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Vancouver Whitecaps FC Academy Program – Male Youth Programming

The Whitecaps FC Academy is a full-time, fully funded, player development program designed to maximize a player’s potential on and off the field through a “soccer lifestyle” philosophy linking technical and personal development. By integrating training, education and accommodation, all conveniently situated in UBC, the Whitecaps Academy develop and prepare elite athletes for the mental and physical demands of professional environments in North America and Europe. For more information on this program please visit our WFC partners "Academy" page.

Vancouver Whitecaps Girls Elite REX Program in Partnership with BC Soccer (BC SUPER REX) – Female Youth Programming

As part of the Canada Soccer Pathway, in January 2015 BC Soccer partnered with Whitecaps FC and Canada Soccer to provide the Women's Regional EXCEL Centre (REX) in Western Canada. The BC Super REX maintains a standardized national curriculum for female players U-13 to U-18, feeding into Canada Soccer’s Women’s National EXCEL Program. For more information on this program please visit our WFC partners "Girls Elite REX" page.

The Canadian Premier League is a professional soccer league in Canada founded in 2017 kicking off its inaugural season in April 2019. At the top of the Canadian soccer league system, it is classified as our domestic “Division 1”. The league consists of eight clubs/teams, from five of Canada's ten provinces. Pacific FC based in Langford on Vancouver Island, represents BC along with Vancouver FC, an expansion club based in Langley, expected to kick-off in April 2023. Click here for more information on the Canadian Premier League.

There are 13 universities and colleges that provide post-secondary soccer programming for both male and female players in BC. Of these programs five (5) compete in the PacWest (Pacific Western Athletic Association), seven (7) in U-Sports and 1 in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association).

Canada Soccer National Team Programming

The Canadian Soccer Association’s National Teams Program mandate is to consistently identify talent, monitor, assess, train and elevate identified male and female Canadian soccer players.

Through a recognized, sustainable, domestic and international training and competition programming these players will be prepared and assessed on their readiness to perform at the international level.

The ultimate goal of the National Youth Teams Program is to prepare these players male and female for the Canadian National Youth Teams and ultimately selection to the Senior Men’s and Women’s National Teams competing on the world stage.

Through the soccer infrastructure in BC and Canada players are identified in club, by provincial partners and in collaboration with the professional entities for potential selection into Canada Soccer youth team activity.