OUR MISSION AND VALUES
Our Mission: To be a champion club on and off the soccer pitch.
OUR CLUB MODEL
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 U-6 to U-18, Regional Academy Centres programs are in place for the more committed players as well as a variety of tournaments and showcases.
BC SOCCER PREMIER LEAGUE is not operated by Whitecaps FC 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 U-13 to U-18. It is at this regional level of high performance programming where the brightest can be scouted and invited in for Whitecaps FC professional development programs. The BCSPL also connects 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 U-16 and U-18 teams with play in the United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA). Pre-Residency includes U-15 boys based in Britsh Columbia.
WHITECAPS FC GIRLS ELITE is a fully funded player development program for U-18 girls that will continue to evolve. Whitecaps FC U-18 Girls Elite 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 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 squad and matches in both the MLS Reserve and USL Premier 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.