Program Overview 

The North Toronto Soccer Club (NTSC) Grassroots Development program is for players from the age of under 8 (2011) to under 12 (2007) for both males and females. All players will train throughout the year under the direction of Tom Waud (Manager of Grassroots Development) and the assigned Long Term Player Development (LTPD) Head Coach and Assistant Coach of the age group, all of which are Children’s licence trained.  

The overall objective of NTSC’s Grassroots Development program is to create a developmental environment for every player that matches his/her individual playing needs and abilities. To do this, NTSC will be following CSA’s Long Term Player Development (LTPD)

Season Duration and Commitment

The 2019 Outdoor season (spring and summer) is 18-20 weeks beginning April 29th and ends early September depending on end of league play.  Sessions will be on both grass and/or turf. 

As players develop throughout their time at NTSC, they will be provided with the opportunity to continue in the program if the following minimum requirements are met: 

For U8 players, during the Outdoor season, players have 3 events per week plus 8 festivals at which 100% attendance is expected - please see our vacation policy under Parent FAQ

For our U9 - U12 players have a total of 4 events (3 practice and 1 game) during the Outdoor season, 100% attendance is expected - please see our vacation policy under Parent FAQ​.

Practice Format

All NTSC grassroots practices we will be following the Ontario Soccer Player Development Model.  NTSC have created an adapted version of the model which can be seen here: 4 Corner Model

Four staff coaches work with players at each training session; one at league games (U9-U12). All coaches have training and experience working with children. Seven NTSC grassroots coaches are among 24 coaches in Canada who have taken the 2-week Canada Children's License training course and are completing this new license.


U8 (2011) - 5 v 5 - Festival format, two games per festival of 30 mins

U9 (2010) - U10 (2009) - 7 v 7 - One game of 50 mins

U11 (2008) - U12 (2007) - 9 v 9 - One game of 70 mins

For more information, please see the Ontario Soccer Development Matrices HERE

Age Group Information Pages

Coaching staff and Outdoor schedules 2019

U8 - 2011     Girls  |  Boys

U9 - 2010     Girls  |  Boys

U10 - 2009   Girls  |  Boys

U11 - 2008   Girls  |  Boys

U12 - 2007   Girls  |  Boys