The Toronto FC Academy is a fully funded program that is free of charge for all athletes across Pod 3 to Pod 1.
Our responsibility is to set and maintain a standard of excellence at the Training Ground.
We expect extremely high standards of our athletes, and we expect them to understand that their development starts every day that they walk through the doors into the Training Ground.
Toronto FC Academy operates eight full time teams, within a three pod structure:
3. Foundation Pod (2006-2004)
2. Pre-Formation Pod (2003-2000)
1. Formation Pod (2000-1998)
Toronto FC Academy Athletes train 3- 5 days a week, with one game per week. The focus of the athlete’s development is the training that occurs throughout the week, as athletes train to develop as players, not in preparation for their next game. Athletes train in training groups. Training groups are not organized by the year of birth, but by the athlete’s needs.
Movement Among Training Groups
Toronto FC Academy manages Toronto FC's athlete’s development environment with the objective of ensuring each athlete is in a situation that will optimize their development. Athletes move between training groups. They could move up a training group or down.
The Next Step: USL
In November 2014, Toronto FC announced that the club has successfully acquired the rights to a USL franchise. Toronto FC became the sixth MLS club to own a USL team and the eleventh expansion side set to begin play in 2015. Toronto FC II kicked off their inaugural season on March 21, 2015. The team continues to train out of Toronto FC’s Training Ground, while playing their home matches at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan, ON. The USL program will continue to serve as a promising pathway for our Toronto FC Academy athletes, who wish to continue their development with the ultimate goal of progressing to the First Team.