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OPDL U13-U17

FC Durham Academy OPDL Teams train and play in line with the guidelines of the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL).  The OPDL is the highest level competition that is sanctioned by Ontario Soccer.

FC Durham Academy operates teams in both genders U13-U17 within the OPDL.

Starting at U15 our FC Durham Academy teams also begin their journey into our College Bound Program.

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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 OPDL 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