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About The RVDL Soccer Academy

Message from our Academy Director and Founder Michael Scholz

Since its inception in late 2009, the RVDL Soccer Academy strives to be at the forefront of soccer development in Canada.   Having developed our own strategy for Long Term Player Development early on, it was easy for us to embrace and move forward with the LTPD of the CSA and OSA as it is inline with the same goals and objectives of our Academy.

Utilizing high level playing experience with high levels of coaching qualifications and coaching experience, the Academy Staff have been able to create and continue to deliver a high quality player development program. The key emphasis of our program is on players acquiring detailed technical competence, creativity and instinctive playing habits, which builds confidence with the ball, develops good playing habits and develops the ability to make confident quick decisions.

RVDL's progressive age specific curriculum with a strong emphasis on technical skills, incorporates a distinctive “Play from the Back, Attacking, Total Football Style”. The Player Centric positive learning environment allows each player to develop into a creative confident player who can ultimately provide positive support to their team in any competitive game situation. Our program is a systematic approach that continually builds on the layers before it.  Having a system to develop and monitor habits along with building technical skills coupled with the desire to improve, ultimately creates technical competence, ball confidence and superior decision making, this is what makes a great player.  Whether you enroll in one of our highly detailed Soccer School programs or work towards the high standards of skill and commitment neccessary for our Academy teams every player will benefit from being exposed to The RVDL WAY.

The RVDL Soccer Academy with OSA ORNCA status enjoys full academy status as a member of Soccer Academy Alliance Canada (SAAC). Continuing to build from the lower ages on up, RVDL currently fields academy teams with both boys and girls from U8 to U14 age groups, with an ultimate goal of having teams up to U20.

In addition to the 3 to 5 times per week Academy program, RVDL also delivers the 2 to 3 times per week Pre-Academy, training groups of players not quite at the academy level or for those that are not able to commit the time required for our Academy teams but still want superior training and development.  RVDL Academy also offers our supplemental once per week Soccer School programs during the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons as well as week long March Break and Summer Camps where players are exposed to our highly successful development program delivered by our professional academy coaches.  RVDL is an Oakville based academy with programs running in Oakville and Mississauga.

Moving forward, we plan to continue to develop and implement best practices, that will help this organization and ultimately the players on their path to achieving their goals.  RVDL continues to work diligently behind the scenes to effect positive change at the provincial and national levels.  We continue to forge alliances and networking opportunities with North American contacts, UK Pro Clubs as well as other European and Global contacts to exchange best practices and ideas with them.  This will also solidify pathway opportunites for players as they progress within our system.

RVDL continues to develop and implement both our coach and parent education program as well as implementing our player scholarship strategy for players as they move towards their senior years with us.

We also continue to evaluate and implement our technology strategy including outfitting coaches with Ipads, utilizing Apps for a variety of applications such as: session planning, attendance monitoring, speed agility test result monitoring and video feedback for players.

Our Academy looks forward to the evolution of soccer here in Canada as all stakeholders become involved and work together for the betterment of the game.

 Best regards

Michael Scholz


"Preparing Youth for Life through Sports"

Guiding Principles


Respect for yourself, Respect for Coaches, Team mates, Opponents, Officials, Parents, Respect for the rules of the game, Respect for equipment and facilities.


To understand the roles and responsibilities of being a soccer player and an athlete, to see how those roles and responsibilities effect the game, to clearly understand the process and what is required to attain long term success, to clearly see the road ahead and set achievable goals for the journey.


To have the desire, focus and determination to put in the maximum effort every day, in order to stay on the path to achieve the desired long term goals

Love of the Game

To enjoy the game and promote a healthy active lifestyle for Life, to create a lasting positive experience to encourage a "Give back to the soccer community" desire later in life.

RVDL Academy Founders

Michael Scholz
Co-founder and Academy Director

It was the Vision of Michael to create a Best in Class Soccer program, second to none for Player Development in Canada when he enlisted the assistance of Robin to get RVDL off the ground.  Born in Germany and playing in the park each summer while there, sparked the fire for the love of the game. As a father of 4 boys, 3 of which played Rep soccer, Michael was actively involved with the soccer community since 1997.  Former roles included Team manager, assistant coach and Head Coach CSL Elite.  These various roles gave him the insight to the club rep system. Prior and in addition to his volunteer roles in the soccer community Michael also held various volunteer committee, board and executive positions within the local community including 10 years as President of the local Lakeview Ratepayers Association and 10 years on the Board of Directors of the Mississauga Arts Council.  Michael currently sits on the Board of Directors of SAAC (Soccer Academy Alliance Canada). 

Read more: RVDL Academy Founders


Tom And Family
5 Stars Rating

I highly recommend RVDL Soccer Academy, my son loves it there and the coaches are great! There is a large emphasis on technical skills and the kids receive a lot of individual attention due to the coach-player ratio. The kids learn so much while having fun!

Mikko S.
5 Stars Rating

My son just joined the academy program for 2017-2018 season. He is already having so much fun practicing and improving his soccer skills. Training sessions are well organized and planned with great coaches emphasizing technical skillset for the players. Good stuff!!!

5 Stars Rating

Our son's been training with RVDL for just under a year now and has developed quite significantly not only technically but also in his confidence on and off the field. This is all thanks to the positive enriching environment that has been created by Coach Steve, Coach Stefan and Team Owner Mike.
Prior to arriving at RVDL, our son had trained with a big team in Oakville - they were well over capacity and our son was frequently told he could stay on the team to train however games weren't an option because he didn't have any game time experience. Read that again. He didn't have game time experience because he wasn't offered any. From our experience in speaking with many parents out of Oakville, this is the reality and the norm.
How will your son/daughter ever develop to build their confidence and flourish in the sport they love under a " stacked team" well over capacity who's sole focus isn't your child's OWN development and growth but the team's winning.
It's just not possible.

RVDL isn't like any other club. They care about our kids, bottom line, and know how to properly train a player at each and every practice with one on one attention.
Remember parents, it's all about development and love of the game : )

Damian J.
5 Stars Rating

This academy has a unique training program that is focused on individual played development. Their regular program and the additional training offered by RVDL in Shooting or Touch Master has helped my kids excel and become competitive Improving the overall game. This academy provides high quality coaches that are licensed, which is important knowing your receiving proper training for your kids. If you're looking to improve your game and like the challenge contact them, they are available for try outs anytime.

Rania E.
5 Stars Rating

Both my sons have been going to RVDL for the past 2 years now and the skills and advancement that i have seen is really amazing.
I like the coaches there they are motivational, close to the kids and firm.
Overall best choice for soccer academy and this is after trying multiple schools and academies here.

Sandra B.
5 Stars Rating

My son has made the switch from local soccer to the RVDL academy. He loves it! The coaches are great. the technical aspect of the game is where we see the difference. He looks forward to practice and always enjoys Learning with his teammates.

Vas R.
5 Stars Rating

We have been with RVDL for several years and can say that the training that kids receive is true European football. Our kids have progressively gotten better every year, which is what truely matters not whether teams win or lose a game. We currently have two of our three kids at RVDL, our eldest moved to the OVDL program at age 13, after being with RVDL for 6 years. He is considered to be strong soccer player on his team. This would not have been possible without RVDL’s coaches and training program.

Dianna D.
5 Stars Rating

Excellent club and coach Steve C. is phenomenal. We have been with RVDL for over 6+ years now and our son has benefitted from the RVDL philosophy and training.

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