BC Soccer Premier League

The BC Soccer Premier League was established by BC Soccer in conjunction with Canada Soccer, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the BCSPL Founding Club Franchise, and the BC Soccer membership.  The overall objective of the league is to support the development and identification of players within a standards based environment for Under 13 through Under 18 male and female programming. 

For more information on the league, please visit the BCSPL website.

BC Soccer supports the BCSPL in a number of ways, primarily through the BC Soccer Premier League Technical Service Plan. See the tabs below for more detailed information on the BCSPL and the Support Services BC Soccer provide.
 

BCSPL Background Information
The BCSPL was formed in 2011 to support the development pathway in BC by establishing a standards-based environment at Stage 4 ‘Train to Train’ and Stage 5 ‘Train to Compete’ of the CSA Long Term Player Development Module for U13 to U18 male and female players. The BCSPL provides an important link between playing levels including the BC Soccer Provincial Program, Professional youth programming, University, College and adult amateur or semi professional opportunities, as well as Canada Soccer national team youth programming. A number of player development environments in BC support this player pathway, including district associations, affiliate soccer clubs and BC Soccer associate member organizations.

BCSPL Purpose
Success within youth development soccer can be defined and measured as the number of players that continue to play soccer and the number of players that develop and progress to higher levels of programming.

Player development is a commitment to the ‘long term’ and not ‘short term’ measurements of success. The priority is on the long-term goal of improving the player’s abilities with the overall aim for the player to reach their full potential within Technical, Tactical, Physical and Mental whether that be for the Canadian National Team, Professional Club Programming, University and College, BC Soccer Provincial Program, the BCSPL or adult ‘Soccer for Life’ opportunities.

To achieve this BC Soccer commits to four Key Responsibilities to Player Development and Identification within the Province of British Columbia. These include;

1. To promote a Player First Mentality.
2. To support the Canadian Soccer Association’s, Long Term Player Development Principles.
3. To provide a Clear and Recognized Pathway for players to be developed, identified and promoted within.
4. To maintain and enhance Technical Standards across the four corners of development including, Technical, Tactical, Physical and Mental.

For more information on the league, please visit the BCSPL website.

 

 

The BC Soccer Premier League Technical Service Plan is a free service designed to support the BCSPL Clubs' player and coach development programming with the aim of maintaining and raising the overall standard of the BCSPL training and game environments. The Technical Service Plan has been devised in consultation with the BCSPL Technical Directors and Head Coaches with support and guidance from Canada Soccer.

The resources and support provided to the BCSPL Clubs include, technical documentation, human resource support through observational and workshop club visits as well as online software support.

For more detailed information, please CLICK HERE to view the 2020 BCSPL Technical Service Plan.

 

The BC Soccer Technical Resources are comprised of a Curriculum, Game Model, Player Profiles and Coach Profile. These resources have been designed in consultation with the Canada Soccer Association, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the BCSPL Committee to support player and coach development for the U13 – U18 age groups.
 

Curriculum

The curriculum provides a developmental framework to work towards within the training environment. It identifies the Moments of the Game, the Zones and Areas of the Field, as well as Team Tasks and the Principles of Play. These elements should be combined with the session methods and practice types to cover a variety of developmental sessions throughout the season.

See the below BCSPL - Technical Resources - Curriculum - Video video for the breakdown of the Curriculum and how it can be implemented in a club's day-to-day training schedules.

Game Model

The Game Model outlines the desired developmental actions for players to action within the game environment pairing the curriculum and player profiles to game situations. Based on a Flexible Playing System, the considered and planned deployment of players in specific roles within a team, where they carry out defined functions in designated areas of the field. With possession, dominance in possession and territory by building play through the zones of the field with efficiency and effectiveness. Without possession, to implement a variety of defending strategies when attempting to regain possession within the zones of the field.

See the below videos for more information on the Game Model and how it can be implemented within Game situations.

BCSPL – Technical Resources – Game Model – With Possession – Zone 1 to Zone 2 – Video 

BCSPL – Technical Resources – Game Model – Without Possession – Zone 4 & Zone 3 – Video

Player & Coach Profiles

The Player Profiles outline the desired characteristics of players across technical, tactical, physical and mental related to their position and unit within the team, when in and out of possession. The Coach profile assists coaches with maintaining and meeting desired Coaching standards as well as used as an identification tool for coaches to progress into the BC Soccer Provincial Program and beyond.

For more information on the breakdown of the Player and Coach Profiles, please see the BCSPL – Technical Resources - Player & Coach Profiles

To support the BCSPL Clubs, BC Soccer provides several on field and off field support services including:

File Hosting Service – Dropbox - A central hub for each club to share the BC Soccer Technical Resources, game video and player data.

Session Planner Program – Sports Session Planner - A program that allows BCSPL Coaches to design their session plans and store them within a database.

Video Analysis – Coach Logic - A platform that houses BCSPL game footage that can be edited and shared with players and coaches to support education and development.

BC Soccer Staff Support

Development Staff provide on-going support to BCSPL Clubs through observation visits, facilitating educational workshops and  meetings along with general support in all technical related matters where required (and/or requested) including:

Session and Game Observation Visits - Designed to observe and provide supportive feedback to BCSPL Club Team Head Coaches with the delivery of their curriculum, session plans, and game model. The visits focus on areas of strength and areas of improvement to better support player and team development within the training and game environment. Visit schedules will be completed in consultation with the BCSPL Club, Technical Director, with a maximum of 2 annual Session Observation Visits and 2 annual Game Observation Visits per club.

Classroom and On Field Workshops - Designed to provide an opportunity for open discussion and feedback with the BCSPL Technical Directors and Team Coaches to identify key player and coach developmental areas  to enhance the BCSPL standards. The workshop is delivered through sharing of good practice examples both in- classroom and on the field.  Workshop schedules, including the content,  will be completed in consultation with the BCSPL Club, Technical Director, with a maximum of 2 annual workshops per club.

Club Support Meetings (based upon request) - BC Soccer staff can facilitate various meetings and presentations to support the BCSPL Clubs. These can include (but not limited to) providing guidance on program delivery, communicating with  coaches and parents, player intake meetings as well as specific areas of development that the BCSPL Club may request support from BC Soccer across, technical, administration and governance practices.