The solution? Perhaps it is time to consider two separate development streams in Canadian soccer – recreational (which would encompass the vast majority of registrants who play the game) and high performance (which would focus on providing a professional development environment for the small percentage of players and coaches who take the game seriously.)
LTPD is not about the removal of competition from youth soccer, nor is it about the abolition of winning and losing below the age of 12. It is about giving more kids the opportunity to learn and master the fundamentals required for lifelong enjoyment and success in the game of soccer.
Education will happen through consistent messaging from the governing bodies of the game in Canada along with awareness campaigns that reach the grassroots soccer community.
Change needs to happen at the grassroots level now, or Canada’s international fortunes will be forever reliant on individuals fighting their way through a broken development system.
The government of British Columbia will help complete a world-class soccer development centre in Vancouver that will serve to promote sport and physical activity as a foundation for strong families in the province,
The Montreal Impact U16 and U18 teams are set to make history as they open their inaugural seasons in the prestigious U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
Ontario teams capture three of four titles at 2012 All Stars.
This weekend marks the beginning of the 2012 Ontario Cup with the first Preliminary Rounds set for action.
LTPD means a genuine emphasis at the early ages on individual skill development, and moving away from focusing on scores and winning and losing in those early years.