What is OPDL?
The Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) is the highest level of competition in Ontario for players U13 and up.
Visit the OSA’s OPDL pages for more info (theopdl.com).
OPDL is not just a league. In fact, competition is a relatively small part of it. The league moves the focus from solely trying to win a trophy or avoid relegation, to developing players through a structured blend of high performance training and age appropriate play. In the OPDL, you’ll see mandatory heightened training with sport science and sport medicine components, complimenting regular weekly game play against other top players.
Not every club is an OPDL club. The OPDL is a standard based league and Clubs apply every two years, and have to meet specific standards (Technical, Financial, Facilities, and Operations) in order to be granted an OPDL license. Whitecaps London, is one of only a few clubs in Ontario that have met these standards. The OPDL is not for everyone. As the Talented Pathway for players in Ontario, it requires a high level of commitment.
Why should my child play OPDL?
Why should your child consider the OPDL rather than other alternative development programs?
Like other high quality development programs, there are costs associated with the delivery of the program. Costs are only slightly higher than a regular competitive program given all the components:
The average cost per player, from January to November, is between $3,500 to $4,500** for the year, plus travel expenses
** Can vary by team and is subject to change
Our club provides OPDL families with a monthly payment plan as well as the opportunity to reduce registration costs through a variety of fundraising programs designed to offset the cost.
For more information please on financial assistance program visit the OPDL site.