After four days of hard training in Toronto last week, the new U-15 talent identification program wrapped up its fourth camp of the year.

Three initial camps identified talented players that were then brought to Toronto last week for four more days of training under the guidance of coaches Ante Jazic and Paul Stalteri.

It presented a good initial collaboration between provinces, professional clubs, and Canada Soccer as highlighted in the Canada Soccer Men’s EXCEL Pathway presented on 3 June.

“We were delighted to be able to travel across the country, identifying talent in collaboration with the respective Provincial/Territorial Associations and Technical Directors in Canada, bringing in the most talented players from each region and having the opportunity to evaluate them in an environment where they were competing with the best players,” said Jazic, a former defender on Canada’s Men’s National Team. “We thank the professional clubs for their participation in the process, hosting us and providing us with the opportunity to compete against their academy players in top class facilities.”

Over the course of the evaluation process, players from nine provinces were assessed in the hopes of aiding in providing a bridge for players looking to play at a higher level in the hopes of becoming professionals.

Current members of Canada’s Men’s U-20 Team Dylan Carreiro and Fraser Aird also were on hand to speak of their own experiences breaking into the world of professional soccer to the players.

“The collaboration demonstrated between provinces/territories, professional clubs and Canada Soccer has already proven to be a great success,” said Technical Director Tony Fonseca. “This series of events engage the regional and provincial member associations and their programs that underpin the national program to align.”