Year Round Elite Academy U13-U16

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Program Description

Ottawa TFC's year-round Elite Academy, is the first program in Ottawa to provide a European-calibre academy training environment for serious youth players looking to play at the next level.  Teams will train after school every week night, with inter-squad, full-field sessions, friendlies and tournaments on Saturdays.  Players will finish training by 5:30 each weeknight, and will have the remainder of their day for homework, family life, and other extra-curriculars. Weekends will be reserved for game play.  The most committed players also attend a strength and mobility training session once weekly in the mornings, with our strength and conditioning staff. 

The training program is “periodized” accross the year.  This means that training loads and schedules are carefully planned and prepared so that the physical, technical, tactical and social development of the players is balanced and optimized across the entire season.  This includes:

  • Proper rest periods (scheduled time off throughout the year)
  • Cross-training (strength, conditioning, yoga, athlete development)
  • Mental/psychological development (sports psyche, goal setting, nutrition, university prep seminars, etc.)
  • Tactical/physical and technical training in order to peak at the right times during the season.

All sessions are designed and run by professional staff coaches, augmented by each team’s Academy coach.  With the benefit of the adjusted after-school schedule, staff coaches are also able to attend many of games to ensure that players always get the best guidance and coaching available in this region. Our formula to producing top players is simple: train with the best players, with the best coaches, more often than any other club in the region, while competing at the highest levels in the province.  

Program Details

Program Length:

Season begins in October 2018 and runs through end of September 2019.   

Program Information:


  • Training every weeknight after school - 90 minutes (beginning in mid-October).
  • Friendly games will be organized on as many weekends as possible from October through April (minimum 2 per month, but often more than that).
  • Scheduled Cross training/strength training in pre-season phases.
  • Fitness program incorporated in regular training
  • Nutrition module included for both players and parents. 
  • University Prep program included.
  • Home games will be filmed using a high quality Hi-Pod camera and made available to players and coaches for both tacitcal sessions as well aso for promotional materials to university and professional programs. 

Competitive Games: 

  • 2005-2006 teams (U13-U14) will play in the OPDL (provincial league - pathway towards provincial and national teams)
  • 2004-2003-2002 teams (U15-U17) will play in older Regional leagues or adult leagues in the region.
  • Tournament play and showcase play with the older Academy groups will be determined on a team by team basis and tailored to the expecations and ambitions of each group individually.

Player Assessments:

Open tryouts and Academy player evaluations are held in September and again in February.  

Players may also be evaluated at any time outside of this period with the approval of the respecitve Head coach.    

Please contact the Staff coaches to setup an evaluation:

Head Coach Girls:  Raz El-Asmar (

Head Coach Boys: Vlad Vrsecky ( 

There will be open tryouts for the 2018-2019 Elite Academy teams September and February/March. 

  See tryout schedule and details here 

Note: All interested players must register for the "Tryout" and "Base Registration" prior to the start of a tryout.  Players not selected for the Academy will be considered for Competitive teams or will be placed into the recreational program at OTFCA refund may also be requested at that time, less a $50 tryout fee, should a player not be interested in continuing in the program that they are placed in, and make the request within 5 business days of their offer being sent out.


School bus transportation will be available for Ottawa's
East-end High School students. 

Transportation from schools to training on weekdays will be provided by Roxborough Bus Lines (

For more detailed information on the transportation service/schedule, click here.

Season Schedule:

 Click for Season Schedule (subject to change)


All uniforms and gear are available for purchase through our retailer Evangelista Sports.  Click here for access to the online store.

Sample sizes are available to try on at our Clubhouse. 


See Registration Site for details of Fees.

Installment payment plans, bursaries and Ontario Soccer bursaries are available to help with Academy fees. 

Player Requirements: 

  • Players are required to wear protective shin guards and shoes at all games and practices.  Soccer cleats are allowed and recommended at all age groups.
  • Ontario Soccer (OS) Policy states that all jewellry including, but not limited to earrings and watches must be removed.  Taping earrings is also not allowed.  Jewelry poses an unnecessary risk to all players. 
  • Casts - hard casts are not permitted. 


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