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For Immediate Release 

December 6, 2022

Football Ontario Unveils 2023 Team Ontario Male Tackle Road Map

Football Ontario Announces the Road Map for the 2023 High Performance Program

Hamilton, Ontario – Football Ontario has officially unveiled the Road Map for the 2023 Futures Identification, High Performance Academy and Team Ontario Program. For the 2023 male tackle football season. Football Ontario will have a U14 (2010/2011), U16 (2008/2009), and a U18 (2006/2007) Male Tackle High Performance Program. 

The Identification and Selection process will consist of three phases that take place from January-May and lead to the selections of the teams that will participate in the Football Canada Cup in Edmonton for the U18 age group, the Football Canada Eastern Regional in New Brunswick for the U16s, and the Football Ontario Red v Black weekend for the U14 age group.


Phase One will take place in January and February with Football Ontario Futures and Identification Camps. There will be a total of three camps held across the province with a Waterloo Camp, a York Camp, and an Ottawa Camp. 

Football Ontario will also be offering a lower entry fee for those who wish to attend these camps without receiving identification for Team Ontario and would just like to simply further develop and hone their skills with the great coaching that will be available at each camp.  

Each Identification Camp will be limited to 100 athletes per age group so that the organization is able to provide the best possible experience to those in attendance.




Phase Two will take place immediately following Phase 1 with the High-Performance Academy with the top players from each of the Identification Camps receiving an invite to participate. There will also be two development camps, one for U14/U16 and one for U18. These camps will take place in April of 2023 and will consist of both on-field and classroom work for the athletes that make it to Phase 2.


Phase Three will take place in late-April with the selection of the Football Ontario Top 90 Provincial Players and the Red-Black Weekend. The Top 90 will be personally invited by Football Ontario to one of the largest recruiting events in Ontario with OUA/CJFL/U Sports coaches in attendance. Players will go through a mini-camp followed by the Red v. Black game that will be filmed and streamed.  

The U18 Team Red and Team Black  will be selected by a virtual draft held and performed by the Coaching Staff of the Team Ontario program leading up to the weekend. The draft will be streamed online via the Official Football Ontario YouTube Channel.


Following these three phases the Football Ontario Top 40 will be named and selected to take part in the Canada Cup (U18) and Eastern Regional Challenge (U16). Stay tuned for Football Canada’s formal announcement on when these events will take place.

“I wanted to thank each member of our Football Ontario leadership team, our Team Ontario Male Tackle coaching staff, and our community partners for helping us to create our 2023 High-Performance Roadmap. Our focus is to build off the many successes from this past year and to create greater alignment within our Male Tackle program. Our commitment at Football Ontario is to serve our mission of being able to provide Football For ALL. I am enthused to meet as many of our Football Ontario student-athletes and families at our ID Camps in the new year.” says JT Tsui, Director of Sport with Football Ontario.

Football Ontario is excited to have the opportunity to return to the National Championships in 2023 and lead a successful Team Ontario program in order to showcase all the talent the province has to offer.






Stay tuned for more information on PHASE 1 of the Male Tackle Team Ontario Program.


Aaron Geisler

Executive Director


ABOUT FOOTBALL ONTARIO: Football Ontario is the sanctioned provincial governing body for football in Ontario, through its focus on transparency, growth, alignment and excellence, is engaged in providing football opportunities for all of Ontario. Football Ontario is driven by a commitment to deliver football programming, opportunities and resources for its members and the provincial football stakeholders. Please visit: