Ottawa soccer clubs could combine to improve development

Three Ottawa soccer clubs could some combine into one larger organization to improve the development of young, local talent, which follows the direction of Ontario’s largest soccer organization.

The Nepean Hotspurs, Nepean City and Ottawa Royals soccer clubs have a total of more than 5,000 players registered in their three organizations.

A recent decision by the Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) promoted “long-term player development. The potential amalgamation of the clubs will produce more high caliber players.

Locally, the soccer club with the highest level of player development is the Ottawa Fury, which recently joined the North American Soccer League and will play out of the redeveloped Lansdowne Park.

Ottawa Fury FC, as their professional team will be called, has also become Canada’s fifth academy program, joining clubs in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton.

Ottawa is one of six Canadian host cities for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Championships. Clubs believe these large-scale international events help spark new youth players.

   
 

FIFA estimates about 2.7 million Canadians currently play soccer, and there has been a growing number of Canadian teams in North America’s most premier soccer league, Major League Soccer.

But the national team has not been able to improve results over the past several years.

The women’s national team is doing well, ranked seventh in the world, but the men’s team is ranked out of the top 100 and sits behind such countries as Iraq, Botswana and Equatorial Guinea.

Also, Canada’s last and only appearance in the FIFA men’s World Cup came in 1986 where they failed to win a game.

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