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  1. There are plenty of coaching opportunities that are paid here in Ontario and there will be many more in coming years. The sport is becoming more "professionalized" at the youth level but the demands on coaches to take their coaching levels will also increase.

    However, without experience and without a decent level of formal coaching education (Provincial B certification at minimum or equivalent) a coach cannot expect to receive significant (if any) compensation from a club.

    Presently, based on what Vengelis21 has described as his "experience", he will be gladly accepted as a volunteer coach for many clubs at the recreational level. He would need to take some entry level coaching education courses to coach a team at the competitive (rep) level so he's presently not qualified for that either.

    Good luck Vangelis21...if you have passion for the sport and have a high level of commitment to educating yourself as a coach, in time, you might find yourself able to make a modest living as a coach in Canada. but it will take time. We have many coaches in Ontario who are talented, experienced and educated but don't make much money in coaching.

  2. while everyone is entitled to an opinion as to how OPDL ought to be structured, what the minimum standards should be, how many clubs should be accepted at each group, etc... the reality is we should try to avoid overthinking it at this stage.

    Alot of time and expertise has been invested into the process thus far. It is inevitable that whatever OPDL ends up looking like in year 1 will end up requiring some fine tuning over time. In my view, I'd prefer to err on the side of taking some risks because if it doesn't work out perfectly, elements can always be changed. in fact, regular evolution should be encouraged.

    One thing to consider when trying to determine how many groups should be admitted into OPDL....soccer is the largest youth participation sport in Ontario by a wide margin....with that being the case, it might be wise to look at how many youth teams play hockey at the Triple A level across the province. After doing a quick scan of 3 major Triple A hockey leagues that operate in Southern Ontario, I counted about 20 Triple A centres just in the GTA. I would guess that if I take into account Southwestern, Central, Northern and Eastern Ontario, there might be another 20 at least.

    I wouldn't suggest that this is an appropriate number in hockey....that might be too many....possiby the level of talent is highly diluted. I'm not a hockey expert so I dont know. What I do know is that if there are 40 Triple A hockey clubs (minimum) in Ontario, we can likely handle 20 OPDL soccer clubs to start. Its just up to the clubs if they want to work to meet the standards that will be set. For too long, youth soccer clubs have not been held to many/any standards and the outcomes have been largely underwhelming. Time to try something "radical"

  3. Can see the rationale behind it but maybe something that could be done a few times per season rather than every week?

    i think centralizing the majority of games would be best. some compromised may ultimately be required. time will tell.

    as a point of reference, SAAC tries to centralize our weekly game sites to a minimum. For years, all games would be played at 1 location. It worked out quite nicely. I'm sure it was inconvenient for those groups furthest away from the centralized site but now we have 4-5 sites and we rotate between those sites from 1 week to the next to make it a bit more equitable. By playing all games on Saturdays and Sundays, it reduces the stress on those who have to travel some distance

  4. one of these days, we will look back at something like this and say to ourselves "remember the old days, when our provincial associations actively tried to deny membership to organizations who were actually committed to meeting high standards, who were committed to developing high quality athletes and who only employed qualified coaches?" change is the only constant....soccer governing bodies need to embrace that motto.

    We must end the practice of trying to protect one's "turf" because it gets in the way of developing the game of soccer. Competition is a good thing. Set standards, enforce them and then allow those that meet the standards be members. It is not that complicated

  5. Does anyone know what the intent of the centralized games is? I've been scratching my head about that one. All I can think of is that the host club only needs physio staff for the couple of weekends they host, as opposed to requiring them for all home games.

    a key reason for centralizing games is to be able to bring all the best players in certain age groups together to 1 location to make scouting by provincial and national coaches/ easier. there are some other considerations but this is a big one that was focused on at the OSA AGM last week

  6. People in Toronto never seem to be able to grasp how big the province is and the implications that has for the types of league structure that can reasonably be adopted. If the travel is too demanding players in cities distant from the GTA often stick to the local league rather than playing at the provincial level with the result that the team that is doing all the travelling isn't even close to the best that the city has to offer. Would have thought multiple divisions based on the region structure would be a lot more realistic than an east - west split.

    The East/West split is what has been proposed for years 2014/2015, assuming there will be up to 20 organizations who meet the standards.

    However, if more organizations than 20 can eventually meet the standard, don't be surprised if the split is East/Central/West.

    That said, no structure will ever satisfy everyone. By playing games on weekends and dividing regions as best as possible to limit travel as much as possible, it has the potential to ease some of the travel issues. There is no perfect system and the standards are going to be stringent enough that not everyone will be able to take part, at least not in the short term. I'm sure you will agree that we do not want to dilute the player pool.

    I suggest people be patient, wait for the working group to continue to hash out certain details and then lets see who meets the standards.

