Academy Program Info
Identification, development and placement as a professional player
A day in the life of a Whitecaps FC Academy player
(Please note that schooling is now at University Hill Secondary, and training at the NSDC at UBC)
Whitecaps FC Academy (formerly known as the Residency program) is a full-time, fully funded, player development program unlike any other in North America. The Academy is 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 near the National Soccer Development Centre (NSDC) training facility at the UBC campus, Whitecaps FC Academy provides the perfect conditions to develop and prepare elite athletes for the mental and physical demands of professional environments in North America and Europe. Read more...
Players are identified through our extensive scouting network and player evaluation processes. In accordance with MLS territorial regulations, Whitecaps FC recruit players from BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and parts of Eastern Canada. The primary objective is to identify local BC-based players through the BC Soccer Premier League, as well as other Canadian players across the club's territory.
For further recruiting inquiries, please contact: Whitecaps FC Academy recruitment officer Frank Ciaccia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Caps for Canada
More than 60 Whitecaps FC Academy players have been called into Canadian youth and senior national teams since January 2016.
Whitecaps FC Academy graduates to have played for Canada's senior men's national team include:
- Sam Adekugbe
- Marco Bustos
- Caleb Clarke
- Alphonso Davies
- Randy Edwini-Bonsu
- Jackson Farmer
- Ben Fisk
- Kianz Froese
- Callum Irving
- Ben McKendry
- Sean Melvin
- Kyle Porter
- Daniel Stanese
- Adam Straith
- Russell Teibert
- Simon Thomas
For more information click HERE.
Current Academy graduates on the first team (as of the 2018 MLS season)