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UMSC is very proud to be among the elite clubs in Ontario who are part of the OPDL (Ontario Player Development League). 

Unionville Milliken Soccer Club has the following OPDL Teams: 

  • 2001 Boys OPDL Team & 2001 Girls OPDL Team
  • 2002 Boys OPDL Team & 2001 Girls OPDL Team
  • 2003 Boys OPDL Team & 2001 Girls OPDL Team
  • 2004 Boys OPDL Team & 2004 Girls OPDL Team
  • 2005 Boys OPDL Team & 2005 Girls OPDL Team


Players wishing to attend UMSC OPDL trials must first register online.


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Trials schedule for our 2019 OPDL boys teams

Trials schedule for our 2019 OPDL girls teams


What is OPDL?

The Ontario Player Development League (OPDL), is Ontario's first standards-based youth high performance league that combines top level competition with strict high performance training standards. This exciting new youth high performance program is an important component of the overall movement to adopt the core principles of Long Term Player Development (LTPD) across soccer at large in Ontario and Canada.


How does a club become a member of the OPDL?

In April 2013, the Ontario Soccer invited Clubs to respond to a Request For Proposal (RFP)  for OPDL membership (2 year license). The Ontario Soccer OPDL Selection Committee reviewed the submitted applications and performed site audits. The Ontario Soccer announced the list of  successful clubs for the 2014 and 2015 Seasons on September 24th. The UMSC is proud to be one of 19 clubs selected into the OPDL.

The Application window opens again in 2015 for the 2016 and 2017 Seasons.

 When does OPDL start and for which age groups?

The OPDL starts in April 2014 with the 2001 (U13) Boys and Girls Teams. A new age group is added the following years as per table below:








U13 (2001)

U13 (2002)

U13 (2003)

U13 (2004)

U13 (2005)

U13 (2006)


U14 (2001)

U14 (2002)

U14 (2003)

U14 (2004)

U14 (2005)



U15 (2001)

U15 (2002)

U15 (2003)

U15 (2004)




U16 (2001)

U16 (2002)

U16 (2003)





U17 (2001)

U17 (2002)






U23 (2001)

What will be the impact on current Youth Competitive Leagues?

The District and Regional Leagues (YRSL, CSL, CGSL) are not affected by the new OPDL. The current Provincial League, OYSL, will be phased out gradually. The 2000 age group will be the last age group in the OYSL

What impact would OPDL membership have on Recreational Leagues?

The UMSC's recreational programs would not be negatively impacted and it would be easier to maintain quality technical staff to support those programs. Membership in the OPDL would necessitate the introduction of the Ontario Soccer's "No Scores/No Standings" policy for all programming up to U-12 by 2016.  (Currently implemented up to and including U-9).


Would the current UMSC Competitive “A” (Red) teams simply become the UMSC OPDL teams?

Open tryouts are mandatory for OPDL teams. The league will announce full details of the OPDL tryout policy after October 1, 2013.

There will be no geographical boundaries for OPDL teams, i.e. we would not be permitted to reserve spots for local, homegrown players. The UMSC players should assume that they would be competing against players from other local clubs for spots on the UMSC OPDL teams. The most skilled and dedicated players would be selected regardless of club origin.

Will there be promotions/relegations in the OPDL?

No. Clubs are awarded 2 year licenses for OPDL membership.


How are players selected into OPDL teams?

Player are selected following a number of Open Trials (see below for details).

Following the conclusion of the Open Trials, Invitation Trials will be sent to successful candidates to participate in the UMSC OPDL Program.|

Players interested in attending the OPDL Open Trials need to complete the OPDL Player Profile Form for Boys or Girls and contact the Boys Technical Director, Filipe Bento or the Girls Technical Director, Paul Omoghan to confirm Trial attendance.


Are there player residency rules in the OPDL?



Are there player movement restrictions in the OPDL?

Yes. Details of the OPDL League Operations to be published in October 2013.


Who should tryout for OPDL teams?

Boys and Girls born in 2001 are invited to tryout for the 2014 UMSC OPDL teams


What would the commitment requirement be for OPDL players?

OPDL teams are required to operate a 10-month season. The OPDL indoor training will begin in mid-January and run through to early April. The OPDL season will consist of 28 games beginning in April and running through to November. OPDL teams will practice a minimum three times a week for 10 months. The OPDL will not be scheduling games on summer long weekends and plans to establish a two-week summer break. A full year calendar will be made available when Clubs are accepted into the League.

If my child does not wish to become soccer-dedicated at U13 could he or she make the choice later?

Yes, open tryouts would be held each year for the team and team head coaches would continue to track the development of all players in their age group. Should your child meet the standard and want to make the extra commitment later in their career, the opportunity would be open.

How does the OPDL affect multi-sport athletes?

The UMSC promotes multi-sport participation as a means to develop an all-round athlete. However, should a player be selected and choose to play at OPDL level it is expected that soccer be their first priority.

Given the overlap of seasons, a player already committed to a winter sport and then selected to OPDL would be worked with to make sure the player benefits and doesn’t miss out.

If my child did not get selected or chose not to play for the OPDL team what other options would I have?

The club is committed to providing soccer opportunities for children of every ability and commitment level. The league structure beneath the OPDL is not fully clear yet and we are seeking more information on this issue but we anticipate the club would continue to enter teams into regional leagues (CSL) and into district league (YRSL). Ideally, each age group would field three tiered, competitive teams, including a select program.  

Why are all OPDL games on Saturday?

Part of the purpose of the OPDL is to expose top players to scouts from the provincial and national teams and from Canadian and U.S. University and College programs. Assembling all the teams in the same place on game day makes this possible. It also reduces travel time for the players.

Who are the UMSC OPDL teams coaches?

