U13-U18 Year-Round Elite Academy

Last updated: Jan 2020

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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 train after school every week night, with inter-squad, full-field sessions, friendlies and league play on weekends.  Players finish training by 5:30 each weeknight, and have the remainder of their day for homework, family life, and other extra-curriculars. Weekends are reserved for game play.  A 6th session each week, dedicated to strength and conditioning, is also encouraged for Elite Academy players, especialy at U15 and older. 


Training sessions and curriculum are designed and run by professional staff coaches (UEFA and CSA licensed coaches), augmented by each team’s Academy coach.  Our formula to producing top players is simple: train with the best players, under the best coaching, more often than any other club in the region, while competing at the highest levels in the province.  

Program Details

Program Information:


  • Training every weeknight after school - 90 minutes (beginning in October).
  • Friendly games will be organized on weekends from October through April (minimum 2 per month in the off-season).
  • Weekly strength training in pre-season phases.
  • Weekly classroom sessions.  These cover: tactical (video), mental and university prep topics. 
  • Fitness program incorporated in regular training and supplemented by extra morning sessions.
  • University Prep module included.
  • Many home games are 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 League Play:  

  • All Elite Academy teams will play in the OPDL - the highest level of play in the Province.
  • 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.

Program Length:

Season begins in October 2019 and runs through to the end of September 2020.   

Player Assessments:

Open tryouts and Academy player evaluations are held in September 2019 and again in February 2020. Players may also be evaluated at any time outside of this period with the approval of the Technical Director.

Please contact one of the Staff coaches below to setup an evaluation:


  See open tryout schedule and details here 


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


School bus transportation is available for most High School students in the city. 

Transportation from schools to training on weekdays will be provided by Roxborough Bus and Bradley Bus Lines.

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

Season Schedule:


Training is at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Monday to Friday. 

Games are played primarily on weekends.

All Elite Academy Players are asked to do one of the supplemental strength and mobility sessions.  Details on that program can be found here.


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


All players must register for (and pay) the appropriate  "Base Registration" fee of $225.00 and the $50 "evaluation fee". From there, players selected to Elite Academy teams will pay the remaining academy fees once accepted to a team.  These will be depend on the specific team that each player is selected to.  

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



For more informaiton, please email:

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