While September marks the start of the busy North American University soccer season, Major League Soccer's stretch run towards the playoffs and important World Cup qualifying matches of which many SIGMA FC graduates will take part in, it also marks a time when SIGMA FC coaches turn their attention to the next generation of players that will embark on their own soccer journey.
It all starts with the 9th edition of the popular "SIGMA FC Talent Days" event on Sunday September 18, 2016 at Hershey Sporszone Field in Mississauga- home of Sigma FC. The event is aimed at identifying talented young soccer players for inclusion into SIGMA's development structure including the ETC (Elite Training Center) Program - SIGMA's technical development program throughout the fall and winter months and an evaluation for further progress to the full academy ("SIGMA FC").
SIGMA uses the Talent Day model to assess new players and introduce them and their families to philosophy and structure of the organization. On the field the players will receive instruction from the staff coaches of SIGMA FC who have been responsible for developing some of the top talent in the province and country. With over 50 players currently playing in the NCAA and CIS, 8 players representing Senior National teams, over 20 players representing Canada in youth ages, and 9 players currently playing professionally it is evident that the development program at SIGMA has been successful over its short history in developing talent.
"The whole team here at Sigma looks forward to Talent Days as it gives us a chance to meet so many new young talents and also reconnect with those who took part in our summer camps. The players enjoy it too, as they get to receive a quality training session, in a fun yet educational environment," said SIGMA coach John Zervos.
According to SIGMA Technical Director, Bobby Smyrniotis, as members of SIGMA the players are not only involved in a successful environment of development they are also exposed to a diverse group of technical people and international experiences both at home and abroad. "The environment is simple but most importantly it is structured for the player. The technical curriculum looks beyond the technical aspects of the game and teaches players discipline, self-responsibility, leadership and respect. On the other side the players are in an environment where they want to grow and develop and have all the necessary stimuli to do so."
SIGMA is home to seven academy teams from U12 to U18 and two Senior Men's teams (SIGMA FC & SIGMA II). The SIGMA FC "first team" competes in League1 Ontario - a sanctioned professional (standards) league which began play in 2014 (www.league1ontario.com/sigma). The team provides player's developing within the academy a team at the top of the organization to aspire to develop towards. From the 2014 inaugural League 1 team 7 players have moved on to the professional game most notably, Cyle Larin who became the first ever Canadian to be selected 1st overall in the MLS SuperDraft , named MLS Rookie of the Year and is currently starring for Orlando City in MLS.
This Coming October, will be the start of the 11th year of our ETC program which is the first step for young players to develop within the SIGMA structure. The ETC Program has become a renowned success for the quality of training, coaching staff which includes all SIGMA FC team coaches who focus on the development of the individual player in a technical based training curriculum. In 2007 the program started with players such as Current Canadian National team players, Kyle Bekker, Cyle Larin and some the best young players currently in the NCAA . This year's ETC Program will look to continue this past success providing players a platform to develop further and realizing their potential.
Sunday, September 18, 2016 - Hershey Sportszone (indoor field house)
|All players wishing to participate in The "Talent Days" must complete the Expression of Interest Form. Select "Talent Days" in the drop down menu. Walk-ons will not be permitted.|
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