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BC Soccer Announces Phase Three of the Provincial Development Program

Vancouver, BC: BC Soccer today announced its rosters for the third phase of its Provincial Development Program with 144 boys and girls from across the Province chosen to participate in high performance training activities which includes on and off field training, regional and national competition’s for talent identification within the final phase of 2013 program.

The third phase of the program commences following the completion of the BC Soccer Premier Cup on July 1st and culminates with the U13 and U14 age group’s participation in the Prairie Invitational in Calgary and U15 and U16 age groups participation in the National Championships in Thunder Bay, Ontario for the females and Laval, Quebec for the males.

“We continue to be pleased with overall process of identification and assessment of the players within the program with over 300 players participated within the evaluation and scouting process and are excited for the players and program as we move into the final phase of the 2013 Provincial Development Program.  We continued the scouting process and dialogue regarding recommendations for the program and we once again have yielded an encouraging player turnover of 11% from Phase Two to Phase Three which followed a 36% turnover within Phase Two from Phase One”, stated Michael Findlay, Director of Soccer Development BC Soccer.

“We continue to strive to provide most in depth talent identification program for British Columbia and its potential high performance players. We are also once again encouraged to see every EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League Club represented within the phase three selections along with players from regions outside the lower mainland such as Vancouver Island, the North region and the Thompson Okanagan. The program will once again provide these players with the opportunity to train and participate within an advanced high performance environment with the goal of developing themselves for the next level of play through our development and community partners the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and our Canadian National Youth Teams Programming”, Findlay added.

It is the goal and one of the key strategic objectives of BC Soccer to continue the growth and provide standards for the recognized Provincial Development Program. This will provide identified high performance soccer players in British Columbia an opportunity to reach their full potential within the overall BC Soccer / Canadian Soccer Association model for high performance development.

“The Vancouver Whitecaps programming would not be as effective in the identification of players in the province if it was not for the partnership between the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League and BC Soccer’s Provincial Development Program. We remain committed to improving our process of scouting, screening and selecting the top talents from such a strong breeding ground”, stated Stuart Neely, High Performance Manager for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC the development and community partner of BC Soccer and the EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League.

The BC Soccer Provincial Development Program is delivered in three phase’s annually; the overall objective is to continue to educate the players on the expectations and standards required for players within the high performance stream of play within British Columbia.

In the final phase 18 players will be selected to each team with selections again coming from club recommendations and BC Soccer Development Staff scouting.

BC Soccer Provincial Development Program selections for each phase of training and development are made through scouting of EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League training and match play environments, recommendations by EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League Team Head Coach or Technical Director, evaluation and assessment within ongoing Provincial Development Program Activities and additional scouting procedures will be delivered through BC Soccer regional visits and club coach player recommendations.

For more information please visit our BC Soccer High Performance webpage

For more information about EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League visit www.bcsoccerpremierleague.net

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the promotion and development of the game in British Columbia. The professional not-for-profit society is committed to developing the game by inspiring British Columbians to lifelong active, inclusive and team play.

Its vision is to pursue Canada's foremost integrated soccer development system built upon club, school, varsity and professional team excellence. BC Soccer is comprised of 150 member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, spanning more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 referees, and thousands of coaches and other volunteer administrators and soccer leaders. Working with these member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, BC Soccer will operate under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer will promote the integral soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity.

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