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Title: Canada Club Soccer

Canada Club Soccer
  • Club Symposium ? Toronto ? April 14-15, 2007

Opening Remarks Bob Lenarduzzi
  • Bob is a former North American Soccer League
    star, Canadian International, and coach of the
  • national and Olympic soccer teams. He is
    currently Head of Soccer Operations for Whitecaps
    F.C. in
  • Vancouver. He is a member of the National Soccer
    Hall of Fame.
  • Club career
  • Reading F.C. in England
  • NASL Vancouver Whitecaps
  • NASL North American player of the year in 1978
  • NASL Soccer Bowl Champion in 1979
  • National team playing career
  • Lenarduzzi won 47 caps playing for Canada
  • 1984 Summer Olympics
  • 1986 World Cup finals
  • Coaching career
  • Vancouver 86ers
  • Canada Mens National Team Head Coach 1993-1997

FIFA Mens World Rankings
  • The March 2007 FIFA Ranking was 103 out of 207.
  • The March 2007 CONCACAF Ranking was 13 out of 35.
  • Of those ahead of Canada include
  • Mexico
  • USA
  • Costa Rica
  • Honduras
  • Panama
  • Cuba
  • Jamaica
  • Trinidad Tobago
  • Haiti
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines

FIFA Womens Rankings
  • The March 2007 FIFA Ranking was 10 out of 142.
  • The Womens program has been consistent the past
    4-5 years with the FIFA rankings
  • It is evident that womens football is developing
    rapid in other countries.
  • Canada must continue to elevate womens football
    initiatives to maintain international status.

Introduction to Canada Club Soccer and Club
  • John Pugh
  • President and CEO, Ottawa Fury Soccer Club

Diverse and successful career in academia, high
technology, business and more recently in the
world of soccer CEO and Owner, Ottawa Fury
(2002-gt) Grown Club from 1 womens team to Club
with Academy programs (U1-U13), SYL Teams
(U14-U20) plus W-League and PDL teams Member of
the USL Owners Committee, the W-League Executive
Committee, the OSA Senior Pyramid of Play Review
Working Group and the Site Organizing Committee
for the Ottawa portion of the 2007 FIFA U20 World
Cup. W-League Executive of the Year,
2004 Director, School of Computer Science,
Carleton University (9 years) Undergraduate,
Masters, Ph.D. and Co-op programs A pioneer in
the field of Object-Oriented Systems, John is
co-author of five books, was the editor of an
industry newsletter, and is an author of many
columns, articles and research papers. He was a
regular speaker at international industry
conferences and served on numerous leading
academic and industry committees. Founder and
CEO of The Object People Inc, (1990-2000) Grew
education, consulting and software tools company
from 3 employees to 120 employees in 5 countries
over a 10 year span. Led company from start-up to
acquisition VP World-Wide Education BEA Systems
(2001-2002) grew BEA Education Division to 120
employees worldwide, tripled its annual revenue
and trained 5,000 channel partners Soccer
Career Semi-Professional British
Universities, Swansea City, Llanelli, Durham
City, Sheffield FC, Ottawa Falcons
Why we are here?
  • The founding members believed that it was
    essential to bring together clubs to formalize
    and create the initial membership.
  • The Inaugural Club Symposium will lay the
    framework for the future development of CCS.
  • The Club Symposium will be used to develop a
    position statement on CCSs philosophy and
    present some of the key issues surrounding the
    sport to the governing associations and the
    soccer public.
  • Most of all, the individuals here care about the
    future of the sport in Canada and want to lead a
    new direction for club soccer.

What is Canada Club Soccer?
  • Canada Club Soccer, CCS, was founded in
    November of 2006 by a group of club operators and
    technical directors that are passionate about
    growing and developing the sport of soccer in
    Canada. Canada Club Soccer is an organization
    committed to the support and development of
    competitive level soccer clubs in Canada. It is
    founded on the belief that soccer clubs, which
    are in the business of player development, need
    an organization of their own to foster growth,
    address concerns, and provide programs with a
    minimum of rules and restrictions.

What the Founding Members Envision for Canada
Club Soccer
  • To Create, Develop, and Grow the best soccer
    organization, and support the national governing
    body, to foster the growth and development of
    club soccer programs throughout Canada. The
    result of which will be to improve the level of
    play of the competitive soccer player, and
    thereby the Canadian national teams and
    professional leagues.

Essential Aspects for Success
  • Agenda

Break Out Sessions
  • Governance. How and has the governance of the
    sport restricted club growth? How should
    governance lead the sport and promote healthy
    competition for club development?
  • Technical. What are the technical challenges
    facing players, coaches, and clubs in Canada?
    What role do clubs play in the technical aspects
    of the sport and how can clubs aid the CSA in
    player identification?

