase

Recent FC Durham Academy 2003G High-Performance HP 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.