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OPDL Presentation

Posted by Whitecaps London at Aug 1, 2019 10:48AM PDT

Whitecaps London is hosting a presentation led by Gabriel Assis of the Ontario Player Development League.

The presentation and discussion will revolve around;

Ontario Player Development League
Player pathways 
The success of OPDL 

Monday, August 19, 2019 – 7:00pm
BMO Centre
295 Rectory St, London
Whitecaps Office * 2nd Floor near Field 5
The presentation is free and open to all coaches and parents in London.

Mike Ayyash * Whitecaps London Technical Director


July 15, 2019

Whitecaps London has signed a Player Movement affiliation with Sault Youth Soccer Club, also known as Soo City United.

The affiliation agreement between Whitecaps London and Soo City United is an opportunity for athletes from Northern Ontario to play in the OPDL.
Steve Mazzuca, the Soo City United President and Director of Player Development, says ‘there are many soccer players in the North that are really good. Many have the talent but often the distance becomes a deterrent. Signing this affiliation agreement with Whitecaps London is a perfect opportunity for our players to train with a strong OPDL club with the possibility of Soo City players being placed on a developmental roster and play up to ten games in the OPDL. For our players, I couldn’t be happier.’

Soo players from the U13 and U14 girls age groups are traveling to London this week for combined practices and scrimmages with the Whitecaps London OPDL teams.

‘This is an interesting and exciting opportunity for us to scout and work with players we don’t normally see and expands our network into a new area,’ says Mike Ayyash, Whitecaps London’s Technical Director and Vancouver Whitecaps Head Coach in Southern Ontario. ‘We look forward to the visit this week and hope to build on it for the future with boys and other age groups’.

About the Clubs.

Sault Youth Soccer Club
The Sault Youth Soccer League was founded in October of 1990. Located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, SYSC is a member of the Sault Amateur Soccer Association (SASA) and is affiliated with the Ontario Soccer (OS) and the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA).
The Sault Youth Soccer Club operates a recreational soccer program for some 1800 children and youth from ages 5 to 18 in “Grassroots” and “Youth” divisions. The club also provides a Competitive program (Soo City United) for those players who wish to develop their skills at a more competitive level. Players of these development teams play exclusively in this program and represent the city and their age division in various competitions in both Canada and the United States. The Soo City United Program also have four teams participating in the Western Regional Soccer League (WRSL).

Whitecaps London
Whitecaps London is a high-performance not-for-profit club in Southern Ontario that is part of the Ontario Soccer and OPDL high performance player pathway providing opportunities for talented youth in Southern Ontario. The club currently operates a U13&14 boys and a U13&14 girls’ teams in OPDL and West Region under the technical direction of Mike Ayyash. In addition, the club operates teams and player pools from U8 to U17.


London ON – June 17, 2019

Announcing – DAVID PEAK – U13 Girls OPDL Coach 2019-2020

Whitecaps London is thrilled to announce David Peak as the Head Coach for the U13 (2007) OPDL Girls team for the 2019-2020 season.

‘We have secured a top-level coach in David Peak for our OPDL program,’ says Whitecaps London Technical Director Mike Ayyash. ‘The experience Dave brings to the program is going to massively help the players and the club in its continued growth.’

David, a National A Licensed coach, hails from Manchester, UK. He has been involved with coaching in Southern Ontario for over 35 years both at club level and with Ontario Soccer.

Dave’s resume includes coaching both Regional and Provincial programs for boys and girls as well as coaching at U17 Canadian National Team camps.

Players under Dave Peak’s tutelage have gone on to all levels of success at National Team level, US Collegiate level and even Professional.

Dave’s credentials include:

Canadian National A Coaching Licence
USSF National B Licence
FIFA Grassroots Certificate
CCP Level 3

U13 OPDL Trials will start in early September with details to be confirmed later this summer.

Whitecaps London will also roll out a free summer session open to all 2007 Girls interested in playing OPDL in the fall. For more details and to register for the program, please visit this link:

Welcome to Whitecaps London Dave!


Hi everyone

I want to take this opportunity to connect with all of you personally about some recent great news concerning our club.

We are proud to have the club and yourselves recognized by MLS (Major League Soccer) for our Academy Centre network. It’s now seen as a one of a kind club development structure and one of the most unique development initiatives in all of MLS.

Please click on this link below to read the full story.

You are all an extension of our club; you are all Whitecaps; on behalf of our whole club in Vancouver, I want to thank you for choosing to be part of the Whitecaps family across Canada.



London On – Whitecaps London is pleased to announce the addition of Denny Rodrigues as an assistant coach with the U14 (2005) Boys OPDL team for the 2019 season. Denny will join head coach Rob Pereira and Goalkeeper coach / team manager Sarah King effective immediately.

Denny currently holds a National C License. He has been an assistant coach with Fanshawe College Men’s Varsity Soccer for the last 4 years, and has been involved in coaching youth teams for the past 10 years.