 Boys Teams

Filipe Bento 

Position: Club Head Coach / Technical Director - Boys

Profile: Filipe has coached for the UMSC since 2005. He is a National license holder who received his first child, youth and senior license with the UMSC. Filipe has worked with the ‘94 boys National Championship Team. As TD, he currently works with all age groups within the club. Filipe played Pro soccer in Brazil and Portugal.

License: Pre “B” 2006, Provincial “B” 2008, National “B” 2009, National “A” Part 1 2011

Andrei Gapanenko

Position: Head Coach / Technical Staff

Profile: Andrei has coached for the UMSC since 2011. Andrei, a Provincial “B” license holder (2012), received his Pre “B” with the UMSC prior to coaching soccer. Andrei has played for UMSC since U13 - U17 and then played for the Canadian Soccer League from ages 17-22 with multiple teams.  As a technical staff he runs training sessions for other UMSC teams and club programs.

License: Provincial “B” 2012

 Girls Teams

Paul Omoghan

Position: Club Head Coach / Technical Director - Girls

Profile: Paul has coached for the UMSC since 2000. He is a National license holder who received his first child, youth and senior license with the UMSC. Paul has worked with girls ‘88, ‘90, ‘91, ‘92, and ‘93 OYSL teams. As TD, he currently works with all age groups within the club.

License: Pre “B” 2006, Provincial “B” 2008, National “B” 2009, National “A” Part 1 2011


Position: Head Coach / Technical Staff - Girls

Profile: Bill has coached for the UMSC since 1996. He has coached at all levels from grassroots, CGSL, OYSL & Womens. He has played soccer since he was 3 and has played at all levels including college & semi pro and continues to play.

License: Pre “B” 2009, Provincial “B” 2012, CSA National “B” 2013


What are the estimated costs for participation as a player for this OPDL program at UMSC?

The Ontario Soccer has estimated that these costs would be between $4,000 and $4,500 per player annually. The league fee alone is $9,000. All OPDL teams must meet high-level league requirements including technical staff - a National-level team head coach, an assistant coach with a Provincial certification, twice-weekly goalkeeping coaching, strength and conditioning coaching, sports medicine personnel and programs - plus first-quality year-round (10 1/2 month) indoor and outdoor training facilities; full-time administrative and support staff; and many other items.

UMSC has much of this structure already in place. The estimated player fee is $600 to $750 for Indoor Training and $1800 to $2000 for OPDL season for a total of 10 1/2 months of activities. This cost could be reduced with the help of Corporate Sponsorship as well as team and club  fundraising initiatives. In addition, we have a Hardship Fund for families in need.

There would be Ontario Soccer bursaries available to provide partial assistance to a very limited number of young people to play in the OPDL. Financial assistance would be based on family financial situations. 

What is included in the UMSC player OPDL fees?

Indoor Training - November to March (14 weeks approx. - to be confirmed):

Minimum 3 Practice Sessions Per Week

Minimum 2 Goal-Keeper Practice Sessions Per Week

Minimum 1 Fitness Session Per Week, including Baseline and Pre-Season Testing


Athletic Therapist

Nutrition Workshops

Classroom Sessions

Soccer Dome and Gym Rentals

OPDL Season - April to November (32 weeks approx. - to be confirmed):

OPDL League and Player Registration Fees

28 League Games (to be confirmed)

Minimum 3 Practice Sessions Per Week

Minimum 2 Goal-Keeper Practice Sessions Per Week

Minimum 1 Fitness Session Per Week, including Baseline and Pre-Season Testing

Athletic Therapist

Nutrition Workshops

Classroom Sessions

Field Rentals (Turf, Grass, Class A Lit Fields)

Player Uniforms

Team Equipment

End of Season Rep Banquet


Why select the UMSC?

Soccer Development:

Development as a Core Value since 2001.

Standards Based, LTPD Compliant.

Well Defined Structure and Program.

Respected Track Record (National Champions, Ontario Cup Champions, League

Champions, Annual University Scholarships, Alumni  in Canadian Varsity, NCAA,

Team Canada Juniors, Toronto FC, Numerous European Professional Clubs).


Well defined, LTPD Compliant Coaching Philosophy.

Professional Technical Directors for Boys and Girls.

Professional Technical Staff for Each Competitive Team.

Internal Coach Identification and Mentoring.

Strong Investment in Coaching Development.

Large Pool of Volunteer Coaches and Assistants.

Facilities & Equipment:

2 full sized Artificial Turf Fields.

Indoor Turf Soccer Dome.

Numerous A class Lit Grass Fields.

Numerous Large Indoor Gyms.

Active engagement with the City of Markham Facilities & Planning.

Adidas Tier 1 Customer.

Administration & Financial:

Ontario Soccer Club Excellence Gold Award Recipient 

Professional Program Administrators.

Competitive Program is self financing and without subsidies.

Strong Corporate Sponsorship support.

Club is a recipient of a multi-year Trillium Grant in 2012 for LTPD Implementation.

Financial Assistance is offered on a case by case basis.



Strive for Operational Excellence for Practices and Processes.

Stakeholders (Board) are actively engaged in and fully support OPDL participation.

Community Involvement:

Actively supports and participates in numerous community events.

Hosts 3 Tournaments annually (2 Soccer and 1 Golf).

Delivers a Special Needs program all year round.

Recognizes Volunteer Contributions by an Annual Complimentary Banquet.

Lobbies and has a strong voice with the City of Markham on a range of issues and


Host numerous OSA/YRSA Soccer Events such as 1st Pre B Women License,

Coaching Conferences, LTPD Fundamentals Clinics, Ontario Cup Tournaments,

OYSL Opening Weekend (5 years in a row), CSL Cup Finals, etc…

UMSC is proud to be Markham's Soccer Experts