Long Term Athlete Development Plan


Our sport has just completed a Competition Review aimed at promoting optimal athlete progression and participation by fostering the right competition structure at the ideal time in an athlete’s development as described in Football Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development plan. 

Long Term Athlete Development Plan

Competition Review Document  

Competition Review Summary

Based on feedback received during consultations with the public and football community, we are pleased to share the final competition review document with you (available below). The results of the competition review can also be found below.

Football Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD) is the blueprint for athlete and football development throughout the nation. It provides direction, for all football organizations, administrators, volunteers, coaches, officials, team support personnel, athletes, and parents at all levels of development, in the three football disciplines (tackle, flag and touch) on the critical decisions that need to be made to provide each athlete with the opportunity to reach their goals and full potential in their chosen discipline.

The philosophy and principles of LTAD leads us to a new way of thinking about our programs, a way that requires us to make appropriate changes to playing rules and regulations, competition structures and schedules, training and recovery programs.

This model was created by bringing Football leaders and experts together with Football Canada staff, stakeholders, and members of the LTAD Expert Group to produce a plan based on the realities of our sport. It is the policy framework for the future development of Canadian Football by Football Canada, our provincial/territorial partners, clubs and stakeholders. The work is not finished. In the coming months we will create detailed plans to cooperatively implement the LTAD across the country. Successful implementation will result in a flourishing sport, with growth in the number of quality coaches, officials and most of all, athletes, from coast to coast to coast.