Active For Life
At any stage in the LTPD model, players may choose to play soccer as a purely recreational activity regardless of their level of ability or disability. Soccer can be enjoyed as an integral part of any personal lifelong wellness plan. Adult players can also become active in the coaching and administration of the sport.
The recruitment and retention of players, coaches, referees and administrators is key to the ongoing development of both grass roots and elite soccer in Canada through the LTPD model.
Physical– Follow appropriate guidelines in the areas of endurance, strength and flexibility training to remain active.
Technical–Learn new skills, or use and maintain skills already acquired.
Tactical– Basic tactics are sufficient to enjoy the game at a recreational level.
Mental– Focus on having fun, in addition to stress release and fitness discipline.
Soccer For Life
Youth players continue: Players from U11 to U14 sometimes stop playing due to other interests, lack of success, shortage of playing opportunities,poor leadership, or other reasons. The LTPD model promotes personal success to ensure players stay involved in soccer and sport in general.
Elite players retire: After they retire from elite competition, advanced soccer players should receive support to pursue soccer careers as coaches,sport science specialists, mentors, referees or administrators. Soccer and its governing bodies benefit when suitable elite players are formally identified and retained within the fabric of the game.
Late newcomers arrive: Soccer attracts new players at all ages. Some start playing past the age of critical development because their son or daughter is involved in soccer, while others simply want to try a new sport. Learning new skills is encouraged while maintaining healthy physical conditioning and enjoyment.