The Ontario Soccer Association announced that youth soccer, for those under the age of 12, at both the travel and house league levels, will no longer keep score during games, nor have league standings.
The decision was made as a part of Canada’s Long Term Player Development (LTPD) plan, which focuses on skill development for all players, while diminishing the focus on winning.
Ontario Soccer Association Chief Technical Officer Alex Chiet, called the LTPD movement, “a culture shift that will re-shape how we deliver soccer to youngsters in every corner of the province for years to come,” in a recent release.
While some soccer associations across Ontario started implementing the new Long Term Player Development directive over the past few years, the change will become mandatory as of 2014, leaving this as the last possible summer for Chatham-Kent teams and leagues to make the shift away from score keeping and standings.
The changes in Ontario, are a direct results of a Canadian Soccer Association initiative entitled “Wellness to World Cup Long Term Player Development” model, in which the CSA states, “By ensuring fun playing experiences for children, a suitable player development pathway for youth, and opportunities for lifelong participation for all players regardless of age, gender, ability or disability, LTPD provides a framework for the growth and success of the beautiful game in Canada.”
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