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CSA Board Endorses "Blueprint For Success"

Posted on 20 November 2000 in Canada Soccer Pathway (LTPD)

Ottawa, Ontario - In perhaps the most important decision ever taken in the history of The Canadian Soccer Association, its membership of provincial and territorial soccer associations unanimously endorsed the “Blueprint for Success” and accompanying 5-year financial plan at a Special General Meeting held in Toronto on Saturday, November 18. The result of this decision will see member fees for the 725,000 registered players increasing substantially over the next five years in order to provide significantly increased quality programming for all sectors of its membership.

Player registration fees will increase from a total of $3.25 per player to $4.25 in 2001, $5 in both 2002 and 2003, and $6 in 2004 and 2005. In addition to also basing fees on the immediate previous year's registration numbers as opposed to the current practice of a two-year lag effect, the impact for 2001 will see the Association's member fees increasing by close to $1 million with an additional almost $800,000 in 2002. The CSA's budget will increase from $7.3 million to at least $8.8 million in total in 2001, $9.5 million in 2003 and rising to almost $11 million in 2004.

“I am ecstatic by the unanimous support shown by the membership in the long term technical and financial plan we have developed and promoted over the past year,” stated CSA President Jim Fleming. “For the very first time in the history of this Association, we have now armed ourselves with the financial tools necessary for developing the sport all across Canada and in all technical areas. In 2001, we will be fielding 10 different National Teams in all age/gender groups, with this increasing to 13 different squads in 2002 and beyond. We will also introduce new programs for coaches, referees and players. The Association is more united and ready to achieve its goal of on-field excellence and overall development than ever before.”

When this technical plan is in full effect by 2002, the Association each year will be operating national teams for both males and females at the U-15, 16, 17, 18, 20 and senior levels, as well as the Men's Olympic U-23 Team. Spending will more than double on Referee and Coaching Development, particularly at the community, grass roots level as well as providing special annual support for the Men's Olympic Team. New special initiatives with the Association's popular and successful website, www.canadasoccer.com will also be implemented to make it a ‘must-see' site for soccer enthusiasts across Canada. The website will feature comprehensive information, diagrams, drills and other tips and will become an increasingly important resource tool for coaches, referees and amateur players.

One of the very first decisions to be implemented will have an immediate impact on the overall National Women's Team program. There will be an overall doubling of the entire Women's Team program budget to more than $1 million annually, with all this occurring on the heels of last week's stunning 3-1 victory by the Women's World Cup squad over the USA in Columbus, Ohio.

Implementation of the plan commences in early January 2001,which will see the beginning of what promises to be an extremely busy year for the CSA. In January, the Men's Under-17 team heads to Mexico for a training camp, the Women's World Cup Team opens its schedule with a camp in Ottawa and the Men's Under-20 Team travels to Central America. The Men's Under-20 CONCACAF qualifiers will be held in British Columbia from February 28 to March 4, 2001.

The Men's World Cup Team will participate in both the FIFA Confederation's Cup in Korea/Japan from May 30 - June 10 along with the Copa America in Colombia, July 12-29, both by virtue of Canada's win earlier this year in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. It is anticipated the Association's teams will play close to 100 international matches, more than double the number of matches ever played in any one year.

The Canadian Soccer Association receives just over $600,000 from Sport Canada, representing about 7% of its forecasted revenues in 2001.


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