OSU awarded one of Canada Soccer’s first National Youth Club Licences

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By OSU Force Academy

Ottawa South United Soccer Club has been announced as one of Canada Soccer’s first-ever Canada Soccer National Youth Club Licence holders.

As the highest amateur youth club designation in Canada, the National Youth Club Licence recognizes the highest achieving organizations from across Canada. The Program is also a key component to Canada Soccer’s Safe Sport Roster that was announced with unanimous support by its membership in May 2019.

“OSU is pleased to be recognized by Canada Soccer for our long-standing commitment and forward-thinking approach as a National Youth Club license awardee. Since 2003, our club has committed to a robust governance and policy frameworks, professional management and investing in the delivery of quality soccer programming. I especially want to thank all our staff, coaches and our volunteers for their efforts towards the continued success of OSU,” noted Club President, Bill Michalopulos.

OSU is also the longest standing Gold Award club as part of Ontario Soccer’s Club Excellence program, and a founding member of their standards-based Ontario Player Development League (OPDL).

“We are pleased to announce the exemplary 39 National Youth Club Licence holders that have worked diligently over the past 12 months to demonstrate a willingness to improve, to collaborate, and most importantly to raise the level of youth football in our country,” said Jason deVos, Canada Soccer’s Director of Development. “Each club worked with Canada Soccer and their respective Provincial and Territorial Member Association to define a roadmap of standards designed to improve the experience for all who participate in the game.”

National Youth Club Licence holders display characteristics and demonstrate behaviours aligned with the highest expectations of governance, administration, infrastructure, and technical; support their Provincial and Territorial Member Association and Canada Soccer Pathways.

Canada Soccer’s Club Licensing Program was launched in 2017 with the Canada Soccer Professional Club Licence. Canada Soccer announced the expansion of the program to youth soccer in 2018 in collaboration with Provincial and Territorial Association Members and incorporating international best practices.

OSU quick kicks

OPDL CUP CROWNS: OSU won a pair of titles as the Boys and Girls U-15 and U-17 OPDL Cup winners were crowned on Aug. 10 at the Ontario Soccer Centre.

A goal in the opening minute of the match set the tone as the OSU U-17 Girls cruised to a repeat OPDL Cup win with a 3-0 victory over Oakville.

A late save on a free kick that seemed destined for the back of the net by Pablo Trujillo would prove to be the difference maker as the OSU U-15 Boys narrowly defeated Hamilton 1-0.

VALENCIA VISIT: La Liga’s Valencia CF Academy was in town for a unique Player Development Camp opportunity in August. Valencia CF Academy coaches Vicent Moscardo Lafuente and Jose Joaquin Gimenez Lopez came to Ottawa and worked with OSU’s U8-U14 boys’ players for the camp. Travis Uren was selected as the Player of the Week and will be invited to visit Valencia’s Academy in 2020.

CANADA CAMP: OSU Alumni Kayza Massey and Olivia Cooke joined the Canadian under-20 women’s national team for an Aug. 11-16 camp in B.C. prior to the start of their respective NCAA seasons with West Virginia University and the University of South Florida. The camp was the first under coach Rhian Wilkinson and served as part of the team’s preparations for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

DANONE DREAMS: OSU’s Anna Swyers has been named team captain for Team Canada’s Danone Nations Cup finals, happening this fall in Barcelona, Spain. The Danone Nations Cup is the world’s biggest football tournament for children aged 10 to 12. Also representing OSU on the male Canadian entry will be Adrian Dagres, Luca Domanico and Isaac Charboneau.

HAPPY TRAILS HARRY TREFRY: OSU Soccer is wishing Harry Trefry, a long time Coach, Manager and Coordinator in the club all the best as he recently completed his final game. Thank you for your commitment and dedication to serving the soccer community for many years!

NEW PROGRAM GUIDE: We are excited to launch our first Program Guide for 2019-2020. Whether you are a returning player with the club or brand new to OSU, we hope that the guide will help you navigate our soccer programming. Check it out online at osu.ca

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