Player Pathway/Long Term Player Development
Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) is a CSA soccer-specific adaptation of the Long-Term Athlete Development model (LTAD) developed by Canadian Sport Centres. LTAD is a scientific model for periodized athlete training and development that respects and utilizes the natural stages of physical, mental, and emotional growth in athletes. Like the LTAD program, LTPD is designed to:
1. Promote lifelong enjoyment of physical activity.
2. Provide a structured player development pathway.
3. Describe best practices for elite player development.
4. Create long-term excellence.
The soccer environment in British Columbia provides a number of opportunities to participate which services players of all age, abilities and levels (shown in the Player Pathway). BC Soccer also would like to share with all players the ideal Playing Environment (also shown below).