The complete EODSA statement from their website:
May 3, 2017
Re: Ottawa Player Development Program (OPDP)
The Eastern Ontario District Soccer Association (EODSA) is sending out this communication
to provide clarification and an update regarding the situation involving the Ottawa Player
Development Program (OPDP).
A number of Clubs within the EODSA chose to withdraw some of their team entries from
the Grassroots divisions being offered by the East Region Soccer League (ERSL). Clubs are
permitted to withdraw teams from league divisions and the EODSA is not permitted to
reject a Club’s team withdrawal. The EODSA is not permitted to force a Club to re‐enter
teams in a division from which it has withdrawn.
It was brought to the EODSA’s attention that these Clubs were intending to operate a
Program/League that was not an approved or sanctioned Program/League of the EODSA or
The EODSA has been managing this situation over the last month as per Ontario Soccer
Procedures. The OPDP situation has come to a conclusion as of April 27th, 2017 with a
written confirmation that the OPDP website had been shut down and that the OPDP would
The Clubs have chosen not to re‐enter withdrawn teams in the ERSL and that is a choice
they are permitted to make. The Clubs will be looking at alternate competition options
within the rules defined by the EODSA and Ontario Soccer. The EODSA will continue to
monitor the situation to ensure competitions are within Ontario Soccer Procedures.
If any Clubs have evidence that proves this Program/League is operating, they can send the
information to Joe Scheier at firstname.lastname@example.org and the EODSA will review and manage