December 14th, 2023
Canada Soccer PDP National Championship and New Pathway into National Competitions
Canada Soccer announces the creation of the Player Development Program (PDP) National Championship.
Canada Soccer’s new PDP National Championship is designed to further support, showcase, and enhance the connection between standards-based youth leagues across the country while supporting youth players that participate at the highest level of league play. Differently than the Toyota National Club Championships, the new competition will bring together teams from Canada Soccer recognized and designed standards-based youth leagues. Currently, four leagues across the country have this designation operating in Alberta, Quebec, Ontario, and the BCSPL in British Columbia. Canada Soccer’s PDP National Championship format will see female and male divisions with two (2) teams per province (8 teams) in both the Under-15 and Under-17 age groups participate in a round robin showcase over 6-days. The inaugural PDP National Championships will be held in August 2024 (location TBD).
Canada Soccer’s PDP Championship is organized as a team-based event focused on individual and team performance on the field and education and growing connections off the field and will include match analysis and player identification and scouting opportunities through Canada Soccer’s EXCEL program. By introducing standards at the club level — all of which are informed by best practices in player development from leading nations around the world — Canada Soccer aims to help and support clubs to better focus their efforts on creating the best environment possible for development purposes.
Importantly, with the introduction of this new competition, Canada Soccer have confirmed that teams participating in standards-based youth leagues are only eligible for this new competition, and thus, ineligible to attend the Toyota National Championships. Therefore, effective 2024, representation for British Columbia in the Under-15 and Under-17 divisions will adjust to the new national competition structure by designating BC Soccer’s Premier Cup as the qualifier into the PDP National Championships and BC Soccer’s Provincial A-Cup as qualifier into the Toyota National Championships.
The BC Soccer Provincial Premier Cup is open to all BCSPL eligible teams and the BC Soccer Provincial A-Cup is open to all youth teams, not including BCSPL, that qualify via their respective Regional Qualifying Competition. With this new national competition being introduced, BC will now offer more opportunities for players and teams to compete at the national level.
To view Canada Soccer’s full announcement, please click here.