The Canadian Soccer Association’s Long Term Player Development Plan was revamped in 2014. The model follows the principles of athlete development as laid out in the generic model Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD). The seven stage model provides a framework for development that ensures enjoyable lifelong playing opportunities for players at all levels of ability, as well as development pathways for elite players who pursue excellence. The backbone of this model is the development of physical literacy as a foundation for lifelong participation and development of excellence.

View a copy of the Canada Soccer Pathway LTPD Guide: CanadaSoccerPathway_LTPDCommunityGuide_EN_20140603



In 2014, Canada Soccer also unveiled its Women’s EXCEL Program, designed to ensure more of Canada’s exceptional young players find their way into the best competitive environments, so that our Women’s National Team is provided with a steady stream of players meeting high standards on the world stage.

To view the Women’s EXCEL Program guide for players and parents: CanadaSoccerPathway_WomensEXCELProgram_Guide_20140603