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It has been a great year so far for the NFSC - NIAGARA FC OPDL program, but we are always looking ahead and preparing for the upcoming year!!

With that, we are ready, and so pleased to announce the 2023 U13 Girls and Boys Head Coaches!!

For the NIAGARA FC U13 Girls (2010), we would like to welcome Davie Currie as our newest addition to the NIAGARA FC family as Head Coach!

Davie Currie was born in Glasgow, Scotland and developed a passion for soccer at an early age.   As a youth player, Davie played for several Pro-Youth Academy’s.   From there he obtained a full scholarship to an NCAA Division 1 school, Robert Morris University in Pittsburg PA.

After playing, Davie went on to become Assistant Coach of the Mens' program at Robert Morris University for five years.  He helped them win the Conference Championship in his first year as Assistant.

Davie continued on to coach various men’s and women’s programs at the Division 1, 2, and 3 level in the NCAA. While coaching at West Liberty University, Davie completed a Masters of Arts in Teaching and was the Technical Director of Wheeling FC.  He was also a member of the coaching staff with the WV Olympic Development Program.

In 2012, Davie moved to the Niagara Region where he continued his coaching career.  He has been involved in many levels of coaching across the region including;  Head coach of the Niagara United Men’s team in the Canadian Professional Soccer League,  Head coach of a boys private academy team, and most recently coaching with the NRSP.

Davie also has acted as a guest coach for several NSL teams where he focuses on technical abilities. He also has trained several players privately in the region who have gone on to play at the NCAA Division 1 level.

Our U13 Boys (2010) Head Coach is no stranger to the NFSC family or to the Niagara Region!  Gary Flanagan will be the 2023 Head Coach of the NIAGARA FC U13 Boys!

Like Davie, Gary was also born in Glasgow, Scotland and came to Canada in 1975 with his family.  He immediately started playing
local youth soccer here in Niagara. 

Over the years, Gary played in many youth soccer tournaments in North America, including the U15 Mini World Cup.   Gary went on to play in the Youth National Soccer League with the St.
Catharines Roma Cosmos where he captained the team and was selected to the Allstar Game.


Gary has been a part of the Niagara Falls Soccer Club as a Board member, Coach, and Club Head Referee.  As a former Regional Match Official, Gary joined Ontario Soccer as an Instructor and Provincial Assessor helping Match Officials learn their craft and increase their chances for promotion to the next level of officiating.

Throughout the years, Gary has coached kids of all ages. He is currently a Nationally Trained C License Coach and will be working towards his National Youth License in 2023.

We look forward to seeing both these Coaches out at Trials and seeing what they can do with our 2023 U13 Girls and Boys Teams!!

Dates and times for the OPEN OPDL Trials for the 2023 U13 (2010) Girls and Boys have been announced and registration is now open!

Launched in 2014 with the 2001 age group, the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) was kicked off in 2014 with the 2001 age group and is one of the Province's first standards-based, youth high-performance league that combines top-level competition with strict high-performance training standards.

OPDL is the highest level of Youth Soccer available for Girls and Boys ages 13 to 17 here in Niagara!

Some of the benefits of participating in the OPDL are;

  • Nationally recognized/certified - Non-Parent Coaches
  • 12-month periodized training at quality facilities.
  • 3:1 Training to Game ratio plus fitness
  • Scouting opportunities for College, University, Provincial/National levels, and Professional teams.
  • In 2021/22 we had 11 players from ages 13 to 15, Girls and Boys,  get invited to attend the Provincial Trials.  We had 2 players, Ava DeChellis who made the Provincial team for the U13 Girls, and Matthew Bogusat who made the U15 Boys.

Dates for Non-OPDL Players for the U13 Girls and Boys teams of 2023 are as follows;

Wednesday, Aug 17th

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm U13 Boys

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm U13 Girls

Friday, Aug 19th

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm U13 Girls

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm U13 Boys

Sunday, Aug 21st

9:00 am - 10:30 am U13 Boys

10:30 pm -12:00 pm U13 Girls

Monday, August 22nd

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - U13 Boys

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm - U13 Girls

Wednesday, August 24th

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - U13 Girls

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm - U13 Boys

All players must be registered for Trials.  No walk-ups will be permitted.  No exceptions.

