Year Round Elite Academy U13-U16

Inaugural Program

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Program Description

Cumberland’s year-round Elite Academy, is the first program in Ottawa to provide a European-calibre academy training environment for serious youth players looking to play at the next level.  Teams will train after school every week night, with inter-squad, full-field sessions, friendlies and tournaments on Saturdays.  Players will finish training by 5:30 each weeknight, and will have the remainder of their day for homework and family life. Weekends will be reserved for game play.

The training program is “periodized” accross the year.  This means that training loads and schedules are carefully planned and prepared so that the physical, technical, tactical and social development of the players is balanced and optimized across the entire season.  This includes:

  • Proper rest periods (scheduled time off throughout the year),
  • Cross-training (strength, conditioning, yoga, athlete development),
  • Mental/psychological development (sports psyche, goal setting, nutrition),
  • Tactical/physical and technical training in order to peak at the right times during the season.

All sessions are designed and run by Staff coaches, augmented by each team’s Academy coach.  With the adjusted schedule, Academy staff will also attend many of games to ensure that players always get the best guidance and coaching available in this region. Our formula to producing top players is simple: train with the best players, with the best coaches, more often than others, while competing at the highest levels in the province.


Program Details

Program Information:


Open tryouts and Academy player evaluations were held in September 2017 for this year round program.  Players may also be evaluated at any time outside of this period, if they are transferring from a different regional or OPDL program (or outside the country).  Please contact Jessie, the Competitive administrator at to setup an evaluation.  

There will be open tryouts for the 2018 Summer season in February 2018 

  See the 2018 Summer Evaluation Schedule

Note: In order to attend open tryouts, players must register for the "2018 Competitive Tryout Fee". Competitive base registration fee of $195 will be added with to the registration for all players as well as a non-volunteer fee of $50.  Players not selected for the Academy will be considered for Competitive Cobra teams for the Summer, or will automatically be placed into the recreational program at CUSC.  A refunded may be requested, less a $40 tryout fee, should a player not be interested in continuing.


Program Length:

Season begins in October 2017 and runs through end of September 2018.   



  See the 2018 Summer Evaluation Schedule (Subject to change)


The Program

  • Training every weeknight after school - 90 minutes (beginning in mid-October).
  • Friendly games will be organized on many weekends from October through April
  • Game play in the summer in Regional ERSL leagues (up one year)
  • 2005 age groups will play in the OPDL
  • Tournament play and showcase play with the older Academy groups (specifics determined within each individual team)
  • Scheduled Cross training/strength training in pre-season phases.
  • Fitness program incorporated

Competitive Games: 

Games will be organized on weekends, with all games played as 11v11.  U14-U16 teams will compete in the highest regional levels. The U13 teams for 2018 will compete in the OPDL. 



School bus transportation will be available for Ottawa's East-End High School students. 

Transportation from schools to training on weekdays will be provided by Roxborough Bus Lines (

For more detailed information on the transportation service/schedule, click here. 



Available through Disalvo Sports on Bank St. 
Uniforms will be identical to the academy kit used in the summer seasons. Training shirts are available at the CUSC clubhouse.


Please note that academy trialists who are not selected for an academy or cobra squad will automatically be placed into the U9-U18 Recreational program, which is covered by the base registration fee (no further payments required). 


See Registration Site for details of Fees.

Installment payment plan available.



Last Edited: Jan 2018

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