League1 Ontario announced today that Canada Soccer’s National Development Centre Ontario (NDC Ontario) has been approved to enter a team into the League1 Ontario Women’s Premier Division for the 2022 season.
"This is exciting news for the League1 Ontario Women’s Division and is a big compliment to our Premier Division license holders, serving as recognition for how much the league has developed over the years.” said League1 Ontario Chairman, Dino Rossi. “Helping grow the opportunities for competition and develop women’s soccer is extremely important. The addition of the NDC Ontario team is a big boost to our efforts to continue to elevate both the competition level and the reputation of our Women’s Premier Division and it creates fantastic new opportunities for many of the most talented young women in Ontario to play at the highest level available domestically.”
As part of a fully aligned program led by Women’s National Team Head Coach Bev Priestman, the participation of Canada Soccer’s NDC Ontario in League1 Ontario will provide additional competition opportunities for Canada’s young elite players in their development on the Women’s National Team Player Pathway. It also provides golden identification opportunities for the top talent playing on L1O teams across the league to perform in front of National Team staff.
Canada Soccer’s Women’s EXCEL Program is an advanced, fully-aligned, player development system that presents an exciting vision and a clear pathway for Canada’s elite players and staff. The Program includes National Development Centres in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec as well as Regional EXCEL Centres across the country in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. For Canada Soccer’s most talented player from the U-15 to U-18 levels as part of the Women’s National Team Player Pathway, it offers a world-class experience befitting a soccer program that continually has its sights set on reaching the podium at FIFA World Cups and the Olympic Games.
About League1 Ontario
League1 Ontario is the province of Ontario’s Pro-Am, standards-based, senior league. Founded in 2014, the league began with a ten-team Men’s division, which has now grown to 22 Men's teams and includes a separate 20 team Women’s division. League1 Ontario serves as a stepping stone between the high-performance youth level and elite amateur and professional levels of the game.
Owned and managed by Canadian Soccer Business (CSB) and sanctioned by FIFA through the domestic bodies of Canada Soccer and Ontario Soccer, League1 Ontario’s primary focus is the showcase and development of Canada’s future stars.