  7. ^ to be clear, the stadium doesnt need to be 20K seats. And they should be ringed by full size and 1/2 sized turf and grass fields so that they can be true "soccer centers of excellence" where the local soccer community gathers to celebrate the game. and the key tenant of all those stadiums is a D3 level team that populates a regional professional league (ideally 1 teams each for both males and females)...it all sounds very much pie in the sky but it is what we need.

    Our governments largely don't care about soccer.....that is a big problem. We do a lousy job of lobbying for our fair share of the facilities we need. Look at Toronto....soccer clubs are dying for decent soccer facilities in the 416 area while Hockey is going to get a state of the art 4 rink complex in the docklands.

    The same thing happens in other parts of the GTA too....hockey gets the 1st class treatment, soccer gets the scraps more often than not.

    As I said, CSA, Provinces, Districts and clubs need to start speaking with 1 voice and start lobbying hard.

  8. I would like to see every city in Canada with a stadium for their local leagues.

    as would I....this will require strong collaboration betweeen the CSA, provincial associations, districts and clubs to lobby the various levels of government to help raise funds needed to build such facilities. Personally i would like to see the provinces establish facility development committees that work with districts to identify ideal locations and then seek out public/private partnerships to get them built

  9. Sam, we full agree on futsal as a developmental tool.

    However, at this point in time I just don't see any benefits to having a high-level national team for futsal. We have our funds spread amongst the men's and women's national teams too much already. We have 7 legitimate national teams - men's senior, olympic, U-20 and U-17, women's senior (and olympic, but it's obviously the same team), U-20 and U-17. The focus should be making these 7 teams as competitive as possible and anything else is really just a distraction for the CSA.

    FIFA requires the CSA to operate a national futsal team at the senior level and so they do. At the senior level, it is a standalone sport, just like para soccer team is (which also requires a fair bit of funding)

    Trust me, the $ the CSA puts into running its national men's futsal team wouldn't be enough to pay for their annual AGM banquet.

    Somehow, there almost needs to be a seperate division that exists just to promote futsal (both as a development game & as a standalone competitive sport) and which would produce coaching courses, a national curriculum, etc... but also go out in search of funding sources for it.

    Because futsal has so much potential when it comes athlete development, we can't starve futsal of funding.....as for its national team programs, it would seem fair that registration fees paid by those who register to play rec/competitive futsal should be funneled back to support national futsal team programs. There are many athletes out there who focus only on futsal. I am quite confident that there are groups throughout the country that could come together to help raise sufficient funds to finance a proper fustal national team program, with its own TD/head coach.

  10. Congratulations to Victor Montagliani on being elected the new president of the CSA. Dear sir, here is what I think should be on your todo list:

    1) An apology to Alberta for the screwing over they got.

    2) A plan to develop players outside the 3 MLS team's areas. BC, Ontario and Quebec are now covered. The CSA focusing on the maritimes, prairies and northern areas would be a good fit to eliminate overlap.

    3) A big push to get futsal played in every school in the country (they have the kids and facilities).

    I agree fully on Point #3. HUGE PRIORITY to me. Victor was a high level futsal player so you can be sure he believes in futsal as a great way to promote skill development (and it's incredibly fun too....kids love futsal)

    Point 2 will hopefully be addressed by trying to grow the professional landscape and by giving the two High Performance directors the resources need to implement the technical plans they have been crafting.

    Not going to wade into an Alberta debate.

  11. So Victor Montagliani is the new president of the CSA. I wish him well and I hope to see our national men's team going to Brazil 2014. The only thing that right now worries me about Victor is that in spite of him saying “Governance is not simply about management" if you hear him talking, the only thing he talks is precisely about management, nothing about what he will do to develop our selected players.

    As President, he is going to grab his whistle and start coaching all the teams. He is the "soccer guy" after all ;-)

    In all seriousness, if you have listened carefully to all of Victor's comments prior to the election, he has discussed in some depth the things he considers a priority when it comes to giving our young players the best possible developmental opportunities. Improving professional opportunities, especially at the D2 and D3 level, is a big part of his vision. He is very committed to getting the LTPD rollout moving full steam ahead as well. There is so much more to it but the man is incredibly focused on the athlete and on the coaches.

  12. it wasn't a pretty performance for sure but people need to be a bit realistic here. these guys have been together for just over 1 week. this program has had almost zero financial support. If we look disjointed it is because that is what is normal for a team in this position.

    I can assure you the El Salvador team is made up primarily of domestic players and they have probably been training together with some decent regularity for a while while also playing regularly for their club teams. They looked like a more together squad, that's for sure.

