Matthew R signed by Toronto FC Academy

Matthew Rogers – Toronto FC Academy U11–2016 

RVDL Player Matthew R


Matthew came to RVDL early in the 2015 season and immediately impressed the coaching staff. Not only did he display an exceptional work rate, lightning fast speed and good technical skills, his focus and coach-ability were extremely strong. Such was the potential he showed early in his time with RVDL, it was quickly decided that Matthew should play and train with the age group above his own to ensure his development was challenged and would flourish.


He settled in quickly with his team mates and as he learned to combine his speed with his ball control, he became a real danger to any opposition he faced. His natural ability in front of goal began to shine, scoring some tremendous goals with an effortless ease. When he occasionally played games with and against players his own age, he stood out head and shoulders above the other players on the pitch, dominating games and leading his team from the front.


Matthew's rapid and continued progression in the group, lead him to attend the Toronto FC talent ID camp. After impressing the coaches at the Toronto FC Academy, Matthew was offered a position on the TFC U11 team for the 2016 season. Congratulations Matthew!

Of his time at RVDL Soccer Academy, Matthews father Ethan said, “RVDL was excellent at identifying Matthew’s strengths and ensuring that he played with a group that would both challenge him and help him to improve. RVDL coaches were great to emphasize Matthew’s development of his technical skills as an individual player while allowing the team aspect of the game to flourish .”

tfc U11 tryout

It is great to see there are real opportunities for Canadian players in the professional game.   The quality of players in Europe is very high, but with hard work it is possible for players to pursue their dream of becoming a professional footballer either here in North America in the MLS or overseas.  If you have the talent, are willing to make sacrifices and display the desire and work ethic that Matthew has shown, there is always a chance this dream can be realized.  One of the most important components to achieving this opportunity is to develop the habits and technical foundation at an early age and train frequently in a high quality, professional environment such as the RVDL Soccer Academy.

Programs such as RVDL’s are where talent can be nurtured and guided into becoming intelligent and complete players.  We look forward to helping other players realize their full potential and preparing them for their future wherever those Pathways lead.


All the staff at RVDL wish Matthew all the very best at Toronto FC.  We are confident that if he continues to progress the way we saw him develop at RVDL, he will go on to have a very strong future on the pitch.


Matthew during his invitational tryout at Toronto FC




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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