VanU, having achieved the Canadian Soccer Association’s National Youth Club License, has now been approved by BC Soccer to participate in the BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL). New BCSPL franchises enter teams at the youngest age group, known as the ‘U13 Intakes’. For the 2020 season this will be 2008 born boys and girls. Here is the program we have put together for this group**.
Evaluations (in accordance with BCSPL Evaluation and Selection FAQ timelines)
2020 Evaluation Schedule Scroll to U13 Boys and Girls to view relevant BCSPL dates.
Evaluation fee: $25
Process: Register on VanU website; Evaluations Policies posted on website
Register here for Evaluations: https://vancouverunitedfc.com/registration-introduction
If you already have a Stack account, just log in and select Evaluations Registration. If you do not yet have a Stack account you will need to se up your profile before you can register.
The BCSPL FAQ for Evaluations for 2008 born players is here.
Registration fee will be $2700. This will include professional coaches for all training sessions and games, uniforms, training kit (including a tracksuit and bag), all travel costs. There will be no additional fees for this program. Payment will be due in two instalments due as follows:
$1400 upon accepting a spot on the team
$1300 on or before June 30th
Gradual progression incorporating soccer-specific movement skills, injury prevention warm ups/activities, progressing through aerobic and anaerobic work to game-related activities at game speed
Fitness testing after first week (mid March) so body is acclimated to physical demands
Second round of fitness testing in late August/early Sept
Game uniforms: Sublimated adidas (template) and version of Academy top in blue, with adidas shorts and custom VanU socks (pic) plus tracksuit
Training kit: adidas shirt, shorts, socks, rain jacket
Training locations; half field for all sessions
UBC Warren on Mondays with Metro teams on the other half of field
Memorial South on Wednesdays
Pt Grey Secondary Turf on Thursdays
Quantity of games and training sessions
We are planning on at least 80 training sessions and 27 games for the Intake season. This will be between March 31 and mid-November with a 6-8 week break in the summer
Filming of games
Games will be professionally filmed and we will work with other clubs who want to share video
Metrics will flow from the BCSPL determined game model and covered in video analysis sessions with the teams and with individual players as needed
Promotion of players
VanU will use the promotion of its players to higher levels of play (National teams, Provincial High Performance Program, Whitecaps Academy) as a metric of the success of our BCSPL program
We will begin to build a network that will eventually help our graduating BCSPL players be known and recruited by coaches to university and college post-secondary teams.
UBC Woods (has power at field level, washrooms, changing rooms, stands on both sides, storage for eqmt, defibrillator)
Game Day Operations
VanU Staff will handle
Field set up, including banners, flags, PA system, table/chair/tents
Announcer for lineups, national anthem
VanU BCSPL teams will be professionally coached. Each team will have a VanU staff coach assigned to them for all games and training sessions.
2008 Boys (U13 Intake): Maurice Hayes
UEFA B (Irish FA)
VanU Staff coach for three years
Current Technical Lead for VanU Metro Program
2008 Girls (U13 Intake): Miro Panik
VanU staff coach for six years with focus on U11 and U12 Girls Div 1 VanU Plus program
U9-12 Technical Lead for past two seasons
Both Maurice and Miro will take the new CSA Youth License in 2020.
**Minor details subject to change
Timeline for 2020 season
Feb 5-Mar 8
Evaluations for VanU BCSPL Intake teams as per league policy
Roster declaration as per deadlines set by BCSPL
School Spring Break
March - June
Training begins (three times per week) and informal Intake schedule
Late June - late Aug
August 24 - Sept 3
Pre-season training incorporating fitness testing, defensive and attacking shape based on principles of game model and recognition of relevant moments in the game; gradual increase in physical load
Sept to early Nov
Mini season; training three times per week with sessions dedicated to mental skills, free play, socializing as a team (fun), video analysis, nutrition woven in plus a full slate of games. Team will train on a half field every session.
Player meetings to plan for next season
Late Nov and December
New season starts