  • If you are attending Trials from another OPDL Club or you were registered previously in another Country please ensure that you will need to have the proper documentation necessary to attend Trials.  If you are unsure about what is required, please contact our office. 
  • Players are asked to wear a White Jersey or t-shirt and must come prepared, wearing appropriate footwear, clothing, as well as shin guards to all sessions.
  • Players must bring their own properly inflated ball.
  • No Jewelry will be allowed to be worn on the field at any time.
  • All players will be required to check in prior to entering the field at the entrance. 
  • There will be a separate Entrance and Exit to the field.  ONLY Players and Coaches will be permitted within the gated field.  The Entrance will be located on the bleacher side of the Turf Field and the players will be Exiting on the St. Paul side of the field.
  • Underage players may be permitted to attend Trials but at the discretion of the Senior Technical Lead.  To get more information, please contact nfsctechnicaldirector@gmail.com

 

To register, click HERE!

 

 

NIAGARA FC OPDL Players Headed to Provincials!

By Christina Stranges 04/08/2022, 3:15pm EDT

We are excited to announce that 2 of our NIAGARA FC OPDL Players who attended the Ontario Soccer Provincial Xcel Program Trials last month were chosen for the 2022 Provincial Teams!

Ava DeChellis who formerly hails from Welland Soccer Club is an amazing athlete and Midfielder! She joined NIAGARA FC OPDL in its inaugural year (2021) here in Niagara with Coach Joseph Lamberti and the U13 Girls team.  Ava will be playing on the Ontario Soccer Provincial U14 Girls team who will be competing in the Provincial Xcel All-Star Competition weekend at the end of April.  Ava will continue to play with her NIAGARA FC OPDL U14 team throughout the 2022 season and we can't wait to watch her continue to grow and develop this season!

 Matthew Bogusat who previously played with St. Catharines Club Roma Wolves NRSP team also joined NIAGARA FC OPDL in its first year of 2021 with the U15 Boys team with Coach Carlos Rivas.  He is a strong Left Back who makes an impact when he is on the field.  He will be part of the U16 Boys Provincial team which will attend the Preparatory weekend after Easter and then go on to the 2022 Inter-Provincial Competition being held in Quebec at the end of April.

Overall, after the first year within the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) 11 NIAGARA FC players were selected to attend the Ontario Soccer Provincial Xcel Trials.  This is quite an achievement and it is through a collaborative process that these players are selected.  All players from NIAGARA FC who participated in the Ontario Provincial Screening Competition process are thanked for their efforts and congratulated for representing the Niagara Region so well!  These players will continue on with their NIAGARA FC OPDL teams in the 2022 season and will hopefully be selected to attend trials once again next year!

Honourable Mentions;

U13 (2008) Girls - Caileigh Tiller, Chelsea Tiller, Sophie Costantini

U13 (2008) Boys - Jonah Bello, Jack Mc Pherson, Barron Walker, Miguel Pineros

U15 (2006) Boys - Reney Merone, Wael Ghrer

To see the complete list of the 2022 Provincial Xcel Teams, click here.

Another weekend and another 4 of  NFSC - NIAGARA FC OPDL's players from the 2008 Boys team will be attending the Ontario Soccer Provincial XCEL Trials in Toronto at BMO Field!

Jack McPherson, Jonah Bello, Barron Walker, and Miguel Pineros  have been selected to attend the Ontario Soccer PROVINCIAL XCEL Trials being held on Sunday, March 13th. 

The Ontario Provincial Development League (OPDL) is one of the primary programs in which potential Provincial Team players are identified. 20 players for each age and gender division will be selected over the course of the next few weeks. 

Jonah, Jack, Miguel, and Barron, along with the other 7 NIAGARA FC players who attended the Trials in the previous weekends, will await notification which will come in April.  Selected players will continue to participate in the PROVINCIAL XCEL Prepatory weekends which will commence at the end of April.  Within these events, Canada Soccer's National Team Staff will be in attendance to identify players for their NATIONAL EXCEL Programs! 

These boys have worked hard throughout the 2021 season and earned their spot for this amazing opportunity!  We are so glad to be able to provide this pathway for them and all the players via the OPDL Program and St. Catharines Club Roma Soccer Club's League 1 here in Niagara!

Good Luck again to all!!  GO NIAGARA GO!!!

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