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Inaugural Player Development Program Championship to take place in Alberta this summer

New National Championship provides a platform for National Youth Club Licensed Clubs to compete against other clubs from standards-based programs.

Player Development Program Championship ​

Canada Soccer confirmed today the dates and host venue for the inaugural Player Development Program Championship announced last December. The championship will take place from August 13th - August 18th, 2024 at Bill Gilhespy Soccer Complex in Edmonton, Alberta. 

“Canada Soccer would like to thank the Alberta Soccer Association and local venue partners for hosting our inaugural PDP Championship. Edmonton has a tremendous hosting history and Bill Gilhespy Soccer Complex will be an outstanding venue for this event and the players taking part.” ​- Dave Nutt, Interim Director of Development at Canada Soccer.

The PDP Championship is being organized as a team-based event focused on individual and team performance on the field, education, and growing connections off the field. It will include match analysis, player identification and scouting opportunities through the Canada Soccer EXCEL program. 

The following standards-based programs are recognized as a part of the PDP network: 

  • Alberta Youth Soccer League (AYSL) 
  • BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) 
  • Ontario Player Development League (OPDL)  
  • Première Ligue de Soccer Juvénile du Québec (PLSJQ) 

The PDP Championships will be divided into two age categories (U15 and U17) for boys and girls and each participating Member Association will be allotted two spots per competition. The PDP Championships will be played with a two-pool round-robin with seeding crossover (1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4) to determine placement.  

British Columbia will be represented in the competition by the two finalist teams in the U15 and U17 BC Soccer Premier Cup, for both boys and girls.

About the Player Development Program 

​The Canada Soccer PDP is a network of standards-based programs that represents the highest level of amateur youth soccer in Canada. Participating organizations (clubs and academies) must hold the National Youth Club License, the highest category of recognition for amateur youth clubs within the Club Licensing Program and meet any additional requirements of the standards-based 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 players and coach development. 

BC Soccer Association

Established in 1904, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer-specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants, consisting of registered players, coaches, referees, administrators and soccer leaders. As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues, and districts.

Safe Sport Statement

BC Soccer believes that everyone involved in soccer has the right to participate in safe and inclusive environments free of abuse, harassment, discrimination, and to enjoy the sport at whatever level or capacity they participate in. The welfare of everyone involved in soccer is the foremost consideration and in particular, the protection of children in the sport is the responsibility of everyone involved.