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BC Soccer and Whitecaps FC Announce Expansion to Girls Elite BC Rex Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Photo: Bob Frid

VANCOUVER, BC –BC Soccer and Whitecaps FC announced on Monday that the Girls Elite BC REX program has been expanded into a full-time school based program.

As part of the Canada Soccer pathway, the Girls Elite REX program in partnership with BC Soccer will begin recruiting and billeting top talent from across Western Canada. All players will now attend Burnaby Secondary School and have a custom daily training schedule, akin to the boys Residency program.

“We’re ecstatic to announce this next phase of progression in our girls development pathway,” said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi. “Our women’s national team continues to inspire and impress on the international stage. We look forward to helping develop the next generation of talent so that may long continue.”

“BC Soccer is pleased to be working with Whitecaps FC and building upon the success of the BC REX program”, said Kjeld Brodsgaard, BC Soccer president. “The REX program is the top of the pathway in BC for female players as they look to develop and aspire to reach Canada Soccer national teams programming. We are proud to be partners with Whitecaps FC in the BC REX program and thank them and Canada Soccer for this commitment to women’s soccer in BC.”

Six players on the roster were recently called up to Canada’s U-17 women’s national team, while both Emma Regan and Julia Grosso have been called up to Canada’s U-20 women’s national team in the past year.

This year’s roster includes three members of the recent Canadian side who finished as runners-up at the CONACAF U-15 Girls Championship tournament: Jordyn Huitema, Mya Jones, and Caitlin Shaw.

16 players return from last season.

  • Caitlyn Arbuckle (North Vancouver, BC)
  • Saje Brar (Surrey, BC)
  • Ashley Cathro (Victoria, BC)
  • Shanya Dhindsa (Surrey, BC)
  • Stella Downing (Vancouver, BC)
  • Julia Grosso (Vancouver, BC)
  • Kaela Hansen (Burnaby, BC)
  • Emma Hooton (North Vancouver, BC)
  • Jordyn Huitema (Chilliwack, BC)
  • Reece Moffatt (Langley, BC)
  • Danielle Mosher (Vancouver, BC)
  • Faith O’Neill (Coquitlam, BC)
  • Emma Regan (Burnaby, BC)
  • Omeha Sandhu (Surrey, BC)
  • Caitlin Shaw (Coquitlam, BC)
  • Joanna Verzosa-Dolezal (Delta, BC)

Eight new players join the program, including two from Alberta following the recent partnership between Whitecaps FC and the Alberta Soccer Association:

  • Aleisha Ganief (Surrey, BC)
  • Chantaya Ipsen (Surrey, BC)
  • Mya Jones (Calgary, AB)
  • Julia Kostecki (Coquitlam, BC)
  • Nikki Panas (Edmonton, AB)
  • Daniela Ramirez (Surrey, BC)
  • Maya Rogers (Vancouver, BC)
  • Abby Schwartz (Port Moody, BC)

Every BC player on the Girls Elite REX roster came through the EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League.

The Girls Elite REX program in partnership with BC Soccer will continue to be led by Whitecaps FC girls program director and former New Zealand women’s national team player Emma Humphries.

For more information on the program, visit whitecapsfc.com/girlselite.

First Name

Last Name

Position

City

Previous Club

Caitlyn

Arbuckle

GK

North Vancouver

Mountain United FC

Saje

Brar

FOR

Surrey

Coastal FC

Ashley

Cathro

DEF

Victoria

Vancouver Island Wave

Shanya

Dhindsa

FOR

Surrey

Coastal FC

Stella

Downing

MF

Vancouver

Whitecaps

Aleisha

Ganief

FOR

Surrey

Surrey United SC

Julia

Grosso

DEF

Vancouver

Mountain United FC

Kaela

Hansen

MF

Burnaby

Mountain United FC

Emma

Hooton

FOR

North Vancouver

Mountain United FC

Jordyn

Huitema

FOR

Chilliwack

Surrey United SC

Chantaya

Ipsen

DEF

Surrey

Coastal FC

Mya

Jones

FOR/MF

Calgary, AB

Calgary Foothills FC

Julia

Kostecki

DEF

Coquitlam

Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC

Reece

Moffatt

DEF

Langley

Surrey United SC

Danielle

Mosher

DEF

Vancouver

Fusion FC

Faith

O'Neill

GK

Coquitlam

Mountain United FC

Nicole

Panas

GK

Edmonton, AB

St. Albert Impact

Daniela

Ramirez

MF

Surrey

Surrey United SC

Emma

Regan

DEF

Burnaby

Mountain United FC

Maya

Rogers

MF

Vancouver

Fusion FC

Omeha

Sandhu

MF

Surrey

Fusion FC

Abby

Schwartz

MF

Port Moody

Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC

Caitlin

Shaw

MF

Coquitlam

Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC

Joanna

Verzosa-Dolezal

DEF

Delta

Coastal FC