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BC Soccer and Vancouver Whitecaps FC Announce Partnership

BC Soccer and Vancouver Whitecaps FC announce a renewed partnership solidifying a mutual commitment to advancing soccer throughout British Columbia. 

The partnership encompasses the implementation of aligned scouting throughout British Columbia, streamlining the identification process of BC-based players into both the Provincial Program and the Vancouver Whitecaps Academy. Both organizations will collaborate on player development programming, ensuring a cohesive and efficient pathway for players within British Columbia.

BC Soccer President Gayle Statton stated "This collaboration with the Vancouver Whitecaps organization marks a significant milestone in our shared commitment to elevate soccer in British Columbia. With this partnership, we aim to provide unparalleled support and opportunities for our players, fostering a thriving soccer community throughout all of British Columbia!"

We are very pleased to have a great relationship with BC Soccer, and to be working together to grow the game in our home province,” said Axel Schuster, Whitecaps FC Chief Executive Officer. “There is momentum for soccer in Canada as we head towards 2026. We are excited to work alongside BC Soccer to push the game forward.  We are looking forward to combining our resources to maximize opportunities in the sport for British Columbians.” 

The collaboration extends to technical workshops, with BC Soccer supporting the facilitation of Vancouver Whitecaps FC technical workshops to BCSPL clubs and Skills License designated clubs, bi-annually. In return, Whitecaps FC will also provide technical workshops to BCSPL clubs and Skills License clubs on a bi-annual basis. Moreover, Whitecaps FC will offer technical workshops to BC Soccer Provincial Program staff, thus aligning technical programming, curriculum, session methodology, coaching methodology, and player profiling.

“Formalizing our partnership solidifies the commitment between BC Soccer and the Vancouver Whitecaps to better support development and talent identification across BC. Our staff will continue to closely collaborate to create more opportunities and improvement across our development programs." BC Soccer’s Interim Executive Director, Gabriel Assis stated.

To further support player development, BC Soccer will conduct a ‘Soccer for Life’ coaching course for players in the Whitecaps FC Girls Elite Academy and Boys MLS Academy on an annual basis, certifying academy players for work in grassroots programming.

For questions or additional information, please contact Gabriel Assis, Interim Executive Director.

BC Soccer Association

Established in 1904, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer-specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants, consisting of registered players, coaches, referees, administrators and soccer leaders. As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues, and districts.

Safe Sport Statement

BC Soccer believes that everyone involved in soccer has the right to participate in safe and inclusive environments free of abuse, harassment, discrimination, and to enjoy the sport at whatever level or capacity they participate in. The welfare of everyone involved in soccer is the foremost consideration and in particular, the protection of children in the sport is the responsibility of everyone involved.