The RVDL Soccer Academy was founded in 2009 as an organization providing professional best in class soccer training and development for young individuals and teams to excel and reach their full potential. Based in Oakville, Ontario, Canada and serving the soccer community in the West Greater Toronto Area.

While providing a positive, no fear of making mistakes, healthy and progressive environment, RVDL Academy delivers top level training and development of each individual utilizing our 6 faceted development model; mental, social, tactical, technical, physical and competition; producing confident players that maximize their full potential. Utilizing existing and continually developing contacts, RVDL aquires best practice and provides pathways for players to progress. RVDL Academy emphasizes the values of hard work, mental preparation, character and integrity on and off the field, while promoting a healthy life long passion for the game.

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RVDL provides top class professional coaching and pathways to help Canadian players of all ages and abilities to reach their full potential.

Fall Courses Now Online

Starts Wednesday Nov. 5

King’s Christian Collegiate, Oakville

528 Burnhamthorpe Rd W., Oakville, ON L6M 4K6
Indoor flat soccer shoes recommended (gym floor)

Starting Nov. 5 to Dec 10 (6 weeks)

6-8 yrs Individual Skills 6:30pm to 7:45pm $150.00+hst
9-13 yrs KickingMaster™ 7:45pm to 9:00pm $150.00+hst

Starting Jan. 21 to Mar. 25 (8 weeks)
(no sessions Mar 11 Mar 18)

6-8 yrs Individual Skills 6:30pm to 7:45pm $200.00+hst
9-13 yrs KickingMaster™ 7:45pm to 9:00pm $200.00+hst

Mentor College, Mississauga

40 Forest Ave., Mississauga, ON L5G 1L1
Indoor flat soccer shoes recommended (gym floor)

Starting Nov. 16 to Dec. 14 (5 weeks)

6-8 yrs Individual Skills 1:30 to 2:45pm $125.00+hst
9-11 yrs New Advanced Skills 2:45 to 4:00pm $125.00+hst

Starting Jan. 11 to Mar. 29 (9 weeks)
(no sessions Feb 15, Mar 8 and Mar 15)

6-8 yrs Individual Skills 1:30 to 2:45pm $225.00+hst
9-11 yrs New Advanced Skills 2:45 to 4:00pm $225.00+hst

To register for courses CLICK HERE

Calling all Aspiring Soccer Players

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Calling all girls ages 12 to 16 years old!

Due to an increase in requests for girls only teams, we are looking to introduce girls only teams starting this coming season. The 2013/14 season, saw the re-introduction by SAAC (the Academy League) of 6 teams each of U13 and U15 girls. The next season promises to see an increase in the number of girls teams in the SAAC league, where like the boys program, the focus is on player development preparing the players for future opportunities and developing a life long love of the game.

RVDL continues to be on the look out for quality Keepers, please enquire about our Sponsor Subsidized Goalkeeper Program.
Also we are looking specifically for a few 2002 and 2001 players to complete and support our Academy Teams

All players will be taken through a warm-up, skills training session followed by skills tests and finishing with games. During the coaches review, players will be assessed and will be provided 3 pathways of development based on their ability levels presented.

1st Pathway- An immediate invite to join the age appropriate Academy Team.

2nd Pathway- Join our age appropriate Pre-Academy Group in order to provide an accelerated pathway to development and then potentially on to the Academy Team.

3rd Pathway- Be invited to join one of our Soccer School programs in order to develop the strong foundation necessary to gain confidence and consistency with the ball in order to move to the Pre-Academy for accelerated development.

All 3 pathways are coached by our staff of professional coaches so the players progress will be continuously monitored.

There is no cost for the Tryout. You have heard about us, so why not come out and experience the RVDL Philosophy first hand.

If you are interested to be assessed to be considered for Academy or Pre_Academy before the next Tryout Assessment Day please contact us and fill out the Academy Consideration Form

Please click below to register for Academy consideration if you have missed the Tryout Assessment Day

Winter 2014-15 Courses Now Available


1st Annual RVDL Academy International Talent ID Camp
Official Representatives from Manchester City FC, Stoke City FC and Bolton Wanderers FC watched the more than 80 players that attended.

The 2015 3rd Annual Talent ID July 8-12 promises to be even better then last year with More Clubs and more coaches in multiple locations.

