The Orange Way


Blizzard follows a researched approach to player development. The following information introduces our philosophy, player development rationale, and the methods that are used to deliver the Orange Way of Playing.

Blizzard operates a building block approach to player development.  Players follow an initial path heavily focused on technique and skill development and as competency increases tactical elements are introduced.

Within each building block is an extensive curriculum designed to focus on the necessary skill set.  Proficiency with each block is important to ensure that the player has acquired the required skills to support their development at the next stage of the curriculum.

Each building block is tied closely together.  As a player progresses through the Blizzard Pathway they will continue to work on elements of preceding stages to ensure they are consistently and simultaneously challenged on both fundamental and advanced levels.

For more details on the building blocks, please see The Orange Way – Blizzard Pathway and Programs Vision

Calgary Blizzard SC and the Canada Soccer LTPD

The Orange Way, Blizzard development path follows the Canada Soccer Long Term Development Roadmap.

Blizzard Program Ages Canada Soccer LTPD Ages
ROOTS U4 – U8 Females & Males Active Start Fundamentals

U4 – U8 Females

U4 – U9 Males

CORE U9 – U12 Females & Males


Learning to Train

U8 – U11 Females

U9 – U12 Males

REACH U13 – U17 Females & Males

Learning to Train

Training to Train

Training to Compete

U11 – U19 Females

U12 – U20 Males

ADULTS U19 + Females & Males Training to Win

U18+ Females

U19+ Males