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2023 ODPL TRIAL PROCESS

2023 Trial Dates

Cambridge Youth Soccer’s 2023 OPDL Trial Process for existing OPDL Players as well as Non-OPDL players. All registered players will have several opportunities to be evaluated starting September 2022. The OPDL has detailed the Trial Process and provided specific guidelines, focused on player identification, and enhanced player experience. The trial process will be divided into three Phases, as outlined below.

Special Notes:

  • Please note pre-registration for the OPDL Open Trials is required.
  • There is no cost to 2022 CYS Registered Players (Born 2010) to attend Open Trials. Please contact CYS Staff for Bypass Code when registering for Trials.
  • All other interested players must pay the $20 Trial Fee upon registration.
  • Players SHOULD attend a minimum of three (3) Open Trials in order to be considered for the OPDL Team.

Online Procedures

  1. Go to www.cambridgesoccer.ca
  2. Go to OPDL Tab (underneath header)
  3. In drop-down menu, click on OPDL Trials
  4. Registration Form Link is listed at the top of the page. Please complete the registration to be eligible to trial.

 

Phase I & II – Complete!

Thank you to all trialists who came out! We have limited spaces left on some of our teams for the 2023 Season, so if you missed trials but would still like to be considered, please reach out to us at anytime!

Female Teams:
Humberto Ferreira
humberto@cambridgesoccer.ca

Male Teams:
Paulo Sousa
paulo@cambridgesoccer.ca

 

ADDITIONAL Trials – 2005, 2006 & 2007 Born Female Players

 

Date

Time

Location

Monday, November 14th

7:15-8:25PM

ComDev Indoor Soccer Park

Monday, November 21st

7:15-8:25PM

ComDev Indoor Soccer Park

Monday, November 28th

7:15-8:25PM

ComDev Indoor Soccer Park

 

If players are currently registered to an OPDL club other than CYS – they must have a signed OPDL Trial Permit from their club in order to be eligible for CYS trial. Please email this completed form to  kaela@cambridgesoccer.ca.

Player Commitment Letters

Any player trialing with another License Holder must be in possession of a completed OPDL Trial Permission Form, in order to be eligible to attend trials with another organization.

  1. Upon receiving a request to complete the OPDL Trial Permission form, Technical Directors shall respond within 72 hours.
  2. Failing to respond will result on the player permission to attend trials with another License Holder.
  3. OPDL License Holders shall not accept participation of a current OPDL player at their trials without an OPDL Trial Permission Form or proof of request submitted without response.

Phase III Trials – Any Players

Objective: Identify additional players, if applicable

Activity: Open Trials and Invitation Only Trial

Period: February 6th to April 7th, 2023

 

Open Trials

An open trial is open to players who desire an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to participate within an OPDL License Holder and is of appropriate age for registration and gender for the team’s designation.

A player must have the opportunity to attend a minimum of 3 of these events before a final decision is made on that player. Players may attend more than one open trial simultaneously with different OPDL License Holders.

No more than 35 players should be allowed at each open trial to provide for a more responsible evaluation process.

 

Invitation Only Trials

Involves the interested OPDL License Holder contacting and asking for only specific players to return for further trials.

No player shall undertake more than one invitation-only trial at a time.

A player may attend a new invitation only trial once an existing invitation-only trial has been completed.

A player may attend a different invitation-only trial once the organizers of the existing trial have been informed in writing that the player wishes to terminate that trial.

 

Assessment Focus during a Trial

During a trial, a player should be evaluated using an LTPD-centered holistic approach, which would include:

  1. Technically unopposed
  2. Tactically, with exercises involving decision making and small-sided games
  3. Physically, with small-sided games and/or 11 a-side play
  4. Mentally, socially and emotionally with player conduct, interaction with players, work ethic, commitment and ability to meet the challenges within the game environment

 

Underage/Overage Player Guidelines

Ontario Soccer supports the philosophy of continually challenging its member players.

Players potentially moving up, or down, an age group within OPDL must have the ability to blend in (technically, physically, mentally, and socially/emotionally) with players of the intended age group, without undue risk of suffering injury.

Ontario Soccer will support the selection of an underage/overage player to OPDL if the player meets these guidelines. Players will be subject to approval by Ontario Soccer Technical staff.

The License Holder selecting the individual shall initiate the Player Movement Evaluation process and must obtain Ontario Soccer approval prior to the individual being eligible to participate in any OPDL activity.

The final selection of an underage/over age player will be at the discretion of the OPDL License Holder.

 

Notification of Players Not Selected

It is not required for OPDL License Holders to provide verbal one-on-one feedback to players released from an open trial.

Players released from an invitation only trial must be given verbal feedback (minimum 15 minutes with players and player’s parents) as to why they were released.

Once the season has started, there is to be no releasing of players except in circumstances that are driven by and out of control of the players’ family.

 

Parents and prospective players that may be interested in seeing an OPDL game prior to the trials please take note of upcoming Cambridge United home games:

Upcoming OPDL Games
Date Time Field Name Division + Opponent
Sunday, August 28 11:15AM Jacob Hespeler Turf Field u17 Boys (2005/2006) vs. North Mississauga
Sunday, August 28 1:30PM Jacob Hespeler Turf Field U14 Boys (2008) vs Tecumseh
Sunday, August 28 3:45PM Jacob Hespeler Turf Field U14 Girls (2008) vs Tecumseh
 
Thursday, September 1 8:00PM Jacob Hespeler Turf Field U14 Boys (2008) vs London TFC
 
Saturday, September 3 1:30PM Jacob Hespeler Grass Field U13 Boys (2009) vs Whitecaps London
 
Sunday, September 4 3:45PM Jacob Hespeler Turf Field U17 Boys (2005/06) vs Vaughan