OPDL Trial Process

Cambridge Youth Soccer’s 2020 OPDL Trial Process for existing OPDL Players as well as Non-OPDL players. All registered players will have several opportunities to be evaluated starting September 2019. The OPDL has detailed the Trial Process and provided specific guidelines, focused on player identification and enhanced player experience. The trial process will be divided into three Phases, as outlined below.

Special Notes:

Please note pre-registration for the OPDL Open Trials is required.

There is no cost to attend Open Trials.

Players SHOULD attend a minimum of three (3) Open Trials in order to be considered for the OPDL Team.

Phase I – Non-OPDL Players

Objective: Identify Players Outside OPDL Environments

Activities: Open Trials and Invitation Only Trial

Period: September 3 to January 31

U13 Girls (born 2007)

Date Time Location
Friday, September 6 6:00 – 7:30pm Jacob Hespeler #3 (Grass Field)
Saturday, September 7 11:00am – 12:30pm Jacob Hespeler #3 (Grass Field)
Sunday, September 8 11:00am – 12:30pm Jacob Hesepler Turf

U14 Girls (born 2006)

Date Time Location
Friday, September 6 8:00 – 9:30pm ComDev Indoor Soccer Park
Saturday, September 7 2:00 – 3:30pm Jacob Hespeler #3 (Grass Field)
Sunday, September 8 2:00 – 3:30pm Jacob Hesepler Turf

U15 Girls (born 2005)

Date Time Location
Friday, September 6 8:00 – 9:30pm ComDev Indoor Soccer Park
Saturday, September 7 2:00 – 3:30pm Jacob Hespeler #3 (Grass Field)
Sunday, September 8 2:00 – 3:30pm Jacob Hesepler Turf

U13 Boys (born 2007)

Date Time Location
Friday, September 6 6:00 – 7:30pm Jacob Hespeler #3 (Grass Field)
Saturday, September 7 12:30 – 2:00pm Jacob Hespeler #3 (Grass Field)
Sunday, September 8 12:30 – 2:00pm Jacob Hesepler Turf

U14 Boys (born 2006)

Date Time Location
Friday, September 6 8:00 – 9:30pm ComDev Indoor Soccer Park
Saturday, September 7 3:30 – 5:00pm Jacob Hespeler #3 (Grass Field)
Sunday, September 8 3:30 – 5:00pm Jacob Hesepler Turf

U15 Boys (born 2005)

Date Time Location
Friday, September 6 8:00 – 9:30pm ComDev Indoor Soccer Park
Saturday, September 7 3:30 – 5:00pm Jacob Hespeler #3 (Grass Field)
Sunday, September 8 3:30 – 5:00pm Jacob Hesepler Turf

Phase II Trials – OPDL Players

Objective: Select Full Time Players

Activity: Open Trials and Invitation Only Trial

Period: September 29 to December 1; January 15 to January 31

Player Commitment Letters

If players are currently registered to an OPDL club other than CYS – they must have a letter from his or her club in order to be eligible for CYS trial. Once your form is submitted, please email miranda@cambridgsoccer.ca.

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Any player trialing with another License Holder must be in possession of a completed OPDL Trial Permission Form, in order to be eligible to attend trials with another organization.

  1. Upon receiving a request to complete the OPDL Trial Permission form, Technical Directors shall respond within 72 hours.
  2. Failing to respond will result on the player permission to attend trials with another License Holder.
  3. OPDL License Holders shall not accept participation of a current OPDL player at their trials without an OPDL Trial Permission Form or proof of request submitted without response.

U14 Girls (born 2006)

Date Time Location
Tuesday, October 1 6:00 – 7:30pm ComDev Indoor Soccer Park
Wednesday, October 2 6:00 – 7:30pm ComDev Indoor Soccer Park
Thursday, October 3 6:00 – 7:30pm ComDev Indoor Soccer Park

U15 Girls (born 2005)

Date Time Location
Tuesday, October 1 6:00 – 7:30pm ComDev Indoor Soccer Park
Wednesday, October 2 6:00 – 7:30pm ComDev Indoor Soccer Park
Thursday, October 3 6:00 – 7:30pm ComDev Indoor Soccer Park

U14 Boys (born 2006)

Date Time Location
Tuesday, October 1 7:30 – 9:00pm ComDev Indoor Soccer Park
Wednesday, October 2 7:30 – 9:00pm ComDev Indoor Soccer Park
Thursday, October 3 7:30 – 9:00pm ComDev Indoor Soccer Park

U15 Boys (born 2005)

Date Time Location
Tuesday, October 1 7:30 – 9:00pm ComDev Indoor Soccer Park
Wednesday, October 2 7:30 – 9:00pm ComDev Indoor Soccer Park
Thursday, October 3 7:30 – 9:00pm ComDev Indoor Soccer Park

Field Addresses

Location Address
JHSS (Jacob Hespeler SS) 228 Bechtel Street, Cambridge
Com Dev Indoor Soccer Park 745 Fountain Street N, Cambridge

Phase III Trials – Any Players

Objective: Identify additional players, if applicable

Activity: Open Trials and Invitation Only Trial

Period: February 1 to April 15

Open Trials

An open trial is open to players who desire an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to participate within an OPDL License Holder and is of appropriate age for registration and gender for the team’s designation.

A player must have the opportunity to attend a minimum of 3 of these events before a final decision is made on that player.

Players may attend more than one open trial simultaneously with different OPDL License Holders.

No more than 35 players should be allowed at each open trial to provide for a more responsible evaluation process.

Invitation Only Trials

Involves the interested OPDL License Holder contacting and asking for only specific players to return for further trials.

No player shall undertake more than one invitation-only trial at a time.

A player may attend a new invitation only trial once an existing invitation-only trial has been completed.

A player may attend a different invitation-only trial once the organizers of the existing trial have been informed in writing that the player wishes to terminate that trial.

Assessment Focus during a Trial

During a trial, a player should be evaluated using an LTPD-centered holistic approach, which would include:

  1. Technically unopposed
  2. Tactically, with exercises involving decision making and small-sided games
  3. Physically, with small-sided games and/or 11 a-side play
  4. Mentally, socially and emotionally with player conduct, interaction with players, work ethic, commitment and ability to meet the challenges within the game environment

Under Age/Over Ager Player Guidelines

Ontario Soccer supports the philosophy of continually challenging its member players.

Players potentially moving up, or down, an age group within OPDL must have the ability to blend in (technically, physically, mentally and socially/emotionally) with players of the intended age group, without undue risk of suffering injury.

Ontario Soccer will support the selection of an underage/overage player to OPDL if the player meets these guidelines. Players will be subject to approval by Ontario Soccer Technical staff.

The License Holder selecting the individual shall initiate the Player Movement Evaluation process and must obtain Ontario Soccer approval prior to the individual being eligible to participate in any OPDL activity.

The final selection of an underage/over age player will be at the discretion of the OPDL License Holder.

Notification of Players Not Selected

It is not required for OPDL License Holders to provide verbal one-on-one feedback to players released from an open trial.

Players released from an invitation only trial must be given verbal feedback (minimum 15 minutes with players and player’s parents) as to why they were released.

Once the season has started, there is to be no releasing of players except in circumstances that are driven by and out of control of the players’ family.

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