EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League and L2T


What is the EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) and why should my son or daughter play in this league?

It is the goal of BC Soccer to continue to be committed to a comprehensive approach to improve player development in British Columbia, ultimately, to make Canada a stronger soccer nation.  Part of the broad-based plan was the establishment of a two stream development process for the game.  Those streams are known as grassroots and high performance.  See www.bcsoccer.net for more information.

A key component of this process was the creation and development of a High Performance League in BC.  This league is known as the EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League and will deliver on the following key development initiatives;
- Supports CSA’s “PLAYER FIRST” mentality and its Long Term Player Development strategy.
- Harmonizes all high performance levels of programming
- Eliminates congestion and provides greater clarity for all stakeholders
- Works within existing and supporting structures
- Drives improvements to all aspects of high performance soccer

What are some of the developmental benefits for players in the BCSPL?

The EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League is built on the following guiding core principals of development:

  1. To allow players to further develop their skills in an environment, this includes other technically advanced players playing      within a competitive demanding atmosphere
  2. To enhance the technical and tactical components of the players game through extensive on and off field training and education.
  3. To provide players with access to certified and experienced and professional levels of coaching.
  4. To provide the players specific guidance in areas of nutrition, mental prep, physical fitness and post-secondary education.
  5. To provide players leadership and information on life skills and promote the importance of commitment to excellence and      citizenship.
  6. To provide a healthy and safe training environment to ensure responsible and suitable development of the player.

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If you missed the parent information night please find an FAQ document here.

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Tools provided at the pre-season training camp:
Female Athlete Injury Prevention
Soccer Specific Strength & Conditioning
Injury Prevention for Young Female Athletes (LISA Version)
Soccer Specific S&C
Soccer Specific Onfield warm-up Cool Down
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Lower Island Soccer Association and Upper Island Soccer Association are pleased to participate in the BC Soccer Premier League.

For questions regarding assessments or anything technical about the league please email Andrew Latham.

The league has recently launched a new website – EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League.

Recent stories from the league:

EA Sports has a scholarship application - web link here.

Kickoff story about refs in the BCSPL
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March 25th, 2013

U14 Wave Girls enjoy a penalty shoot-out win at the Whitecaps Showcase
The Beautiful Save Emma
U14 Whitecaps Showcase Champions

March 18, 2013

The Vancouver Islands Wave is pleased to announce that the following players have been selected to the first phase of the BC Soccer Provincial Teams Program

Player Home club
Peter Koltronis Nanaimo Youth   Soccer Club
James Steel Salt Spring United
Sam Fletcher Saanich   Fusion
Joshua Lamothe Saanich Fusion
Sean Pearse Saanich   Fusion
Max Branyik Saanich Fusion
Jonah Smith Gorge Soccer   Association
Keaton Eccleston Bays United
Ben Avila Saanich Fusion-GHSA
Ashley Cathro Prospect Lake
Kiana Swift Sooke   Soccer Club
Sophie Weaver Nanaimo Youth   Soccer Club
Anika Shelrud Campbell River   Youth Soccer
Lindsay Hargreaves Juan de Fuca
Kiara Kilbey Peninsula Soccer   Association

For more details on the EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League Vancouver Island Wave or any other Lower Island Soccer Association program please contact LISA head coach Andrew Latham

Feb 25 - Victoria’s Simon Thomas signs with the Whitecaps – http://www.whitecapsfc.com/news/2013/02/vancouver-whitecaps-fc-add-canadian-goalkeeper-simon-thomas

Nov 17/18 -
2013 News Release

http://beaconnews.ca/blog/2012/11/bc-soccer-premier-league-champions-to-be-crowned-in-league-cup-finals/

http://beaconnews.ca/blog/2012/11/ea-sports-soccer-premier-league-goldmine-for-whitecaps-fc-scouts/

http://beaconnews.ca/blog/2012/11/bc-soccer-inaugural-premier-league-a-success-according-to-league-organizers/

http://beaconnews.ca/blog/2012/11/surrey-united-triumph-in-u15-girls-final/

http://beaconnews.ca/blog/2012/11/penalty-shootout-hands-mountain-united-victory/

November 15th – League Cup News Release
September 13 - BCSPL league returns this weekend
September 4th – WE ARE IN THE VIDEO, of the Adidas Cup Tournament!
http://www.whitecapsfc.com/news/2012/09/second-annual-adidas-champions-cup-filled-exciting-action

