Long Term Player Development

Long Term Player Development, also known as LTPD, is the Canadian Soccer Association model designed to optimize excellence and lifelong wellness through soccer. It consists of seven stages: Active Start, FUNdamentals, Learning To Train, Training To Train, Training To Compete, Training To Win and both Soccer For Life (Competitive) and Soccer For Life (Recreational).

“LTPD Is about putting the player first and offering age-appropriate opportunities for kids to enjoy the game of soccer. Making the game fun is key in teaching and coaching, so that players will continue in the game and may even coach or referee as they get older.” (OSA)

Grassroots Soccer

The Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) is in the final stages of implementing its Long Term Player Development (LTPD) platform for players in the U12 and younger age divisions. The goal of Grassroots Soccer (formerly called mini-soccer) is to provide the best learning environment for these young players to master fundamental soccer skills while having fun, rather than emphasizing winning at all costs. In the past, the competitive league structures rewarded game winners, often at the expense of player development. Since 2014, game results and league standings for U12 and younger teams have no bearing on where the team will play in the following year, allowing the club and the coaches to focus on player development rather than on winning games. In the end, the only winners will be the players themselves.

The Peterborough City Soccer Association has implemented the Grassroots coaching model for U12 and younger players. Our winter futsal at the Spiplex, spring training at the Spiplex and on Fleming outdoor turf, the Saturday morning development sessions at Eastgate in the summer, our U5/U6/U7 Development Program and our Girls and Boys Festivals in June are essential elements of our Grassroots program. Our Technical Coaching team and our volunteer team coaches are well versed in the principles of Grassroots soccer and we are looking forward to seeing the benefits of the program in the coming years.

“Small-sided games are extremely beneficial for young children. Youngsters derive greater pleasure from playing football in smaller teams and with adapted rules. As well as getting involved in the game more often, players learn more quickly and take more decisions during the course of a match. And as the ball is never far away, greater concentration is required on their part.” (FIFA)

What is Grassroots Soccer? (OSA Pamphlet)

OSA Grassroots Video

The OSA has produced a video that can help coaches and parents to better understand the rationale behind Long Term Player Development and the drive to better equip our young players to enjoy playing soccer. Bobby Lennox, OSA Manager of Grassroots Development said, “I encourage all coaches and parents to take a look at the video and to talk about it with their children and players.”

Helpful Links

Grassroots – Football for Everyone (FIFA)Click here
Grassroots Resources from Ontario SoccerClick here
LTPD Development Matrix (U8 – U12)Click here
LTPD Recreation Matrix (U4 – U12)Click here
FIFA 11+ Warmup and Injury Prevention ProgramClick here
Want To Coach?Click here
OSA Parent BrochureClick here
Ever wonder what they love about soccer? (video)Players Speak Out

LTPD Development Matrix for Ages U8 – U12

The LTPD Development Matrix is a matrix of principles that govern competition provided at the District Development level for Under-8 to Under-12 players through the FUNdamentals (Under-8 Festivals only) and Learning To Train (Under-9 to Under-12 Festivals and Leagues) stages of Long Term Player Development.

(See below for U6 – U7 matrix)

U8 – U12 DEVELOPMENT MATRIX for 2014 and beyond

Stage

FUNdamentals

Learning to Train

**NO SCORES ARE RECORDED AS THERE IS NO PROMOTION OR RELEGATION**

Age Group

U8

U9 and U10

U11 and U12

Playing format

5v5 (with GK) or 4v4 (no GK)

7v7 (including GK)

9v9 (including GK)

Coaching Requirement

Fundamentals + MED and RiS

Learning to Train + MED and RiS

Learning to Train + MED and RiS

Squad Size (Game day only)

Max 10 (5v5)

Ideal 9 / Max 12

Ideal 12 / Max 16

Substitutions

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Training to playing ratio

2:1 or 3:1

2:1 or 3:1

2:1 or 3:1

Max competition days per outdoor season

20

20

20

Number of competition days per week

1

1

1

Memorable Events
(travel exemption)

N/A

N/A

U11: 2 events
U12: 2 events

Recommended Practice Time

30 – 45 minutes

45 – 70 minutes

45 – 70 minutes

Recommended playing time

Fair time in all positions

Fair time in all positions

Fair time in all positions

Maximum game duration

40 minutes

50 minutes

70 minutes

Playing time per player per festival

Max 60 minutes playing time

Max 80 minutes playing time

Max 80 minutes playing time

Minimum rest between matches

20 min

30 min

30 min

Season length (outdoor or indoor)

12 – 20 weeks

16 – 20 weeks

16 – 20 weeks

Recommended team travel time

30 minutes from District boundary

45 minutes from District boundary

60 minutes from District boundary

Referee/
Game Leader

Game Leader

 

Referee

Referee

Throw ins

No (pass ins)

No (pass ins)

Yes

Offside

No

No

Yes

Field width

25 to 30m

30 to 36m

42 to 55m

Field length

30 to 36m

40 to 55m

60 to 75m

Goal Size (no larger than)

5ft / 1.52m x 8ft / 2.44m

6ft / 1.83m x 16ft / 4.88m

6ft / 1.83m x 18ft / 5.49m

Ball size

3 or 4

4 (or 5 light)

4 (or 5 light)

LTPD Recreational Matrix for Ages U6 – U7

The LTPD Recreational Matrix is a matrix of principles that govern competition provided at the Local level.

Stage

FUNdamentals

**NO SCORES ARE RECORDED**

Age Group

U6

U7

Playing format

3v3 (no GK)

4v4 (no GK) or 5v5 (including GK)

Coaching Requirement

Fundamentals + MED and RiS

Fundamentals + MED and RiS

Squad Size (Game day only)

Max 6

Max 8

Substitutions

Unlimited

Unlimited

Training to playing ratio

1:1

2:1

Max competition days per outdoor season

20

20

Number of competition days per week

1

1

Recommended Practice Time

30 – 45 minutes

30 – 45 minutes

Recommended playing time

Fair time in all positions

Fair time in all positions

Maximum game duration

30 minutes

40 minutes

Season length (outdoor or indoor)

12 – 20 weeks

12 – 20 weeks

Recommended team travel time

No travel permitted

No travel permitted

Referee/
Game Leader

Game Leader

 

Game Leader

Throw ins

No (pass ins)

No (pass ins)

Offside

No

No

Field width

18 to 22m

25 to 30m

Field length

25 to 30m

30 to 36m

Goal Size (no larger than)

Pugg or 5ft x 8ft

5ft x 8ft

Ball size

3

3