For players looking for a competitive environment and who have the commitment and desire to improve. Our Club offers teams at various tiers (skill levels)

Program Descriptions

Active Start (2015-2017)

Future Stars

Our Future Stars program is for players born in 2015-2017. This will be a primarily movement based program, teaching players how to run, jump, change direction. Our coaches will create a FUN environment where our players can learn some basic soccer skills with lots of informal play and positive reinforcement. Sessions will be led by members of our full time technical team.

Fundamentals (2013-2014)

Early Development Program

Our Early Development Program (EDP) is aimed at players born in 2013-2014. The EDP is a FUN, highly technical based program that will focus on developing key fundamental soccer skills and building game awareness. Players will be guided and instructed by our Technical Staff. Together, our technical group has years of experience and expertise training players at this key developmental stage. The EDP sessions are the perfect place for your child to accelerate their passion for soccer.

Craig Fannan (OCSC Technical Director) had this to say about the program, “This is the perfect program for those players who are looking for something a bit more advanced than our Recreational Program. It puts players in a challenging, ‘like for like’ environment and allows our players the chance to compete with other players in the Ottawa area. Since its inception, this program has been hugely successful and the quality of players graduating from EDP into our competitive stream has been very high”.

Participants will grow in confidence as they improve and develop new skills and increase their ability to control and manipulate the soccer ball through our 30 minute “Skills Zone”. Then they will apply all they have learned in 30 minutes of “Game Zone” fun, exciting 5v5 small-sided street-soccer style games.

Learn To Train (2012-2009)

At the U9-U12 age group we consider individual development and team performance more important than winning a game. We have a club style of play which all teams are expected to adhere to. In each game we will highlight key areas we have worked on in training and our coaches will judge success based on these parameters vs the actual scoreline of the game. It is important that as parents you understand and support our coaches and players with this philosophy.

  • At U9 to U12 we try not to release any player during assessments who shows the right attitude and commitment to improve.
  • Genders play on separate teams.
  • Technical Performance Training (TPT) – included in registration fees for all competitive players
  • Sports Performance Program – included for Premier players and additional cost for District Competitive players.

Train To Train, Train To Compete (2003-2008)

Our U13-U18 Premier Program is for the most competitive players only. Scores and Standings start to count and while our Club will still focus on development over winning, our ability to compete in games takes a bigger precedent. Every team we enter must be able to compete and achieve some success at their level. Teams will no longer be balanced as we try and give our players every opportunity to succeed. Our goal will be to create a Premier, DC1 and DC2 team at every age group. Player movement between these teams is possible as we understand that players will develop at different times. For any player who doesn’t make a team we will provide an option within our revamped House League Program.

  • Genders play on separate teams.
  • Technical Performance Training (TPT) – included in registration fees for all competitive players.
  • Sports Performance Program – included for Premier players and additional cost for District Competitive players.

Additional Programs

Sports Performance Program (SPP)

-Included in registration fees for all Premier players U9-U18.

-Available at an additional cost for other Competitive players U8-U18

As part of Ottawa City Soccer Club’s Player Development plan, we offer our Sports Performance Program, designed by our Technical Team.

Understanding the importance of training specific skills in small groups allows the players to; complete more repetitions, catch up on fundamentals, improve in advanced skill sets and continue a passion for the game. The Sports Performance Program will focus on 1v1 attacking moves, ball mastery and encourage our players to be confident in trying to execute a variety of 1v1 moves in non-pressure, pressured situations and small sided games. We will also work with players on their physical literacy – covering topics such as speed, agility, explosiveness.

The weekly program is led by our Club Technical Coaches.

Players will work in groups based on skill level.

Players must already be registered in an OCSC Competitive program.

Additional Information

Technical Performance Training

-Included in registration fees for all Competitive players U8-U18.

At Ottawa City we truly believe that a quality training environment is vital if players are to progress Long Term. As a result, Ottawa City Soccer Club offers Technical Performance Training (TPT) included in our outdoor team registration fees for each player at the U8-U18 age levels.

These sessions will follow a pre-planned curriculum working on all aspects of the game: technical, tactical, physical,psychological and social. This holistic approach lays the foundation for them to progress in their journey and maximize their potential. We use a periodization model with key topics worked on throughout the season and ensuring we are not merely reacting to the weekend’s performance.

