Academy Program U9-U18

Last Edited: January 2019

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The U9-U12 Academy programs lead to our highly acclaimed Elite Academy which competes in the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL).  The Academy program is the exclusive Eastern Ontario affiliate of Toronto FC of the MLS.  The Academy program is one of the most respected development programs in the province.  

U9-U12 Program Details

Weekly Commitment:

U9-U10: 3 times weekly training plus weekly game. 1-2 festivals (half-day events) will also be entered. 

U11-U12: 3-4 times weekly training plus weekly game. 2-3 festivals will be entered over the course of the season. 

U13-U17: see Year Round Elite Academy 

Game Format:

U9-U10 - Players play 7 aside (7v7)

U11-U12 - Players play 9 aside (9v9)

U13-U17 - Players play 11 aside (11v11)

Player Assessments:

Players wishing to join the Academy or Competitive Programs must be evaluated  before the season starts.  Begin by registering the player for the "2019 Base Registration and competitive tryout".

Open Evaluation Dates:

See the 2019 Summer Evaluation Schedule.

Players who do not qualify for the Academy U9-U18 Program will be automatically placed in either a competitive team at a lower tier (Competitive U9-U18) with the option of taking the Technical Development Training, or otherwise placed in a U9-U18 Recreational team. 

For the CUSC evaluation policy, click here 

Season Length: Late March - September

2019 Tryout/Evaluation Fee: $50 (non-refundable)

Base Player Registration Fee: $225 (before March 31st)

Non-Volunteer Fee: $50 per family (mandatory refundable fee on volunteering)

Once accepted to the Academy program, an additional competitive or Academy following fee will apply:

  1. Training fees
  2. Additional field costs
  3. Competitive league costs
  4. Referee fees
  5. Affiliation fees (Ontario Soccer, EODSA, etc).
  6. Training shirts
  7. Equipment costs
  8. Administrative and insurance costs
  • Team Fees as determined by each team (cover festivals, team building, and any incidental team by team costs).


Please email Director of Operations - Jessie Burgins (


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