Toronto High Park Football Club Joins the Ontario Player Development League

The Board of Directors of Ontario Soccer approves THPFC for training and competition commencing in 2018

Published Thursday, August 10, 2017

Toronto High Park Football Club today announced that it will be joining the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) for the 2018 season.  OPDL is the pinnacle of development for youth in Ontario, providing players within the Talented Pathway with the best possible training and competition environment.   License holders across the province – now including Toronto High Park FC – deliver this program with the highest of technical and administrative standards.

“We are pleased to be joining the OPDL at this stage of our evolution,” said Denis Hancock, President of Toronto High Park Football Club. “OPDL license holders must meet comprehensive criteria for player development, coaching credentials, financial management and governance.  By adopting and meeting these measures, we are and will continue to be a stronger, more capable Club in all facets of our operations.”

As is the case for all new license holders, Toronto High Park FC will be fielding male and female teams in the U13 age group.  Player trials will begin in September this year, for the 2018 season commencing next May.  THPFC will be making additional program announcements, including the schedule for player trials, in the coming days.   

“Participation in the OPDL gives our young players the best opportunity to reach their full potential in soccer,” said Chris Eveleigh, Technical Director at Toronto High Park Football Club.  “As an integral component of the Talented Pathway, OPDL provides aspiring players the year-round training, nationally-licensed coaches, top-notch facilities and game competition to optimize their development, and their opportunities within the sport.

“The benefits of OPDL, in particular its adherence to the principles of Long-term Player Development (LPTD), extend to all programming within our Club.  Our grassroots programs, for example, are fundamentally stronger because we meet the standards of an OPDL Club,” added Mr. Eveleigh.       

About the OPDL

Launched in 2014 with the 2001 age group, the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) is one of the province's first standards-based, youth high performance leagues combining top level competition with strict, high performance training standards.  This innovative exciting youth high performance program is an important component of the overall movement to adopt the core principles of Long Term Player Development (LTPD) across soccer at large in Ontario and Canada.  By 2018, OPDL will also encompass the U13 to U17 age categories, for both males and females.

About Toronto High Park Football Club

Founded in 1982, Toronto High Park Football Club (‘THPFC’) delivers rewarding soccer experiences for more than 4,000 active children and adults within communities across western Toronto.  THPFC offers a comprehensive portfolio of quality recreational and competitive programs that provides opportunities for participants of all ages, abilities and aspirations.  Through the efforts of committed volunteers and a dedicated staff, and with the support of generous sponsors, the Club promotes mental, physical and social development through the great game of soccer, and thus helps children and youth become resourceful, responsible members of their communities.

THPFC operates as a not-for-profit organization.  For further information, please visit


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