The Canadian Soccer Association (Canada Soccer) is the official governing body for soccer in Canada. In partnership with its members, Canada Soccer promotes the growth and development of soccer in Canada, from grassroots to high performance, and on a national scale.
Soccer is the largest participatory sport in Canada and is considered the fastest growing sport in the country. There are nearly 1,000,000 registered Canada Soccer members in Canada within 1,500 clubs across 144 districts that operate in 13 Provincial/Territorial Member Associations.
Canada Soccer’s mission is to provide leadership in the pursuit of excellence in soccer, nationally and internationally, in cooperation with its members and partners.
Canada Soccer believes every player deserves the best possible soccer experience.
Whether they dream of playing for Canada’s National Team or simply want to have fun with their friends, taking the right approach to the game when children are young sets the stage for a lifetime of enjoyment.
The Canada Soccer Pathway provides a roadmap for players of all ages and aspirations who want to play soccer at the recreation, competitive or high performance EXCEL levels, with the aim of encouraging lifelong participation. The Pathway is built around the principles of Long-Term Player Development (LTPD). LTPD is designed to:
1. Promote lifelong enjoyment of physical activity.
2. Provide a structured player development pathway.
3. Describe best practices for elite player development.
4. Create long-term excellence.
The Canada Soccer Pathway is formed by three streams of play: recreational, competitive and EXCEL, the high performance arm of Canada’s soccer landscape. It identifies the environments a player should look for, train and compete in, in order to progress from the local club to Canada’s National Teams.
While the recreational and competitive streams of play are largely delivered through clubs and schools across the country, the EXCEL stream us designed to ensure more of Canada’s exceptional young players find their way into the top competitive environments: professional clubs and National Teams.
You can find more information on the Canada Soccer Pathway at www.canadasoccer.com.
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