1000 1230 PM
Break Out Sessions
  • Individuals will be placed into working groups.
  • Each working group will contain a leader
    (founding member), who will guide the discussion.
  • Group members will discuss major key issues
    surrounding the sport at the technical and
    administrative areas.
  • Identify the Issue
  • Provide Examples
  • Provide Solutions
  • The key issues will then be presented by each
    group after lunch.
  • The symposium attendees will identify the major
    key issues surrounding clubs and the various
    technical and administrative areas.

1000 1230 PM
Break out sessions
1000 1230 PM
  • Break Out Session Review
  • 130 315 PM

Break Out Session Review
  • Summary Reports presented by each break out
    session group
  • Each group will present discussion topics and
    core issues surrounding clubs and the development
    of the sport.
  • Once key issues are presented by each group, the
    focal issues to advocate change will be
    identified and discussed by all in further
  • A formal position will be assembled for inclusion
    in the CCS report.

130 315 PM
Group Presentation Key Issues
Issue 1 Issue 2 Issue 3 Issue 4 Issue 5 Issue 6
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Group 4
Group 5
130 315 PM
  • Invited Presentation
  • 315 430 PM
  • The impact club soccer has on development of
    the sport and how the U.S. has created a
    competitive environment to provide opportunities
    to players, coaches, and administrators
  • Matt Weibe, USL Managing Director of Club

Matt Weibe
  • Professional
  • USL 1999 - Present
  • USL Managing Director, Club Development - Present
  • Created and Developed the USL Super Y-League
    Super-20 League
  • US Soccer Professional Council Member - Present
  • US Soccer Technical Committee Member - Present
  • US Soccer Youth Task Force Member - Present
  • US Soccer Board of Director (2002-2006)
  • Education
  • B.A. Sport Management, Bethany College (WV)
  • Playing Background
  • NCAA Bethany College (WV)
  • 1996 Player of the Year, All Conference Selection
    (96, 97, 98)
  • Personal
  • Hometown Severna Park, Maryland, USA

Innovating Soccer
  • Soccer has experienced significant growth at all
    levels in the U.S. over the past decade.
  • The U.S. currently has over 4.2 million
    registered players.
  • The U.S. has a comprehensive professional
    structure at the division I (MLS), division II
    (USL First Division), division III (USL Second
    Division) levels.
  • In addition the U.S. contains the top development
    leagues within the PDL, W-League, Super-20
    League, and Super Y-League.
  • State-of-the-art stadiums and soccer facilities
    are being built coast-to-coast.
  • Elite club soccer has a multitude of competitive
    platforms within US Youth Soccer, US Club Soccer,
    and AYSO.
  • Recreational soccer is flourishing at the youth
    and adult levels.
  • The U.S. has developed successful national teams
    at virtually every level on the youth, mens, and
    womens sides.
  • Our governing body is financially sound and

Soccer in the United States
US National Teams
US Mens National Team
US Womens National Team
Professional Soccer
Major League Soccer
USL First Division
USL Second Division
Youth Soccer
Super Y-League
Super-20 League
US Club Soccer
Club Soccer
  • Club Soccer has evolved into a major business in
    the U.S. over the past decade.
  • The once volunteer organizations have transformed
    into businesses that contain large numbers of
    players, paid coaches and administrators, and,
    have developed private facilities.
  • It is typical that major competitive clubs
    operate on yearly budgets between 1-2M per year.
  • Professional soccer clubs are now vertically
    integrating to operate their own youth academies.
  • Clubs are now a major contributor to the sport
    and player development.
  • Elite clubs have outgrown the recreational
    philosophies and rules that were established in
    the past to grow participation numbers.

Youth Breakdown
  • From and organizational perspective we have
  • different categories of US Soccer Members
  • National Members gt250,000 players
  • US Youth Soccer (55 state associations) (3.2M)
  • AYSO (800K)
  • National Affiliates gt26 states but less than
    National Members
  • Super Y-League (20K)
  • US Club Soccer (140K)
  • Other Affiliates lt26 states but more than 3
  • SAY (100K)
  • USSSA (10K)

Organizational Competition
  • US Soccer contains Member Organizations that
    compete for their position within the US soccer
  • Clubs can choose which organizations and programs
    to join based off their needs.
  • Clubs can be registered with multiple Member
  • Different organizations operate player
    identification programs for US National Teams.

Challenges that resulted in alternatives
  • State Associations monopolized the sport at the
    youth level, and were not susceptive to listening
    to clubs about developing the sport.
  • These associations were restrictive, governed by
    recreational rules, volunteer based, fragmented,
    political, and in many areas lead by boards that
    did not understand the sport and how to develop
  • With the evolution of clubs, there was a demand
    from club leaders for an environment that
    provided less restrictions, promoted club growth,
    and was professionally managed.
  • This was the result of organizations such as the
    USL Super Y-League and the formation of the state
    associations competitor US Club Soccer.

