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December 14th, 2023

Canada Soccer PDP National Championship and New Pathway into National Competitions

Canada Soccer announces the creation of the Player Development Program (PDP) National Championship.

Canada Soccer’s new PDP National Championship is designed to further support, showcase, and enhance the connection between standards-based youth leagues across the country while supporting youth players that participate at the highest level of league play. Differently than the Toyota National Club Championships, the new competition will bring together teams from Canada Soccer recognized and designed standards-based youth leagues. Currently, four leagues across the country have this designation operating in Alberta, Quebec, Ontario, and the BCSPL in British Columbia. Canada Soccer’s PDP National Championship format will see female and male divisions with two (2) teams per province (8 teams) in both the Under-15 and Under-17 age groups participate in a round robin showcase over 6-days. The inaugural PDP National Championships will be held in August 2024 (location TBD). 

 

Canada Soccer’s PDP Championship is organized as a team-based event focused on individual and team performance on the field and education and growing connections off the field and will include match analysis and player identification and scouting opportunities through Canada Soccer’s EXCEL program. By introducing standards at the club level — all of which are informed by best practices in player development from leading nations around the world — Canada Soccer aims to help and support clubs to better focus their efforts on creating the best environment possible for development purposes. 

Importantly, with the introduction of this new competition, Canada Soccer have confirmed that teams participating in standards-based youth leagues are only eligible for this new competition, and thus, ineligible to attend the Toyota National Championships. Therefore, effective 2024, representation for British Columbia in the Under-15 and Under-17 divisions will adjust to the new national competition structure by designating BC Soccer’s Premier Cup as the qualifier into the PDP National Championships and BC Soccer’s Provincial A-Cup as qualifier into the Toyota National Championships. 

The BC Soccer Provincial Premier Cup is open to all BCSPL eligible teams and the BC Soccer Provincial A-Cup is open to all youth teams, not including BCSPL, that qualify via their respective Regional Qualifying Competition. With this new national competition being introduced, BC will now offer more opportunities for players and teams to compete at the national level. 

To view Canada Soccer’s full announcement, please click here.

 

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.

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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.