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CSA Launches Initiative

Posted on 24 April 2000 in Canada Soccer Pathway (LTPD)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - The Canadian Soccer Association today announced a major initiative designed specifically to further improve overall player development in years to come.

The six component program, titled "A Blueprint for Success" and costing an estimated $2.8 million annually, focuses primarily on the enhanced training of young male and female players across Canada, resulting in the long term in optimum performances on the international playing field.

"Our discussions have been going on for the past year, led by National Team Coach and Technical Director Holger Osieck, "stated Jim Fleming, CSA President. "The definition of what is commonly known as the Osieck Vision, is seeing the Association implement 13 National Teams in 2001, more than doubling what we had in place in 1998."

One of the major planks of the report is the implementation of a full and complete National Development Teams program for both boys and girls, from 15 to 18 years of age inclusive, in annual age groupings. These eight teams will compete internationally at least twice yearly against the best teams in the world in order to improve player skills and overall
long-term athlete preparation. In addition, a special four-year "Olympian" preparation program for the Men's Olympic Team will also be implemented in 2001 leading to the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

"I am very happy with the end result of all our debates over the past year and I now look forward to the discussions which will certainly occur with the publication of this report" said Osieck. " I am also pleased with the introduction of our community-based scouting program which will see the CSA hire and place National Scouts in all major metropolitan regions across Canada. This will ensure we see every player, male and female who deserve to be looked at regularly."

The report was received by the CSA Board of Directors at its March 18 meeting and has now been referred internally for further financial analysis. The "Blueprint" will be addressed at the Annual General Meeting of the CSA to be held in Alliston, Ontario on June 10, 2000.

The report is now available online: CSA Blueprint

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