Affiliations between organizations operating Youth Amateur Teams in a Regional Leagues and OPDL License Holders is a key component in the alignment and growth of Ontario Soccer. With that in mind OPDL licensee London TFC Academy (the youth arm of FC LONDON) has signed an affiliation agreement with local youth soccer Alliance FC, a club that boasts over 600 participants across all ages.
The affiliation opens up opportunities for Alliance FC players, both boys and girls, specifically allowing those who are born in 2005, 2006, 2007 who play in U13, U14 leagues in 2019 to be ‘placed on the London TFC Academy OPDL Development Roster’ for the balance of the season.
This affiliation is meant to provide a talent pathway for players, to support and strengthen player development, to educate parents and players about the talented pathway and to assist London TFC Academy's OPDL Technical Director is to identify players from affiliated organizations in London and area. London TFC Academy already has affiliations in place with Strathroy United FC and St. Thomas SC.
Starting at U12, the London TFC Academy will have an opportunity to invite the player for training with the OPDL age group and/or to a selected tournament festival providing that there are no conflicts with this current team. With the addition of this affiliation, when combined with others, gives London TFC Academy visibility to over 3,400 players across 235 teams.
"Alliance runs a great program and their dedication to creating opportunities for both male and female players is a key component of their club mission," comments Ian Campbell, CEO of FC LONDON and London TFC Academy. "With the combination of our FC LONDON teams operating in League1 and our direct partnership with recent MLS Champions Toronto FC, it's great to bring such a strong pathway to the region."
“This helps us provide a pathway in alignment with Ontario Soccer's vision of player development.” said Martin Painter, Alliance FC Technical Director. “Alliance FC was created a year ago and we chose our name for a reason. We believe in a collaborative approach in building a more united soccer community that will benefit all stakeholders. This Agreement is a step in that direction and has great potential to provide additional opportunities for our players and coaches. “
Through it's affiliation with 2017 MLS Champions Toronto FC, London TFC Academy will be sharing technical and coaching resources with the Alliance FC to assist with raising the bar for soccer in the London and area soccer communities.
About London TFC Academy:
As the youth component of League1's 'FC LONDON' championship soccer organization, London TFC Academy runs elite level year-round programming for players ages U8-U17, leading into the FC LONDON U21 and League1 programs. London TFC Academy/FC LONDON is the only club in Ontario that competes in the Ontario Academy Soccer League (OASL) and Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) which is the highest level of competitive play for youth players in the province. OPDL is recognized as a pathway for both male and female players to Provincial and National Team selection.
About Alliance FC:
Established in 2018, Alliance FC is a Soccer Club that has grown quickly to over 600 participants. Alliance runs an extensive development program for players aged 6 - 12 that incorporates the principles of Long Term Athlete Development. Alliance also runs teams aged 13 and above that play in various leagues and competitions across the Province.