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

Former ANB player renews contract in Serie A

Sept, 2017 (RELEASE) – Former female ANB Futbol athlete, Madison Solow (1992 born), has renewed her professional contract in Italy with newly promoted Serie A women’s club, Fimauto Valpolicella (female division of Serie A club Chievo Verona).  Fimauto Valpolicella (http://www.asdvalpo.it) won the women Serie B title in 2016 with Madison being a regular starter on the 1st team.  During the summer, Madison was offered a professional contract with two French clubs (ASPTT Albi and Rodez AF) after showing well in official trials.  However, she was happy with the Italian club and decided to stay in Verona, Italy.  A recent article of her decision can be found here: http://www.tggialloblu.it/pages/620084/calcio_donne/valpo_fimauto_con_solow_domani_a_sassuolo.html

Madison trained & played with ANB Futbol during her youth development years.  She was part of the Canadian Youth national team program and received a soccer scholarship from University of California (Irvine) where she graduated in 2014.  After graduation, Madison traveled to Europe to play with various clubs.  At the senior international level, Madison has represented Poland during the 2015 Euro Qualification phase.  During her offseason time in Canada, Madison would continue her training at ANB Futbol.

“Despite Mady receiving two official offers from French clubs, we fully respect Mady’s decision to stay in Italy and we wish her much success.  She will be playing at the highest level of female futbol in Italy!  As can be read in the article, she is an integral part of Fimauto Valpolicella plans.  I know she will do well since she has a fantastic work ethic and strong technical abilities built from her training days at ANB Futbol,” says ANB Academy Director, Bassam Naim.

 

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SAAC Girls Clinic Registration: August 26th

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We’ve confirmed that we will be hosting our girls soccer clinic on August 26th at The Hangar, located in Downsview Park!

Prices for the clinic are as follows:

  • Morning Session: $40
  • Afternoon Session: $40
  • Full Day: $60

Clinic Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis. No refunds available.

Snacks and beverages will be provided to those who attend, although, we encourage players to bring a separate refillable water bottle.

The Clinic will involve:

  • Drills with academy coaches, activities, games, technical drills, giveaways, scrimmage games and much more!
  • Lunch will be provided to those staying for the “Full Session”
  • Every person that registers will receive a “Canada vs. Jamaica” postcard
  • The first 42 people to come to the event will receive a “Canada vs. Jamaica” poster!
  • 4 Mini Canada Soccer Balls and 2 Pairs of Tickets for “Canada vs. Jamaica” will be raffled off to those who do full day sessions. People who register for full day sessions will obtain 1 raffle ticket and have the option to purchase more.

Online registration has closed, you may do a walk-in entry on the day of the clinic with cash only.

Contact saac.operations@gmail.com with the subject line “2017 SAAC Girls Clinic” for any further questions.

Adonijah Reid, Former ANB Futbol Player, Joins Ottawa Fury FC

Adonijah Reid, a 17-year-old Generation Adidas forward who formerly played for ANB Futbol has joined Ottawa Fury FC in the North American Soccer League.

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Adnoijah Reid being interviewed last November at our SAAC Championship weekend.

Reid was chosen 40th in the 2017 MLS Superdraft by FC Dallas. He is one of the two Canadian Generation Adidas players to ever be selected in the MLS SuperDraft.

For the full details of the Adonijah Reid signing, click here!

 

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#SAACGameOfTheWeek

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Soccer Academy Alliance Canada is proud to announce #SAACGameOfTheWeek!

#SAACGameOfTheWeek will showcase one game that will have live tweets and in-game updates as an attempt to further promote the talent around our league!

Our first #SAACGameOfTheWeek will be announced shortly for this upcoming weekend. Stay tuned to our social feeds for all the latest information.

Twitter: @SAACSoccer

Instagram: @SAACSoccer

YouTube: SAACTvCanada

SAAC U8 Spring Festival Dates

Soccer Academy Alliance Canada is proud to announce that our U8 Festivals will be kicking off this weekend at St. Joan of Arc. See below for the remaining dates during the Fall season.

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