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Six Canadian youth national team members, four partner players join 'Caps Super REX

VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC, in partnership with BC Soccer and Canada Soccer, announced on Tuesday that the club’s Girls Elite program will now officially become a Super REX Centre, welcoming top women’s soccer prospects from across the country.

“We are honoured to be selected by Canada Soccer as a Super REX centre,” said Emma Humphries, Whitecaps FC BC REX head coach and girls academy director. “We are very excited to now be welcoming out-of-province players to join our group here in BC. These additions will only strengthen our development structure, our competitive environment, and the pathway to Canada Soccer’s youth and senior national teams.”

Building on the Regional EXCEL (REX) program started by Canada Soccer in 2014, Whitecaps FC and BC Soccer will continue to collaborate with Canada Soccer in their efforts to produce the next generation of stars for Canada’s Women’s National Team.

“Players in Canada Soccer’s EXCEL system, are provided with a foundation of technical, tactical, and physical development that aligns with the programing of Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer Women’s National Team head coach. “Vancouver Whitecaps FC and BC Soccer have supported Canada Soccer’s development vision and their partnership in this initiative is providing more opportunities for players to train with the best, including those relocated from other areas of Canada.  The Super REX centres will provide players an opportunity to develop alongside the best in their age group, which ensures an alignment that will provide Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team with a continued flow of players who have the technical and cultural understanding that will allow them to succeed on the international stage.”

In addition to a new crop of local players from the BC Soccer Premier League, eight players from outside the province will join 19 returning players in the program. This includes six new players who were recently part of Canada’s National EXCEL U-17 and U-20 teams. Three were called to Canada's U-20 national team for their trip to Australia: Maya Antoine (Vaughnan Soccer Club), Tanya Boychuk, and Jayde Riviere (Markham Soccer Club). Five new players were part of Canada's U-17 national team that recently played in China, including Antoine and Riviere, along with Teni AkindojuMaya Ladhani (Vaughnan Soccer Club), and Aaliyah Scott (Markham Soccer Club).

Four incoming players come from Whitecaps FC provincial partners, including Boychuk (Edmonton Internazionale SC / FC Edmonton Girls REX), Allison Remington (Southwest United Soccer Club), and Andersen Williams (Southwest United Soccer Club) from the Alberta Soccer REX program, and Akindoju (Dunbrack Soccer Club) from the Soccer Nova Scotia REX program.

“This past year has been very successful in getting players from Alberta to national team environments, and now invited to the Super REX program,” said Shaun Lowther, Alberta Soccer technical director. “Congratulations and best of luck to Tanya, Allison, and Andersen.”

“This is recognition of Teni’s hard work, as well as the hard work of our staff here in Nova Scotia,” said Mike Whyatt, Soccer Nova Scotia director of soccer development. “We’re very proud of Teni and congratulate her on being selected for the Super REX program.”

“We are looking forward to building on the success of the REX program by having top talent from across the province come to Vancouver for the Super REX program,” added Chris Cerroni, BC Soccer director of soccer development. “This program creates a clear pathway to Canada Soccer’s National Teams and we are excited to continue to work with Whitecaps FC and Canada Soccer to create opportunities for players from BC."

The Canada Soccer EXCEL program aligns the National EXCEL (NEX) and Regional EXCEL (REX) training environments to provide the most talented 13 to 18-year-olds across Canada with 3,000+ high quality training hours over their six-year EXCEL journey. With a standardized approach to player development, Canada’s EXCEL players benefit from the opportunity to train with the best young players, within Canada Soccer’s established system and national curriculum, as they move through their journey to Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team. 

Provincial Partner Selections

Name

Birth Year

Club

Province

Teni Akindoju

2001

Tanya Boychuk

2000

Allison Remington

2002

Andersen Williams

2002

 

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