VanU Programs 


We have age and level specific programming for players from three years old to seventeen. Some is team-based at scheduled training sessions and some is supplementary that players can opt into like our Academy or Camps.

VanU is pleased to continue offering Safe Soccer Programs for the 2020-21 season

All of our VanU Camp and Academy Programs this past summer operated under the guidelines of the Return to Play (RTP) protocol of BC Soccer, Viasport and the Provincial Government. As we move through the various phases until we get to a full return to normal soccer please be assured that everything we are doing is designed to ensure players are having fun in a safe environment while being challenged appropriately and maximizing their development.

For more information on our safe soccer guidelines, read our updated Van U return to play plan

We will be opening registration for several more programs as soon as we are able to confirm field permits from Vancouver Parks Board and UBC!

The following programs are currently open for registration

  • U4-5 First Kicks
  • U6-8 First Kicks Westside
  • U6-8 First Kicks at Hillcrest Park
  • U0-10 Second Kicks
  • U11-18 Divisional soccer
  • VanU Academy and VanU Goalkeeper Academy
  • VanU Striker Academy
  • VanU SAQ training (Speed, Agility and Quickness)

We have a established a contact tracing form for the club. It is important that any player experiencing COVID-19 symptoms fill out the form and refrain from attending any training or games until they have been tested. We will contact all players that have been in the same training group or team as players filling out the form. We will also notify the league that they play in and they will follow their policies for notification. The form can be found here.

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First Kicks 2021-2022 Season

This program is designed with one goal in mind...FUN! Participants will take part in a variety of activities that will help with their physical literacy, introduce them to the technical aspect of the game and will see them take part in game play.

This program’s curriculum has been influenced by the Canadian Soccer Assosiation’s new Children's license. A nonlinear pedagogical approach will be adhered to and the main developmental goals for these age groups are physical literacy, having fun with friends and the ball, enjoying unstructured play, and most importantly we want them leaving the field each day with a strong sense of belonging.

“We need to encourage the development of play, where the child can explore, be creative, learn about risk and go through the process themselves.” - Nick Levett Head of UK Coaching

We are committed to delivering on this despite challenges related to the pandemic. While there are current restrictions on the types of activities we can offer we are optimistic that this will change and we will move towards being able to operate without physical distancing in the near future.


U4/U5 FALL FIRST KICKS


We are pleased to let everyone know that our U4/U5 First Kicks Fall registration is openfor all players born 2017 & 2018:

West Side Location Information

Sessions will run once a week on Saturdays, members choose between 9:00am, 10:00am and 11:00am and run for 55 minutes. The location is to be confirmed due to permit restrictions related to the PHO but will either take place at UBC, Chaldecott Park or Kerrisdale. This program is a parent participation program which is led on field by VanU Technical Staff.

Dates: September 11th to November 6th (No sessions on Thanksgiving weekend)

Cost: $125 (Includes Jersey, Shorts & Socks)

Hillcrest Mini Turf Location

Sessions will run once a week on Sundays at Noon and will run for 55 minutes. This program is a parent participation program which is led on field by VanU Technical Staff.

Dates: September 12th to November 7th (No sessions on Thanksgiving weekend)

Cost: $125 (Includes Jersey, Shorts & Socks)



U6, U7 & U8 FIRST KICKS HILLCREST FALL

We are pleased to let everyone know that our U6-U8 First Kicks registration is open for all players born 2014, 2015 and 2016:

Sessions will run once a week on Sundays at 1pm for players born 2016 and at 2pm for players born 2014 and 2015. This program is run by VanU Technical Staff and does not require any parent participation. 

Location: Hillcrest Mini Turf Field.

Dates: September 12th to November 7th (No sessions on Thanksgiving weekend)

Cost: $150 (Includes Jersey, Shorts & Socks)

U6, U7 & U8 FIRST KICKS CHALDECOTT (FALL & WINTER)

We are pleased to let everyone know that our U6-U8 First Kicks registration is open for all players born 2014, 2015 & 2016:

A total of 36 sessions which will run twice a week. Players will have a week day evening session either at 5pm or 6pm located at UBC or Jericho and a Saturday session which will take place at Chaldecott Park. This program is led by VanU Staff with volunteer coaches running the sessions.

Dates: September 11th to February 26th (No sessions on Thanksgiving weekend, Family day weekend and the program closes for a winter break in December)

Cost: $295 (Includes Jersey, Shorts & Socks)

SECOND KICKS (FALL & WINTER): Players born 2012 and 2013

Note that U9 (2013 born) and U10 (2012 born) soccer is now called Second Kicks. You can get info on that program here



2022-2023 Season


Second Kicks is the subsequent program to our U4-U8 First Kicks program. In First Kicks, players were limited in their exposure to game-based soccer, and played along side several different 12 player teams. In Second Kicks, Boys  join an independent team of 14-16 players, whilst girls join a team of 12 - 14 who practice together once per week, and then finish off with a game on the weekend. On game days, teams are subdivided into two new groups to play 6 a side games versus the other team's two groups. Boys play their games on Saturdays, while girls play their games on Sundays.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Length of Season

First week of September 2022 until March 2023 (six months). There will be a winter break from mid-December through early January. 

Practices

One training session per week, ran by parent volunteer coaches. Teams do have access to staff coaching support. VanU holds our members' feedback in high regard, and consequently we have adjusted the practice schedule process to accommodate your needs. During the registration process, members will be able to request a specific team which has a specific training day assigned. We know you have a busy schedule, and VanU wants to make it easier for you to plan your schedule.  Practice days will either be a Tuesday or Wednesday for the 2022 - 2023 season.

