Founded in 1980, the Peterborough City Soccer Association (a.k.a. Peterborough City Soccer Club) provides long term player development and competitive playing opportunities at the representative level for boys and girls aged 5 to 18. There are also Men’s and Women’s Under-21 and Senior teams.
With an emphasis on player development, including physical fitness, technical and tactical skills and psychological development (commitment, confidence, concentration, communication), we enable individuals to develop their character as resourceful and responsible members of their community.
Younger players in the U6 to U12 divisions 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.
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. The playing season runs from mid-May to mid-September.
Player development is the responsibility of the Technical Coaching Team comprising Director of Coaching 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 Ontario Soccer 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.
- U6-U7 Development Program
- U8 Development Program
- Grassroots Soccer (U9-U12) – see Orientation
- Youth Soccer (U13-U18) – see Tryouts
- U21 and Senior Teams – contact coach
- Peterborough City Soccer Academy
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: Third week of September;
- Team Selection: First two weeks in October;
- Fall Futsal (October – December): U13 – U18 players;
- Winter Futsal (January – March): U9 – U12 players;
- Winter Training (January – March): U13 – U18 teams;
- Spring Training (April): U9 – U18 & senior teams;
- Summer Program (May – September): U9 – U18 & senior teams;
- Development Program (U8): April – July;
- Development Program (U6-U7): May – July;
- PCSA Academy: October – March.
Age Divisions – 2021
Age divisions are determined by the player’s age on December 31, 2020. The age divisions for 2021 are as follows:
|Division||Birth Year||LTPD Program*||Duration|
|U6||2015||FUNdamentals||May – July|
|U7||2014||FUNdamentals||May – July|
|U8||2013||FUNdamentals||April – July|
|U9||2012||Learning to Train||Jan – August|
|U10||2011||Learning to Train||Jan – August|
|U11||2010||Learning to Train||Jan – August|
|U12||2009||Learning to Train||Jan – August|
|U13||2008||Soccer For Life (Competitive)||Oct – Sept|
|U14||2007||Soccer For Life (Competitive)||Oct – Sept|
|U15||2006||Soccer For Life (Competitive)||Oct – Sept|
|U16||2005||Soccer For Life (Competitive)||Oct – Sept|
|U17||2004||Soccer For Life (Competitive)||Oct – Sept|
|U18||2003||Soccer For Life (Competitive)||Oct – Sept|
*LTPD is an acronym for Long Term Player Development, which is Ontario Soccer’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 Ontario Soccer provides a separate LTPD matrix for Recreational and Development programs, the PCSA follows the guidelines for the Development/Competitive stream.
Players who registered for the cancelled 2020 season will be automatically eligible to register with the same squad when play resumes in 2021. They will not be required to try out again. New players will be able to try out if there are vacancies on the team. Returning players as well as any new prospective players should contact the Director of Coaching to confirm their interest in playing in 2021.
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