2019 Message from the Chair

SAAC, established in 2005 with a mission to develop the best possible youth players in Canada on a continual and systematic basis. Our members offer best-in-class training, facilities and competition. In the past 14 years, Academy graduates have gone on to professional careers, trials overseas, NCAA scholarships and Canadian Universities. SAAC has some of the most experienced and educated coaches in the country, with over 75 professionally licensed coaches currently employed by its membership.

Soccer Academy Alliance of Canada is proud to have successfully operate SAAC for the past 14 years. SAAC was the first Standard Based Youth Development League in Canada.

At the end of the 2017 season, SAAC signed a 1 – year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ontario Soccer to cooperate with their OASL Academy Pilot Project for the 2018 Season. SAAC entered the Pilot Project in 2018 and assisted with the OASL League operations jointly with Ontario Soccer; temporarily suspending SAAC League Operations for the duration of the MOU.

The 2018 Pilot Project proved difficult and resulted in a significant departure in experience for SAAC youth players and their parents, overall. There were many challenges co-ordinating and operating the OASL League consisting of Academies pooling together from 4 different organizations (SAAC, OASL, CAF and some new academies). The 2018 OASL expanded from 13 academies in 2017, to 45 academies in 2018; an increase of 3 times in Academies and a player base toping over 4,500 youth players. Essentially, the player experience changed, the focus on Player Development was marginalized, and the quality standards SAAC founded and operated on for the past 14 years, could not be maintained.

Numerous SAAC Academies approached the SAAC Board of Directors and expressed their disappointment with the OASL 2018 season. A number of them requested to participate in a SAAC League operations structure in 2019 based on the founding standards established by SAAC, 14 years ago. The SAAC Board of Directors met and agreed with the Academies, applied for Associated Members Status with Ontario Soccer, and is now excited to announce SAAC will commence operation in April – 2019; working with Ontario Soccer as an Associate Member. 

SAAC will be entertaining additional membership applications through to 31 of January, 2019. See our Academy Membership Inquiries section on this website for details.

We look forward to working with our Academies once again during the 2019 season in order to continue on with our mission in the development the best youth players in Canada.

Thank You

Greg Stamkos