BC Soccer Release Their Two Year Technical Review of the EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League

The Technical Review provides stakeholders the opportunity to give feedback on the creation of the High Performance Program and League in British Columbia.

Vancouver BC May 13, 2014 – BC Soccer and the EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) are releasing the two year technical review of the BCSPL.  The review’s findings give an overview of advancements in player, coach, training and competition environments.  The review also touches on recommendations that relate to improvements within the high-performance stream of soccer in British Columbia. BC Soccer will be releasing an Administrative and Governance Review at a later time which is separate from this two year technical review.

“Managing one of Canada’s only standards-based youth high performance league is exciting and challenging,” said Matt Holbrook, General Manager of the EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League. “We try to keep a constant focus on player-centric principles and development initiatives, and constantly work to ensure that BCSPL players have the ultimate environment to achieve their goals in the sport.  Having a strong review process ensures we all are accountable to the players at the end of the day.”

The review also focuses on the achievements that the various partners have had on the EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League and on the High Performance stream within British Columbia.  These achievements include everything from the number graduating BCSPL players on to universities and Whitecaps FC Residency teams and Canadian National youth teams to the helping drive the minimum standard of coaching requirements that BCSPL Coaches must obtain.

“The establishment of standards based High Performance league’s across Canada are one of the key elements within the CSA’s strategic plan and will act as delivery vehicles within our recognized player pathway for HP players in Canada now and in the future,” says Tony Fonseca, Technical Director of the Canadian Soccer Association.

“This is the corner stone of high performance development in BC and Canada with an overall goal to focus and harmonize the development of players within a recognized and standards based high performance pathway,” said Michael Findlay, Director of Soccer Development BC Soccer.  

Some key findings and takeaways from the two year EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League technical review include:

• The professional training, leadership and essential HP influence on 1500+ male and female players annually within program and League platforms
• 95 players in 2012 - 2014 selected to Whitecaps FC Residency Program and Girls Elite Program
• 277 players in 2013 influenced within the BC Soccer Provincial Development Program
• 80+ players in 2013 graduating from league to continue education and playing with a university/college soccer program
• 17 players in 2013 selected to Canadian National Youth Team program

“Clearly, having all the best players in the top (premier) league is paying dividends,” said Craig Dalrymple, Assistant Technical Director of Vancouver Whitecaps FC. “Players in the BCSPL are challenged more in training in and games, train at higher frequencies and are guided well by organizations with strong technical leadership.”

BC Soccer Two Year Technical Review of the EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League

Member Club Technical Criteria Review

The above two document are also posted at: under the "EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League" link.

For more information on the EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League and the High Performance Stream within British Columbia  please visit:

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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