OUR MISSION AND VALUES
Our Mission: To be a champion club on and off the soccer pitch.
OUR CLUB MODEL
“As British Columbia's professional club, player development is a vital area for the Whitecaps FC. The Whitecaps look forward to working with clubs to produce a high quality pipeline of talented young players that supports the Whitecaps and the Canadian national teams, as well as helping to improve the standard of soccer within local clubs at grass roots levels.”
- Director of Soccer Development, Dan Lenarduzzi.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC is built on a European Club model and is one of the most unique and integrated soccer development programs in North America. From grassroots programs to professional teams the club model reaches over 28,000 participants and is expected to grow to 41,000 by 2014.
WHITECAPS FC COMMUNITY SOCCER SYSTEM creates the large base of the model reaching over 30,000 youths through a combination of free community, school and pre-game clinics. Free access to these clinics increases the profile of the game and attracts new players to the sport at all ages and all skill levels.
WHITECAPS FC PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM is the next step for many of the Community Soccer System youth. At this level, many development programs are user pay and include a variety of camps for all levels of players from U6 to U18, Regional Academy Centres programs are in place for the more committed players as well as a variety of tournaments and showcases.
EA SPORTS BC SOCCER PREMIER LEAGUE is not operated by the Whitecaps but is included as an important piece in the clubs’ development model in partnership with BC Soccer. Eight founding franchises representing more than 80 per cent of the BC population will field boys and girls teams from U13 to U18. It is at this regional level of high performance programming where the brightest can be scouted and invited in for Whitecaps professional development programs. The BCPL also connect players and clubs with other resources, and training opportunities. This type of league platform is essential both as a development league and as a structured marketing tool to grow and professionalize the game further.
WHITECAPS FC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT is part of the 'Caps substantial investment in player development.
WHITECAPS FC RESIDENCY is a full-time, fully funded player development program unlike any other in North America. Residency is designed to maximize a player’s potential on and off the field through a “soccer lifestyle” philosophy linking technical and personal development. The program includes over 80 players with the residency program housing a U16 and U18 teams with play in the United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA). Pre-Residency includes three team s of U15, U14 and U13 boys.
WHITECAPS FC GIRLS ELITE is a fully funded player development program for U18 girls that will continue to evolve. The Whitecaps U-18 Girls Elite team is a funded player training development program for players who have been identified to move beyond club soccer. The club is looking to build on this by working with BC Soccer on a part time seasonal training camp program for U-14 to U-16 girls that are integrated with the new EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League.
WHITECAPS FC FIRST TEAM is the top of the club model and where players aspire to reach. Residency players can enter the MLS First Team development environment that includes training and competitive opportunities with the MLS First Team and matches in both the MLS Reserve and USL Professional Development League (PDL) games.
CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM. Developing top Canadian players not only benefits Whitecaps FC but also our national team program at various age levels.
For more information or any questions on the Whitecaps club model please contact Dan Lenarduzzi via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.