Schedule announced for Player-Development Program Championship

Edmonton will host Canada Soccer’s inaugural Player-Development Program Championship from 14 to 18 August

Canada Soccer has confirmed the schedule of matches for the inaugural edition of the Player-Development Program Championship that runs 14 to 18 August at the Bill Gilhespy Complex in Edmonton, Alberta. Canada Soccer’s 2024 Player-Development Program Championship will crown national champions in four divisions across two age groups: the PDP U-17 Cup for both boys and girls as well as the PDP U-15 Cup for both boys and girls.

The complete schedule has been published at

The Player-Development Program Championship brings together high-level amateur youth soccer clubs with up to 28 different clubs participating in the first edition (six teams in each division of the PDP U-17 Cup; eight teams in each division of the PDP U-15 Cup). For the inaugural year of the competitions, teams will qualify through established PDP competitions in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Québec.

Qualification pathways for all four provinces are underway with already four different Ontario U-15 teams qualified at the end of 2023: North Toronto SC and Unionville-Milliken SC in the girls’ division; Hamilton United Elite SC and Ottawa South United SC in the boys’ division. A full overview of the qualification process for all four provinces has been published at

In all, Canada Soccer’s 2024 Player-Development Program Championship will feature 50 matches across the four divisions. Group matches will be played 14, 15 and 17 August followed by the ranking and Championship matches on Sunday 18 August. Kickoff times for the matches will be announced at a later date.

About the Player-Development Program
​Canada Soccer’s Player-Development Program features a network of standards-based programs that represent high-level amateur youth soccer in Canada. Participating organisations, both clubs and academies, all meet the requirements for standards-based programming including recognition as an active National Youth Club Licensee.

The new Canada Soccer Player-Development Program Championship strengthens that connection between standards-based programs and showcases their quality of play. Inaugurated in 2024, the competition features clubs from the BC Soccer Premier League, the Alberta Youth Soccer League, the Ontario Player-Development League, and the Québec Youth Soccer Premier League (Première Ligue de Soccer Juvénile du Québec).