The 5 day ID camp will again be at West Oak Trails Park in Oakville July 7 to 11, however in order to expose more players to the Pro Clubs in attendance we are introducing The "Pathways to the Premiership" International Roadshow. This 1 day event on various days at locations across the GTA will allow players that may not be able to make the trip to Oakville still get an opportunity to be seen by these Clubs. The Pro Clubs confirmed include, Premier League Stoke City FC and recently promoted back to the Premiership Queens Park Rangers, also Derby County FC narrowly missing out promotion to the Premier League and Burton Albion just missing out on promotion to League one.

"After the UltimateShooter™ skills training with RVDL, my son Zack, had a game in which he kicked the ball so hard it sliced the air like a bullet and the net flew back against the gymnasium wall. It was truly a wonder to behold; there were quite a few comments... A single session has already paid off big time since Zack applied what he learned immediately in a game situation with great results. Needless to say, I'm beyond impressed."
Dyonne, Ajax

Whether you attended any of our previous KickingMaster™ or UltimateShooter™ courses, everyone will benefit from the detailed approach we take to breaking down and reviewing the various kicking techniques presented.

KickingMaster™ Course:
Our KickingMaster™ course is designed to correct and improve the kicking technique of every individual that attends our course, by creating a step-by-step approach to breaking down every kicking technique in 5 different stages. This will also help the player to self check their kicks when they are practicing away from the watchful eye of the RVDL Academy Coach. Our KickingMasterTM Class will create more powerful shots, more accurate passing and more consistency all round. Topics on this course will include short passing, long passing (lofted & driven pass with the laces), bending the ball with the inside and outside of the foot as well as power shooting and volleying. KickingMasterTM courses are not for beginners, in order for our sessions to have a steady flow.

Our UltimateShooter™ provides the players with the tools to simplify the decision making process, receive the ball positively with speed to create shooting opportunities. Technically we build on the foundations acquired from the KickingMaster™ Class and continue to reinforce and teach the players a large variety of different shooting techniques so the players can manufacture a shot for every given situation in and around the penalty box.

SkillsMaster™ Course:
This course is a high intensity multi faceted program that includes a lot of detailed coaching in an environment where all players are challenged at their ability level and where they experience how much fun soccer training can be. All players are encouraged to develop good playing habits. During our program the players work on all technical aspects of the game gaining the neccessary skills which builds the confidence required for performing out on the field during games. This includes passing, receiving, dribbling, skills, defending, finishing, all progressing from 1v1 to 2v2 up to 6v6.

NEW Advanced Skills Course:
Progressing from our Individual Skills Course players will be expected to perform within the session at a higher speed of control with more consistency and really push themselves in order to improve. This course like all our other courses, is a high intensity multi faceted session that includes a lot of detailed coaching in an environment where all players are challenged while still experiencing how much fun soccer training can be. All players continue to be encouraged to develop good playing habits while pushing themselves out of their comfort zone. Utilizing advanced technical skills from our skills program and adding in some of our KickingMaster™ components we have developed a real hybrid program to challenge and progress advanced players even further.


The Success our teams experienced in the Keele Cup in the UK and the numerous Professional Club scouts that commented very positively on our teams performances including some individual players, has fueled our vision of creating the very best players and teams, not only in Ontario but in the whole of Canada. Our Mission is to develop players to their full potential and utilizing our contacts to expose the players deemed worthy to Scholarship opportunities or Professional playing careers.

We are looking for talented and driven players that have the desire to do more to reach their potential. Players will receive top class training from our well trained and internationally experienced Full-time coaching staff.

RVDL Academy Scholarship Program

In keeping with our Vision and Mission we do not want any player that has the potential to excel as a top level player, not to have the opportunity to reach their highest potential due to real financial hardship. Through corporate sponsorship and donations we are able to assist highly talented players, with reductions in Academy fees. All financial assistance requests will be handled privately on a case by case basis.

Goalkeeper Tryouts

We are also looking for talented and driven Goalkeepers that have the desire to do more to reach their potential. In addition to keepers receiving top class training from our well trained and experienced Full-time coaching staff, our keepers receive additional professional Keeper training. Reduced Academy fees available for Goalkeepers through our Goalie Sponsorship Program.

Team From Canada Shock All in UK at the 2012 International Keele Cup.

U13 RVDL Lions Win 2012 Pro-division Keele Cup International Soccer Tournament in the UK.

U12 Orange also Win their Division and U12 Blue finish as runners up for the Keele Plate.