    We have a lot of players on this squad who have not played a high level competitive 90 minute match in a very long time. MLS Pre-season games don't really count

    As for playing guys out of position, what choice did Fonseca really have? with no experienced left back to choose from, they opted to insert Tiebert....not a crazy choice all things considered...i know of coaches who believe that would actually be his ideal position but obviously he wasn't totally comfortable there. Stinson must have impressed to vault over Fresenga for starting RB....he did ok in that role for TFC last year (good enough to be considered by Hart as cover at the RB position for the Sr. team during last year's WCQ).

    If this team does poorly, it will be unfortunate but it can't be a surprise. The realistic hope all along was that they somehow would get into the semi final (by whatever means necessary) and then hope for a bit of a miracle. They are still on pace for that.

  13. Not to put too fine a point on it, but the guy does smoke rocks...

    Guys, I would prefer we avoid resorting to that sort of language and try to be somewhat respectful.

    I know he is referring to me in that section of the book and that is fine. I definitely don't take offense about comments directed at me. He is entitled to his opinion, although i don't like that he disparages the Voyageurs because this organization has done so much to cultivate and nurture support for our NTs over the years.

    Having read the book, it is clear that the man is/was very sensitive and had been all of his life. For people with that tendency, reading forums like this one is probably not good for one's psyche but he chose to do so. These sorts of forums definitely are not for the thin skinned.

    Like i said in my previous post, he confronted me about it a few years ago in person, man to man, which i respected. It's obvious that didn't serve as closure for him but that's not something I can control.

    Edit...I agree with Jamie that it's probably best that we all just leave him alone. read the book it if you are so inclined. if not, don't. But nothing is accomplished by ripping on the guy at this point.

  14. The "influential organizer" that Paul refers to in the book is me. I was quite surprised when I read those few paragraphs.

    We met for lunch at a restaurant near Varisty Stadium 3-4 years ago. The intent was to discuss the alumni organization that he and some other former NT players were working on getting up and running at the time. I no longer remember what it was that he wanted me to help with when it comes to the Alumni group (possibly promoting the idea on the message boards). I did support the creation of this group because I was hopeful that some top alumni would get more actively involved in the national association.

    Overall it was a pleasant experience so it was with some degree of surprise that I read in the book that he wanted to sock me but whatever. I'm sure there might be one or two other people in soccer that aren't my biggest fans either.

    My recollection of that day was that we had a good long chat, agreeing on some things, not agreeing on others but we parted ways on a pleasant note if my memory serves me well.

    He was very straightforward that he did not like comments I (and others) had made on the message board about him and other people involved in soccer that . I actually respected him for confronting me like that. I have no problem defending my opinions. I can't for the life of me recall specifically what he was upset about but I assume I had criticized some comments he had made in one of his media gigs. He must have perceived the criticism as being harsh. I do recall being a bit surprised to know that he was so aware of what was being posted on the various message boards but i've learned that many people in positions of authority in the game frequent this board and others with some regularity.

    He and I exchanged a handful of emails up to the point that he left York U. I have not had any contact with him since that time.

    I read through the book over the past 24 hours. Interesting read. I sincerely hope he is able to get his life fully on track and find some success and happiness, which is something I wish for everyone.

  15. I am sure the exact date will be announced tomorrow night when CSA and Umbro launch the 2012 kit.

    This is a very exciting announcement and it's the perfect opponent for our centennary. Even though we don't play them often, the Americans are the NT I want to beat more than any other. Here's hoping we get the job done in June.

  16. ^ If he wants a country known for cultural acceptance and financial stability, he should look to the Turkish league.

    if he wants to get paid consistently, Turkey isn't the place to be these days (actually a lot of European clubs / leagues are a mess in that regard these days

    soccer is the "beautiful game" but the business of soccer is far from beautiful a lot of the time. Hopefully Tam maintains his fitness and, more important, his passion to play. The longer he doesn't play, the harder it is going to be for him to get back in at a good level. MLS might actually be the right place to land at this time

  17. big thanks for Dine (VPrj), he's heavily involved with Peel Halton I believe.

    I cant take any credit for this one.

    I am indeed a Director on the PHSA board now but this was being worked on before I showed up on the scene and was spearheaded by the district's Technical Director and the TDs/Head Coaches of the vast majority of the community clubs in the district. It does have my full support though.

    This is a very positive development and I hope that other districts in Ontario and throughout the country follow a similar path. Peel Halton is a very unique district in that it has more registrations than many provinces do and is home to some of the biggest clubs in the country. It might be more challenging for smaller, more spread out districts to attempt the same thing but certainly this can serve as a model for others to study and possibly adapt to suit their reality. Heck, there will likely be a few challenges for our district as we roll this out for 2012 but it is all worth it if we are taking a medium to long term view of what we are trying to accomplish.

    These are interesting and exciting times in soccer in Ontario.

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