The Peterborough City Soccer Club provides a development environment and competitive playing opportunities for boys and girls aged 5 to 18. There are also Men’s and Women’s Under-21 and Senior teams. Younger players (U5 to U12) focus on developing physical literacy (agility, balance and coordination) while learning the fundamental soccer skills in our popular development program. The older players (U13 and up) hone their technical and tactical skills in the competitive program. Leagues for the older players include teams from Toronto, York, Durham and Peterborough districts. Leagues for younger players up to U12 cover a smaller geographic area. The playing season runs from mid-May to mid-September.
The primary objective of the club is player development, including technical and tactical skills as well as physical and psychological conditioning. Practice sessions in the fall (for older teams), winter (indoor), spring (outdoor) and summer are an integral part of the program. The recommended ratio of practices to games is 2:1 or higher.
Player development is the responsibility of the Technical Coaching Team comprising Director of Coaching Vic Waselenko along with 8 other Technical Team coaches. These are all paid professional positions, with several of the coaches having a national- or provincial-level coaching licence. Assisting them are approximately sixty volunteer team coaches and assistant coaches, all of whom must have OSA coaching certification.
In addition to their regular league and cup games, most teams play in three tournaments during the summer, one of which is the Peterborough Challenge held in June each year. The other two tournaments would likely be out of town.
The Peterborough City Soccer Academy provides an even higher level of training for players who demonstrate above average athleticism, skill and commitment to the game. The Academy program aims to prepare players who wish to play soccer at the provincial, national, college, university and professional levels.
Although the outdoor playing season runs from mid-May to mid-September, many divisions conduct indoor and outdoor training, development and conditioning sessions over a much longer period.
- Tryouts/Orientation: Last two weekends in September;
- Team Selections: First two weeks in October;
- Fall Futsal (October – December): U13 – U18 players;
- Winter Futsal (January – March): U8 – U12 players;
- Winter Training (January – March): U13 – U18 teams;
- Spring Training (April): U8 – U18 & senior teams;
- Summer Program (May – September): U9 – U18 & senior teams;
- Development Program (U5-U7 and U8): May – July;
- PCSA Academy: September – March.
Age Divisions – 2017
Age divisions are determined by the player’s age on December 31, 2016. The age divisions for 2017 are as follows:
|Division||Birth Year||LTPD Program*||Duration|
|U5||2012||FUNdamentals||May – July|
|U6||2011||FUNdamentals||May – July|
|U7||2010||FUNdamentals||May – July|
|U8||2009||FUNdamentals||January – July|
|U9||2008||Learning to Train||Jan – August|
|U10||2007||Learning to Train||Jan – August|
|U11||2006||Learning to Train||Jan – August|
|U12||2005||Learning to Train||Jan – August|
|U13||2004||Soccer For Life (Competitive)||Oct – Sept|
|U14||2003||Soccer For Life (Competitive)||Oct – Sept|
|U15||2002||Soccer For Life (Competitive)||Oct – Sept|
|U16||2001||Soccer For Life (Competitive)||Oct – Sept|
|U17||2000||Soccer For Life (Competitive)||Oct – Sept|
|U18||1999||Soccer For Life (Competitive)||Oct – Sept|
*LTPD is an acronym for Long Term Player Development, which is the OSA’s 7-stage mandatory program for delivery of age appropriate skills development and competition at the various stages of development for ages U4 to Adult. While the OSA provides a separate LTPD matrix for Recreational and Development programs, the PCSA follows the guidelines for the Development/Competitive stream.
Tryouts and Orientation
Selection of players for next year’s representative teams (U13 – U18) begins in September when open tryouts are held at Eastgate Park. There is no charge to attend tryouts and new players are always welcome. If you are interested in playing with the Club in the summer of 2017 you must attended the tryouts taking place on the weekends of September 17/18 and 24/25, 2016.
Players who wish to join our 2017 Development Program (U5 – U12) should attended the orientation sessions taking place on the same two weekends as the tryouts.
If you have any questions about the selection process you should contact the head coach of the team or the Director of Coaching.
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