U15 RVDL Lions gave a strong performance throughout the Tournament but succumbed in the semi finals to a tough Irish Team who ultimately won overall.

Supplement your Club Training

Soccer School Courses

Kicking Master Class

Ultimate Shooting Clinic

Week Long Summer Camps

Calling All Aspiring Soccer Players.


Unlocking the full potential in each and every player is our primary focus.

Our Full-Time Staff are from the UK with UEFA Coaching Qualifications in addition to Degree's in various soccer/sports/teaching related fields.  We also incorporate our strength and conditioning program including individual player assessments and personalized exercise fitness programs based on body type.  One of our founders, Robin van der Laan, a former English Premiership player/Captain, was International Head Coach for Manchester United Soccer Schools. His leadership, expertise and knowledge for the development of youth players is instrumental in the accelerated development of all our players following our development model with specific focus on Technical and Tactical.  Our classroom Tactical workshops presented at least once a month have real benefits to all RVDL Academy players. "Game Understanding and tactical decision making on the field" have been indentified by many International coaches as one of the main issues for the lack of Canadian based players progressing to the higher level professional game.




Best regards
The RVDL Soccer Academy Staff

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Thank you again for your continued support.

New to RVDL, in addition to our 6-8 and 9-11 Pre-Academy, we have continued with our Pre-Academy program for 12+ year olds.
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Our Mandate

Each and every RVDL Soccer Schools and Academy session aims to create a Positive Learning Environment by combining a FUN AND FRIENDLY setting with the latest coaching techniques and methodology, delivered by best in class coaches.

RVDL Soccer School Individual Player Development Program

As one of the founders of RVDL, Robin van der Laan has injected his English Premier League playing experience along with his vast knowledge gained as International Head Coach for Manchester United Soccer Schools into this program that will lead our team of Internationally experienced, UK trained UEFA A and UEFA B full time professional coaches in providing the very best coaching Canada has to offer.

Enroll in an RVDL Soccer Schools and Academy course and experience the very latest training equipment and coaching methods to help players improve their technique and game awareness in a very friendly, open and active learning environment where the players are encouraged to express themselves without any fear of making mistakes.

It is our mission to deliver high intensity multi faceted sessions that include a lot of detailed coaching in an environment where all players are challenged at their ability level and where they experience how much fun soccer training can be. All players are encouraged to develop good playing habits. During our program the players work on all technical aspects of the game. This includes passing, receiving, dribbling, skills, defending, finishing, all progressing from 1v1 to 2v2 up to 6v6. These high intensity sessions also include soccer related fitness(SAQ).

RVDL Soccer PRE-Academy Teams
For 6-8, 9-11 and 12+ year olds

We are looking for players 6 to 16 years old to join in our Pre-Academy program. Similar to our Soccer Schools, this multi-session per week program provides a more intensive environment to aquire the fundamentals and neccessary tools to provide the solid foundation to excel as their development and confidence grows allowing the player to move towards the academy program.

New to RVDL, we now have our Pre-Academy program for 6-8, 9-11 and 12+ year olds. This 2 times a week program coached by our professional Academy coaches provides the neccessary environment for players wishing to take their soccer to the next level but have not had the quality of coaching to get them there. Through our program this more immersive environment will allow the player to rapidly advance their skills preparing them for the next stage of competetive play.
We have ongoing tryouts available within our soccer school program.
If you have a player interested in joining our PRE-Academy Program please Click here to register for consideration

RVDL Soccer Academy Teams
U8 to U16 Players

All our Academy Teams have progressed very well this season with many players showing marked improvement. The hard work training during the last Winter months and continuing on through the spring and summer was put to the test during our SAAC league play.

We currently have Academy teams ranging from U8 to U16. This 3-5 times a week Academy program provides the Academy player with the very best coaching environment Canada has to offer.
From the English Premiership playing experience Robin injects into the detailed multi layered training sessions presented, utilizing the very latest training techniques and equipment, you can be sure the opportunities for improvements in the player will be significant. Programs include age appropriate training and skills development, Yoga program, Speed Agility quickness program, Strength and conditioning program including a personalized program for continued development at home, Tactical sessions, fitness and skills testing to monitor training effectiveness, games in the SAAC league and various tournaments including trips to the USA and Europe. We will be working closely with players to provide them the neccessary tools to reach their long term goals whether to play professionally or receive a soccer scholarship
We have on going tryouts available within our soccer school program.
If you have a player interested in joining our Academy Program please Click here to register for consideration

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