Player Development & Identification

Scientific research has concluded that it takes eight-to-twelve years of training for a talented player/athlete to reach elite levels. This is called the ten-year or 10,000-hour rule, which translates to slightly more than three hours of practice daily for ten years (Ericsson, et al., 1993; Ericsson and Charness, 1994, Bloom, 1985; Salmela et al., 1998).


A specific and well-planned practice, training, competition, and recovery regime will ensure optimum development throughout an athlete’s career. Ultimately, sustained success comes from training and performing well over the long-term rather than winning in the short-term. There is no short cut to success in athletic preparation. Overemphasizing competition in the early phases of training will always cause shortcomings in athletic abilities later in an athlete’s career.


Given this and following the model set out by the Ontario Soccer Association (click here for more information) we have developed a Program following two primary stages of Active Start and FUNdevelopment prior to players continuing the recreational or competitive path. A bridge between both paths is maintained throughout a player’s time with Erin Mills Soccer Club given the development of young people at varying rates.


For further details regarding each Program please follow the links below:

Recreational Program (House League) U3-U18 & Adult

Competitive Development Program (CDP) U8-U13

Competitive Program (REP) U14-U21  

Hours of Operation:

*temporarily closed*

Monday - Thursday: 5 - 9PM

Friday: 4 - 7PM

Saturday: 10 - 3PM


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