Bart Choufour
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Choufour named Pre-MLS Academy head coach, 'Caps to play in U-13 Champions League

VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Friday that long-time club coach Bart Choufour has been named head coach of the club’s newly formed Pre-MLS Academy team, as part of the Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System.
 
“We are thrilled to welcome Bart back to lead our pre-academy group,” said Craig Dalrymple, Whitecaps FC player development & recruitment director. “Bart’s vast experience and knowledge of the local soccer landscape will be of great benefit to these young players entering our program.”

In addition to Choufour’s head coaching responsibilities, he will also lead the BMO Mainland Boys academy centre at SFU and this summer’s Prospects camps.  For summer opportunities to work and be seen by Bart and his staff, there are three Boys MLS Prospects camps that include evaluations for Whitecaps FC programs as well as a chance to meet Whitecaps FC players, play matches and watch an MLS match. Click here for more.

Choufour has coached with Whitecaps FC for 12 years and was the first director of the Vancouver 86ers youth development program in 1997. Choufour, a Canada Soccer A License coach, was later instrumental in establishing and growing the Whitecaps FC mainland academy centre programs, as well as developing curriculum and delivering coaching education.
 
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Evaluations and selections for the first Pre-MLS Academy group took place last month. Only local players are selected in this age group, and players remain at their own schools. As they progress, Pre-Academy players will move into the full-time Whitecaps FC MLS Academy at the National Soccer Development Centre (NSDC).
 
Concacaf U-13 Champions League
 
Choufour will lead the ‘Caps into their third time playing at the Concacaf U-13 Champions League.
 
The 2019 tournament will be played from August 10 to 17 at the Costa Rican Football Federation in San Jose, Costa Rica. The tournament will kick off with a group phase, and after round-robin play the top two finishers in each group will advance directly to the round of 16.
 
The ‘Caps have been drawn into Group D alongside Mount Pleasant (Jamaica), Pioneros de Cancun (Mexico), and a team to be announced from Panama.

Previously, the ‘Caps played in the 2016 and 2017 Concacaf U-13 Champions League tournaments at the Mexican Football Federation Headquarters in Toluca, Mexico.
 
For more about the Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System, visit whitecapsfc.com/academy.
 
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