Prior to entering the club's professional development programs at the MLS Academy and Girls Elite REX levels, players can be selected into the Whitecaps FC Pre-MLS Academy and Whitecaps FC Pre-Girls Elite program.
Players at the U-14 age level are identified and selected through the BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) and BC Soccer Provincial Program. Teams train four times per week at the Whitecaps FC training field at Christine Sinclair Community Centre, under the Whitecaps FC curriculum, with regular competitive matches against select competition and MLS academy teams. Both teams will also travel to tournaments for elite international competition in their age group.
For the 2021/2022 season players will be identified through the BC Soccer Premier League and participate in an evaluation process through the Fall with the final rosters being selected in January 2022.
Only local players are selected for this age group, and all players remain at their own schools.
The Pre-MLS Academy team is led by head coach Bart Choufour and assisted by Paul Thompson, while the Pre-Girls Elite team is overseen by head coach Chris Sargeant.
Part-time U-13 program
In addition to the Pre-Academy teams, a part-time U-13 program is in place where selected players will remain with their BCSPL club, and train with Whitecaps FC once per week. Selected players will then moving into the full-time U-14 squad.
For more information on Whitecaps FC development programs, contact email@example.com or 1.855.932.1932.