We hope everyone is healthy and keeping well. Please be aware that registration for the 2021 outdoor season is now open. Please follow the link below. Registration for this season will be free of charge until the registrant begins appearing at team events. (practices, games, etc.)
Fees will reflect the amount of field time available due to Covid restrictions.
Yours in Football,
Tillsonburg Football Club
Tillsonburg F.C. is excited to be able to announce that it has established an affiliation agreement with Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer, and their local London development center.
“This promises to be a major benefit to our growing club, to the training and development of our coaches and to the young players of our town and region” said club president Mark Locker. “It’s a big move forward for the club. Whitecaps want to be here. They
love our facility, and they want to be connected to the player pool in this area.”
The agreement signifies a commitment by the Whitecaps to provide coach training and a well-honed player development curriculum for Tillsonburg F.C. Along with this, while the local club continues to play independently under its own banner, Tillsonburg F.C. players are considered part of the Whitecaps system, will experience Whitecaps training and will be seen by their scouts on a regular basis.
Players who show significant promise will have the opportunity to train and play with Whitecaps’ OPDL boys’ and girls’ teams (Ontario Soccer’s highest levels of competition).
Locker further noted, “This is significant for a small town club in Southwestern Ontario. In the past, promising players would look elsewhere for an opportunity, would hear the promises of larger clubs in big cities and most of those were empty promises—no clear route into the higher levels of the game, no real player development. Now though, we’re connected with the number one producer of homegrown players, according to Major League Soccer and the professional team that sustains our women’s national team. And our grassroots players are being coached by coaches who themselves will get the best guidance available. Ontario Soccer ranked Whitecaps number one out of the twenty-five OPDL organization in the province in 2019.”
Recent changes to Ontario Soccer (OS) and Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) regulations mean that Tillsonburg Football Club has had to form separately from Tillsonburg Minor Soccer Club. Because we operate inside of the competitive stream that is ultimately affiliated to FIFA (the world governing body), we are not allowed to be part of an unaffiliated organization.
The separation is amicable, and we would direct you to T.M.S.C. if you or your child are looking to play house league soccer.
Tillsonburg Football Club is the provider of developmental, competitive and elite soccer for youth and adults in this area. As such, we seek to meet the standards and expectations of the Canadian Soccer Association for Long Term Player Development.