Thank you for your interest in Soccer Academy Alliance Canada; Associated Member of Ontario Soccer, Ontario Registered Academy (ORA) Program – 2019.
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.
Interested parties are requested to contact SAAC through our CONTACT US page on this website. Please note that we will contact all groups that have in interest in SAAC League Play for the 2019 season.
Deadline for Academy Membership application submission is January 31, 2019