The TPT covers:

  • Progression of key game concepts which are age and stage appropriate
  • Developing technical proficiency and consistency,
  • Ensuring the player-athlete is catered for within their development,
  • Assist with supporting the players in development of a growth mind-set.

The sessions will be designed by the Club’s Technical Team, and delivered by the Club’s Coaching Staff with support from the Technical Staff. Sessions are included within the competitive calendar and players will work within their assigned teams.


The objective of our Competitive program is to deliver high quality coaching and programming which will enable our players to develop their soccer, teamwork, and sportsmanship skills to the highest levels. We create a safe environment where players are allowed to express themselves without fear of retribution. We understand players will have many different goals from sport and our individual approach to coaching and weekly evaluations will ensure these goals are met.

Please note before registering, that by signing up to play competitive soccer you are making a commitment to a team. Regardless of the tier, players are expected to attend every training session and game. Premier Teams will have 4 events per week. District Development /District Competitive Tier 1/2 Teams will have 3 events per week. This includes some weekend training and festivals. Travel to games will also be required which will depend on the makeup of the league (some games take place in Cornwall, Kingston).

Anyone not maintaining a 85% attendance record may be removed from a team.

The season will start on April 19th and run through until September 12th. There will be a 2 week break which usually takes place the last week of July and first week of August. This will be confirmed by the league once we know more about the upcoming season.

Fee Information

All of your fees in one place. In order to save our members time and money we have decided to roll all of your fees into one. Teams will no longer have their own Team Fees or Bank Accounts. Our Team Managers will no longer have to go through the arduous process of creating team budgets or collecting money. There will be ONE registration fee (which can be broken up into manageable monthly payments) which will take care of everything.

Payment Plan Information

What’s Included: Registration Fee – League/Exhibition Game Fees – Referee Fees – Coaching Fees – OS Fees (Insurance etc) – Facility Fees – Uniform & Training Kit (U8-U10) – Loaned Jersey’s & Training Kit (U11) – Loaned Jersey’s only (U12-U18)- Team Equipment – Pre-Season – 2 Festival/Tournament Entries (KITC, +1)* – Team Party at Boston Pizza*

Premier Team fees also include: 1 additional training session, 1 additional Festival/ Tournament* and a Soccer Profile Player account.

*Due to the Pandemic these events have not been included in 2021 fees.


At Ottawa City we believe that parents are a huge part of a players journey and experience within the game. While we ask that you support the coaches and refrain from coaching from the sideline we believe in open lines of communication. Our coaches will provide weekly reviews with updates about training and thoughts from the games.

At OCSC you will find a fully integrated technical staff who are completely committed to improving every player in our care regardless of tier. We pride ourselves in being transparent and clear in our communications. If you have questions about how your child is developing in the club please just reach out.

We utilize teamsnap across our entire club. Schedules will be uploaded and updated consistently so you never miss a session. Changes are made at the click of a button so any last minute cancellations can be communicated quickly. All we ask is that you keep up to date and plug in your child’s availability for each session.


Due to the ongoing Covid restrictions we aren’t holding assessments this year.

Our Premier Teams will be formed at the end of our winter program (April 11th). These teams will be based on performances throughout our Fall and Winter Programming. We may take a larger training group for the Spring season before finalizing the rosters on May 15th. Anyone who didn’t take part in the Fall/Winter Program would need to contact Craig Fannan in order to be considered for a roster spot. Any new players may be given a trial period throughout the spring season (April 19th-May 15th) before we decide a final placement.

Current Tier 1/Tier 2 Ottawa City players will be placed into competitive ‘pools’ based on their previous seasons placement, coach evaluation and winter performance. These pools will be limited to competitive bubbles of 50 for the duration of the spring program (April 19th-May 15th) after which we will form our teams for the season.

OCSC Spring League

Depending on what restrictions we are operating under we plan to run the Spring Season with a larger focus on gameplay. While training is obviously the most important thing to improve a players skill set we understand that the main reason kids play sports is for the games. This has been absent for the best part of a year now so we want to make sure that this spring we create our own In House League. The goal will be to play as many games as possible to reignite that passion for the game.