Interplay and club protection rules
From US Soccer Bylaw 603. Section 1. One
Organization Member may not require that all of
the players, coaches, teams, and administrators
of another Organization Member (who have been
registered with, and fees paid to, the Federation
as required by section 1 of Bylaw 212) be
registered with the first Organization Member as
a condition for only some of those players,
coaches, teams, or administrators participating
in the activities of the first Organization
Member. The first Organization Member may require
registration of only those players, coaches,
teams, and administrators of the other
Organization Member that actually participate in
the activities of the first Organization Member.
Those players, coaches, teams, and administrators
of the other Organization Member registering with
the first Organization Member shall comply with
all of the regular registration requirements of
the first Organization Member. Section 2. An
Organization Member (other than a Professional
League) shall not discriminate against the
participation of players, teams, coaches or clubs
on the basis of that player, coach, team, or
clubs membership in, or affiliation with,
another organization. The Federation encourages
its Organization Members to allow teams of all
other Members to participate in tournaments
sponsored by them or any of its organization
members when the teams otherwise comply with the
tournament eligibility requirements. A tournament
sponsor may charge each team of another Member an
additional fee of not more than 25 to
participate in the tournament.
What has this done?
  • The competition environment has made programs,
    clubs, and organizations better.
  • There are alternatives for competitive clubs.
    Prior there were only competitions within state
    associations, which restricted competitive clubs
    and organizational growth.
  • Clubs have choices to join programs based on
    their needs and demands.
  • When the market demands change, changes can be
    made easier.

What did it take to make changes?
  • Over the past eight years, clubs have come
    together to develop consensus on key issues of
    the sport.
  • It has taken a collaborative effort to bring club
    leaders together.
  • Club leaders have given themselves a voice by
    coming together to present issues
  • Governing associations have evaluated rules and
    policies, new organizations have been created,
    and the game has changed from where it was a
    decade ago.

Club Findings
  • Soccer Club Findings from US Club Soccer Summit
  • Soccer decisions need to be made by soccer
    professionals and not administrators.
  • Soccer clubs need to be managed and allowed to
    make decisions like any other business, with a
  • minimum of restrictive rules.
  • Day to day operations need to be managed by
    business professionals.
  • Player identification and development needs to
    happen within the Club.
  • Players need to be allowed the flexibility
    within the club to play at their level of ability
    or potential.
  • Clubs need to be able to develop a competitive
    calendar that allows them to play more of their
    games at the appropriate competitive level.
  • Considering the above key concepts of the vision
    statement, it was decided that the most
    significant barriers facing the sport of club
    soccer in pursuit of this vision are
  • Soccer politics at the state and national level.
  • Obtaining consensus within the club to adopt
    certain club-wide actions.

Where is the U.S. going?
  • What worked 20 years ago doesnt work in 2007.
  • Recently the US Soccer governance went through
    changes so the decision making process can become
    better and less political.
  • The U.S. is continuously assessing programs,
    leagues, organizations, player development, and
    professional development.
  • More soccer stadiums and facilities are being
  • Club development is a major priority.
  • We want to win a mens World Cup and maintain our
    status at the womens level.

Questions and Answers
  • Group Discussion
  • Sunday

  • Group Discussion Priorities
  • 900 1130 AM

Short Term Objectives (1)
  • Appoint Executive Committee
  • Approve Mission Statement
  • Legitimize Canada Club Soccer
  • Develop Initial Media Release
  • Symposium Summary
  • CSA Urge to keep TD and Mens Coach positions
  • Distribute Symposium Package to all attendees

Short Term Objectives (2)
  • Membership Recruitment
  • Seek Members to complete National Coverage
  • Exec Members to hold regional meetings
  • Accept invitations to governing body meetings
  • Develop initial set of position papers based on
    governance and technical development consensus
    from Symposium

Key Issues
  • Governance
  • Define the minimum standards and accreditation
    for clubs.
  • Creation of a best practices document for club
    technical and administrative operations
  • Implement vertical age integration within club
  • Create structure for player movement between and
    within clubs
  • Differentiate between recreation and elite
    development create a new tier of elite
    development opportunities
  • Define a player development pathway from
    grassroots to national team programs
  • Creation of standardized and defined roles for
    clubs, provincial associations, the national
    association, and professional clubs
  • Consistency and simplicity of rules and
    regulations across Canada
  • Implementation of a national insurance and player
    registration program
  • Competition
  • Facilitate the best possible playing
    opportunities for each level of development from
    grassroots to elite
  • Financial Development
  • Create collaborative sponsorship initiatives
    between clubs, provincial associations, and CSA
  • Provide resources or consultants for clubs to
    create plans for facilities or facility
  • Technical Development
  • Standardize NTC programs across Canada
  • NTC to become a scouting program evaluating
    players in their club environment, not a training
  • Develop a national scouting network to aid
    identification of national level players
  • Develop safety nets in the scouting network to
    ensure that players do not slip through the
  • Provincial associations and CSA to borrow players
    as in the rest of the world.
  • Develop coaching and technical programming
    tailored to the clubs
  • Give the authority of qualified technical
    directors the ability to certify their internal
    coaching staff at appropriate level.
  • Establish standard continuous coaching education