Game Days

Each weekend, teams are divided into two new groups to play their games simultaneously, side-by-side. Boys play on Saturdays and Girls play on Sundays,  Games are only on the weekends.

Kit / Jerseys

Players will receive two jerseys (home and away), shorts, and socks. Make sure you select the appropriate sizes in your registration form. Players are responsible for bringing their own shin guards, water bottles, and cleats. 

Kit is supplied by Macron. To view Macron's size charts, click here.

Cost / Payment Plan

$415.

If you would like to set up a payment plan for the program, please contact our Operations Manager (loretta@vancouverunitedfc.com) who will be able to assist you.


U11-18 Soccer in BCCSL and VYSA

When players get to U11 they leave the in-house VanU league we run up to U10 and most enter BC Coastal Soccer League (BCCSL). Only the U11 and U12 Div 3 teams go into a different league run directly by our District, Vancouver Youth Soccer Association (VYSA). This allows for a more regionalized league that reduces travel. Scheduling and discipline are handled by VYSA but there is still a link to allow for movement of teams between BCCSL Div 2 and VYSA Div 3 at these ages.

BCCSL was formed for the 2017-18 season. Previously there were four leagues covering boys and girls across the Lower Mainland in all the non-elite levels of play (Metro, Div 1, 2 and 3). Now all players in BCCSL play under the same set of rules and the same calendar.


ABOUT THE LEAGUE

The BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) was established by BC Soccer in conjunction with Canada Soccer, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and the BC Soccer membership. The overall objective of the league is to support the development and identification of players within a standards based environment for Under 13 through Under 18 male and female programming. Each year, the BCSPL plays a spring/summer season (phase 1) starting in late February and culminating in the Provincial Premier Cup in late June.  The fall season (phase 2) is usually a League Cup round robin competition, culminating in the League Cup Finals. Together with its Development Partners, the BCSPL focuses on player, coach and referee development within a standards based game environment.

https://www.bcspl.ca

 

VanU, having achieved the Canadian Soccer Association’s National Youth Club License in 2019, now enters teams in BCSPL. All new BCSPL franchises enter teams at the youngest age group, known as the ‘U13 Intakes’ each year. This sees us add two more teams every year. In 2022, we will add two more, taking us to six (2008, 2009 and 2010 born teams on both the girls and boys side). Here is the program we have put together for this group. 

BCSPL EVALUATIONS:

There are no “tryouts” or specific evaluation dates for this level for members of our Club. All current Vancouver United FC members who are within the 2008 and 2009 age groups at our Club (those are currently the only 2 age groups where we have the BCSPL level) are evaluated throughout the season within their current environments (as part of the clubs season long evaluation process) and if requested to, are able to take part in training sessions and games as part of the fluid roster and permitting process. 


For players currently playing U12 at our club; VanU staff evaluate the player pool throughout the entire season and select players into the BCSPL at the appropriate signing windows provided by BC Soccer. Our development pathway however does not simply revolve around the BCSPL level, as we aspire to build out entire age groups; our BCSPL & Division One (next level) are in regular contact with one another and both programs adhere to similar philosophies revolving around long term player development and sustainability.


INTERESTED PLAYERS FORM

(This is for non members only)

For any players who are currently NOT Vancouver United FC members born in 2010, 2009 and 2008; and who would like to express their interest in joining the Vancouver United FC BCSPL program please complete the form below:

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE FORM

FEES BCSPL Intake

Registration fee will be $2850. 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:

  • $500 within 48 hours upon accepting a spot on the team
  • $1400 on or before February 28th
  • $950 on or before June 30th


FEES BCSPL 2008 & 2009 


Registration fee will be $2775. 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:

  • $500 within 48 hours upon accepting a spot on the team
  • $1400 on or before January 15th
  • $875 on or before June 30th


PROMOTION OF PLAYERS

  • Our main focus is to facilitate and support the promotion of our players to higher levels of play (National teams, Provincial High Performance Program, Whitecaps Academy/REX).

  • As our players near graduation out of the program (u16 to u18), our aim is to help their exposure to the various Universities and Colleges who recruit out of the BCSPL


QUESTIONS






VanU FC's SPRING SOCCER

Van U will be offering soccer for the upcoming Spring season. Further information will be available early March, for those players who are not currently members of Vancouver United and would like further information on our Spring programming, please email us at info@vancouverunitedfc.com

Info about Coastal and Provincial Cup Competitions

Please click on the links below for more information about the BC Coastal Cup and BCSA Provincial Cup.


Game Officials


VanU runs clinics for those who want to become game officials (referees and assistant referees) in early September. To referee small sided games (U9 and U10) you must be at least 12 years old to take the Small Sided Games course. You can also be an assistant ref (linesman or lineswoman) at this age once you've taken the same course. To be a game official for U11 to U18 games you must take the Entry Level Referee Clinic. You can see BC Soccer Referee Rules and Regulations here.
For general questions about becoming a referee at VanU please contact Emad Ghashghaee at head-referee@vancouverunitedfc.com.

BC Soccer has approved our application for an Entry Level Course.  Please see below course details. Please let me know whom I should contact to get this information out to the (eligible) members.  I will send this out to the existing referee pool.

Entry Level Course

Webinar date: Tuesday, September14, 6:30-9:30 PM via Zoom

In-person (on field): Sunday, September19, 9am-12PM University Hill Turf

How to register - New referees

How to register- Current referees

Further Clinic Information

Participant Package

We are working on running a Small Sided Games course and will advise everyone when that has been approved by BC Soccer.