Train To Play (U7-U12)

What is the “Train to Play Program”?

Following the lead of Ontario Soccer and their LTPD (Long Term Player Development) initiative the Oak Ridges Soccer Club has created the Train to Play Program for players born from 2006- 2012* (ages 7-12). It is primarily designed to develop the skills and knowledge needed to play the game of soccer. The program is under the guidance of the ORSC Boys and Girls Player Development Coordinators and ORSC Technical Staff.

The ORSC Technical Staff is made up of qualified and certified Coaches with experience both as Players and Coaches. Each age and gender will be assigned a primary Coach who will be with the group regularly and responsible for the overall delivery of the content. From time to time other technical staff members will be assigned to work with a different group. This will allow all staff and players from all age groups to become familiar with one another. The ratio of training to games will be a minimum of 2:1.

Train to Play operates year round INDOOR and OUTDOOR ultimately trying to balance individual technical skill development and enjoyment while fostering a love for the game.

For more information, contact Technical Manager Sam Foti at

Program Goals

  • The goals of the ORSC Train-to-Play program include:
  • Developing the technical ability and competitive spirit of players
  • Providing a fun, supportive environment where participants learn to welcome challenge rather than fear failure
  • Facilitate the social, psychological and physical growth of the participants

What do we look for in prospective players?

  • There is no magic formula to what makes a successful soccer player.  As coaches we teach the players how to play the game.  There are a few key attributes we look for in players:
  • General athletic ability and coordination
  • Focus & effort during training and games
  • Ability and interest to learn new skills

Training & Participation

  • The program requires the following from parents and participants:
  • Good behaviour – teamwork, hard work, discipline & respect
  • Commitment to the program through regular attendance and promptness*
  • Positive attitude

*Participation in other sports or activities is greatly encouraged. However for the outdoor season we ask that soccer be the priority.  

In accordance with LTPD the focus for these age groups is on individual player development not necessarily on collective or team development. Although at U11 and U12 players will be exposed to more tactical and team play. In this program we will accommodate any player that shows an aptitude and ability to train at a higher level. The technical staff will contact the parents to discuss other alternatives should they feel the training program is not a fit for their child. Where there are two teams in one age group Coaches will assess players and place them accordingly. However, with open rosters players can be moved from team to team based on the progress of their development.

2020 Outdoor Train to Play Program (For Typical Program Structure)

The outdoor program for each of the Train to Play age groups will consist of the following:

  • Training: 20 Weeks, two sessions weekly from May to September for U9-U12. Once a week for U8. Sessions 60-75 minutes
  • Games: weekly for U9-U12 as part of the York Region Soccer League (YRSL) including all administration, referee and field costs (14-18 games total). U8 will play in 8 Saturday Festivals (2 games per festival)
  • Uniforms: U8-U12- 2 game jerseys (home and away), 2 shorts, 2 socks, 1 training jerseys,1 tracksuit and training balll; (rain jackets and bags can be purchased by new players; cost to be confirmed)
  • Coaching: Minimum 1 Certified ORSC Technical Staff Coach for all games and training.
  • Banquet: End of season Club banquet at Le Parc Banquet Hall in September; Player/team photo and trophy to be delivered then.
  • FEES: U8: $1,100 (2013/2012) | U9-U12: $1,250 (2011-2008)

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