Immediate Issues
  • Must have separation of Mens National Team Head
    Coach and Technical Director roles. The CSA must
    hire someone to perform an analysis of the sport
    in Canada and develop a plan to foster the growth
    and support of clubs.

Priority of Issues
  • Technical
  • Governance

Formalize and Define Membership
  • Develop charter and establish not-for-profit
  • Establish formal membership and criteria
  • Who can join?
  • How to apply?
  • Future membership meetings
  • Provincial
  • National
  • Financial Commitment (Develop Consensus)
  • Financial Priorities
  • Executive Director
  • Future Meetings
  • Web Site
  • Chairman travel expenses
  • Membership Development

Formation of Canada Club Soccer and Mission
  • Appoint Chairman
  • Appoint Vice-Chairman
  • Create Committees
  • Technical Development Committee
  • Focus on Key Technical Issues and Develop Best
  • Governance Committee
  • Develop CCS Bylaws, Policies
  • Assess Provincial and CSA Bylaws
  • Membership Committee
  • Develop more membership for CCS
  • Connect with other clubs
  • Legal Committee
  • Work on legal issues relating to affiliation
  • Advise CCS and clubs on key legal issues
  • Provincial Coordinators
  • Serve as liaison to Chairman in each Province
  • Play an active role in preventing misinformation
    about CCS

Mission Statement Review
  • To represent and serve the needs of soccer
    clubs in Canada to articulate views and
    positions on behalf of its member clubs to work
    in concert with governing bodies to foster the
    growth and development of soccer throughout

Philosophy Review
  • Canada Club Soccer is built on the belief that
  • Soccer clubs are the key to player development in
    the Canada, and while the Provincial Associations
    play an important role, the game has evolved, and
    new concepts and innovation must be brought to
    the table to advance the sport.
  • Leadership of the sport must be led by influence
    not by authority and power.
  • We have spent too much time governing competitive
    soccer rather than encouraging its growth.  This
    has provided negative results across the board at
    the local and national level. It is our belief
    that the sport needs to be innovated to create
    constant evaluation and improvement for the
    technical and administrative levels.
  • The business of the day-to-day development of top
    youth players rests with the competitive soccer
    club and those leading these clubs.  A
    business-friendly environment must be created to
    develop programs and services which assist the
    competitive club and player, provide a minimum of
    rules and regulations to assure basic fairness,
    and allow clubs the flexibility to build programs
    that meet their needs. 
  • Clubs must work together to grow the club
    system.  This includes speaking with a collective
    voice on important issues affecting them
    assisting clubs organizationally and technically
    and coordinating player development with national
    teams and professional clubs.

  • Canada Club Soccer was founded on the belief that
    the most important organizations to player
    development in the Canada are the competitive
    soccer clubs.  The support of these clubs is our
    number one priority.
  • Our organization, to a great extent, believes
    that allowing clubs the freedom to develop its
    player programs as it sees fit, without
    unnecessary restrictions imposed by
    administrative bodies, will in time, by itself,
    make an important contribution to club and player
  • The empowerment of clubs to develop their own
    programs will always be an important aspect of
    our philosophy.  Having a Board of Directors
    setting policy is balanced between qualified
    technical and administrative leaders is essential
    to ensure that philosophy remains in place.

  • Nevertheless, Canada Club Soccer must develop
    programs to assist
  • clubs and the player development process.  These
  • include
  • The development of technical resources and best
    practices, so that clubs do not necessarily have
    to reinvent the wheel, but can learn from other
    clubs and coaches from a similar geographic,
    demographic, or philosophical framework.  This
    includes members coming together to share
    information, and also over time, develop
    formalized technical practices.
  • Working closely with the CSA to make soccer
    education available to our members on a general
    or course-specific basis.  This also includes CCS
    focusing on club development initiatives and
    developing a Technical Director course for clubs.
  • Continuing to encourage a dialogue and work
    towards the resolution of a national soccer
  • Providing the CSA and the Provincial Associations
    constructive criticism in a professional formal
    environment to improve both the technical and
    administrative areas to foster the growth and
    development of the sport.
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