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Whitecaps FC and BC Soccer announce expanded girls development program

VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC and BC Soccer announced on Monday that the Girls Elite BC REX program has been expanded into a full-time school based program.

As part of the Canada Soccer pathway, the Girls Elite REX program in partnership with BC Soccer will begin recruiting and billeting top talent from across Western Canada. All players will now attend Burnaby Secondary School and have a custom daily training schedule, akin to the boys Residency program.

“We’re ecstatic to announce this next phase of progression in our girls development pathway,” said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi. “Our women’s national team continues to inspire and impress on the international stage. We look forward to helping develop the next generation of talent so that may long continue.”

“BC Soccer is pleased to be working with Whitecaps FC and building upon the success of the BC REX program”, said Kjeld Brodsgaard, BC Soccer president. “The REX program is the top of the pathway in BC for female players as they look to develop and aspire to reach Canada Soccer national teams programming. We are proud to be partners with Whitecaps FC in the BC REX program and thank them and Canada Soccer for this commitment to women’s soccer in BC.”

Six players on the roster were recently called up to Canada’s U-17 women’s national team, while both Emma Regan and Julia Grosso have been called up to Canada’s U-20 women’s national team in the past year.

This year’s roster includes two members of the recent Canadian side who finished as runners-up at the CONACAF U-15 Girls Championship tournament: Jordyn Huitema and Caitlin Shaw.

16 players return from last season.
  • Caitlyn Arbuckle (North Vancouver, BC)
  • Saje Brar (Surrey, BC)
  • Ashley Cathro (Victoria, BC)
  • Shanya Dhindsa (Surrey, BC)
  • Stella Downing (Vancouver, BC)
  • Julia Grosso (Vancouver, BC)
  • Kaela Hansen (Burnaby, BC)
  • Emma Hooton (North Vancouver, BC)
  • Jordyn Huitema (Chilliwack, BC)
  • Reece Moffatt (Langley, BC)
  • Danielle Mosher (Vancouver, BC)
  • Faith O’Neill (Coquitlam, BC)
  • Emma Regan (Burnaby, BC)
  • Omeha Sandhu (Surrey, BC)
  • Caitlin Shaw (Coquitlam, BC)
  • Joanna Verzosa-Dolezal (Delta, BC)
Seven new players join the program, including Nikki Panas from Alberta following the recent partnership between Whitecaps FC and the Alberta Soccer Association:
  • Aleisha Ganief (Surrey, BC)
  • Chantaya Ipsen (Surrey, BC)
  • Julia Kostecki (Coquitlam, BC)
  • Nikki Panas (Edmonton, AB)
  • Daniela Ramirez (Surrey, BC)
  • Maya Rogers (Vancouver, BC)
  • Abby Schwartz (Port Moody, BC)
Every BC player on the Girls Elite REX roster came through the EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League.

The Girls Elite REX program in partnership with BC Soccer will continue to be led by Whitecaps FC girls program director and former New Zealand women’s national team player Emma Humphries.

For more information on the program, visit whitecapsfc.com/girlselite.

First Name
Last Name
Position
City
Previous Club
Caitlyn
Arbuckle
GK
North Vancouver
Mountain United FC
Saje
Brar
FOR
Surrey
Coastal FC
Ashley
Cathro
DEF
Victoria
Vancouver Island Wave
Shanya
Dhindsa
FOR
Surrey
Coastal FC
Stella
Downing
MF
Vancouver
Whitecaps
Aleisha
Ganief
FOR
Surrey
Surrey United SC
Julia
Grosso
DEF
Vancouver
Mountain United FC
Kaela
Hansen
MF
Burnaby
Mountain United FC
Emma
Hooton
FOR
North Vancouver
Mountain United FC
Jordyn
Huitema
FOR
Chilliwack
Surrey United SC
Chantaya
Ipsen
DEF
Surrey
Coastal FC
Julia
Kostecki
DEF
Coquitlam
Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC
Reece
Moffatt
DEF
Langley
Surrey United SC
Danielle
Mosher
DEF
Vancouver
Fusion FC
Faith
O'Neill
GK
Coquitlam
Mountain United FC
Nikki
Panas
GK
Edmonton, AB
St. Albert Impact
Daniela
Ramirez
MF
Surrey
Surrey United SC
Emma
Regan
DEF
Burnaby
Mountain United FC
Maya
Rogers
MF
Vancouver
Fusion FC
Omeha
Sandhu
MF
Surrey
Fusion FC
Abby
Schwartz
MF
Port Moody
Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC
Caitlin
Shaw
MF
Coquitlam
Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC
Joanna
Verzosa-Dolezal
DEF
Delta
Coastal FC

 

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