Player Development

Wellness to World Cup

Wellness to World Cup LogoCanada Soccer's Wellness to World Cup Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) model is designed to optimize Canadian excellence and lifelong wellness through soccer.

By ensuring fun playing experiences for children, a suitable player development pathway for youth, and opportunities for lifelong participation for all players regardless of age, gender, ability or disability, LTPD provides a framework for the growth and success of the beautiful game in Canada.

 Long-Term Player Development (LTPD)

LTPD is a program for soccer development, training, competition and recovery based on biological age (physical maturity) rather than chronological age. It is player-centered, coach-driven and supported by administration, sport science and sponsors alike.



  • Eliminates gaps in the player development system
  • Guides planning for optimal athlete performance at all stages
  • Provides a framework for program alignement and integration, from volunteer club coaches to national and professional teams
  • Follows scientific principles and pratical coaching experiences

Benefits for players & parents

  • Better understanding of what makes a good soccer program
  • More players learning at their level and having fun
  • Appropriate game and league structures (e.g. size of balls, goals, fields, etc.)
  • More opportunity for players to realize their athletic potential
  • More coaches who are knowledgeable in leading safe, effective practices

Benefits for coaches & clubs

  • Information and education on effective coaching and practice methods
  • Guidelines for appropriate game structures
  • Guidelines for appropriate competition levels
  • Established pathways for player development for all levels of ability and ambition
  • Affirmation of best practices for coaches and club administrators

Benefits for all

  • Competitive behaviour is fostered in players, while over-competitive behaviour is discouraged in adults (coaches and parents)
  • Players, parents, coaches and administrators understand that players are unique and therefore different in interest and aptitude
  • Players stay involved in the sport throughout their lives (as players, coaches, referees or club administrators)
  • Soccer grows, and lifelong wellness is promoted for players of all ages, genders and levels of ability and disability


Get an overview of the Wellness to World Cup model with the matrix (pdf).

Curious about the recommendation to eliminate league standings in youth soccer under LTPD? Read this leaflet (pdf).

Learn more about the seven stages of Wellness to World Cup in the brochure (pdf).

For in-depth presentation of the model, browse through the Wellness to World Cup - Volume 1 manual (pdf).

For more details on the national model of Long-Term Athlete (player) Development, visit the Canadian Sport for Life website.

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