July 3 – Provincial Premier Cup Final Results
June 28 – Final Selections for Provincial Program Announced (includes players from our teams!)
June 28 – http:/Inaugural BC Soccer Provincial Premier Cup Finals set for Canada Day weekend!
June 19 – Link to playoff schedule for the remaining Vancouver Island Wave Team (U15 boys coached by Randy Cuthbert)

June 19 – Pathway to BC Soccer Youth Provincials Set
March 26 – Whitecaps Showcase – Boys Event a Smashing Success (includes video)
March 21 - Whitecaps FC add female player from EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League
March 20 – Successful weekend at Whitecaps FC College Showcase (includes video)
March 6 - Management crucial to club’s success
Feb 28 – New B.C. Soccer Premier League aims to launch players to success
Feb 24 – Full Season Begins
Feb 24 – Full Season Begins
January 18, 2012 - Whitecaps FC sign four players to Residency program. ‘Caps add first players from EA SPORTS BCSPL. Read More

November 29, 2011 – Press Release – The EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League’s eight founding franchises recently completed their pilot mini-season as part of the next step towards the opening of the league’s first full season of competitive play in late February 2012. Read More Here

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BC Soccer Award HPL Franchise to Lower Island Soccer Association/Upper Island Soccer Association

The eight founding franchises for the League are:

  • Magnusson Ford Mariners (Abbotsford Soccer Association);
  • Mountain United FC (Burnaby/ North Shore);
  • Coquitlam Metro Ford Soccer Club;
  • Vancouver Island Wave (LISA and UISA)
  • South Fraser Soccer Club;
  • Surrey United Soccer Club;
  • Thompson Okanagan Football Club;
  • Fusion FC (Vancouver/Richmond).

Seasons:
Evaluation dates in May, teams to be picked in June.
Pre/Mini-Season is September to November 2011 (training to begin in August, first game September 17).
Full Season is March 2012 to November 2012.
Players will stay in the same age category through November 2012.

We believe that because of this league’s links to the provincial and National team programs and the Vancouver Whitecaps the league will offer our athletes the best opportunities. There are many rumours about the league but everyone in the game agrees that this is a positive change to the landscape of elite soccer in our province. We have had many conversations with college coaches and current and past National team players about this league and here are some of the things they have to say:

I feel this new league will be the top place to recruit talent for University level soccer players and the league can only help to prepare players for the jump to the next level.  Bill Merriman, Head CoachVancouver Island University

I believe that players who are looking to continue developing for opportunities at the Provincial, National or University level should be playing and training at the highest level possible which the BCPL has been created to provide. Mark Rodgers, Head Coach UBC Women

The standard will be raised and it will be a great vehicle in the recruiting process.   I will definitely be watching games to keep my finger on the pulse. Alan Errington, Head Coach Men’s Soccer University of Fraser Valley

If you want to be the best you have to compete with the best. I think this league gives players an opportunity to play at an elite level in BC and to train with and against some of the top players in the province. Emily Zurrer, Canadian National Women’s Team and LISA Alumni

I always want to play at the highest level possible and this league gives girls the best chance to play with and against the best in the province. Abigail Raymer, U17 National Team player of the Year 2009, and LISA Alumni

What we are excited to explain:

  • Balanced travel so our teams are not at a disadvantage.  Play every 2 of 3 weeks.  Travel only half of the schedule (this is because mainland teams have to travel to us more). NOW CONFIRMED
  • Break in August, family can still take normal summer vacations. NOW CONFIRMED
  • Anticipated fees have not changed since our meetings, approx $1100 for mini-season and $2500 for full season (March 2012 to November 2012)
  • Much stronger Vancouver based teams and therefore excellent competition (see Emily Zurrer’s quote above)
  • Anticipate two training sessions for most teams in mini-season

We intend to reveal the new club name and logo along with he coaches at the Metro banquet on May 4. It is our intention to announce the evaluation schedule shortly after and to try to have the teams selected by the end on May. The first games in the new league are scheduled to take place on the weekend of September 17 and we will begin our pre season preparation 4 weeks prior to that date and continue our programming through to the end of November.

Travel:
Full season is 21 games, with 12 home games and 9 away games.  This is an improvement over travel with Super Y and Metro combined.


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