Development Team Program Overview

Our Development Team Program is for motivated boys and girls from U9 to U12.

Teams are formed after a very methodical and detailed tryout process at the end of June each year, and then once again during Spring Break each year.

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Tryouts are open to all players registered on the Junior Academy and also to non registered players who wish to find out more about our teams and about our program. In short, everybody is very welcome!

Once selected, Development Team players will commit to a full four month playing season on the team. They will train three times a week through July, August, September and October for the Summer/Fall playing phase, and then the same again during March, April, May and June for the Spring playing phase.

November, December, January and February will be off season for the Development Teams. Players will be able to enrol for our Winter Academy Program, and/or our Winter Futsal Program….both will be optional.

All of our Development Teams will be coached by a full time or part time, qualified staff coach. Our teams will never be coached by a volunteer.

Players will receive a full uniform package, including tracksuit, backpack, and playing kit.

Our Development Teams will compete in a variety of tournaments, exhibition matches, and inter squad matches throughout each phase. In the Fall and Spring some of our teams compete in the BCASL (The BC Academy League) which is a collaboration of several BC Academies across the Province.

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Check out the BCASL website HERE.

Our teams can expect to play in around 15-20 competitive matches over the course of each of the playing phases.

Our Development Team Program conforms to the guidelines set out by the Canadian Soccer Association’s Long Term Player Development Plan. The program is structured around stage 3 of the LTPD “Learning to Train” specifically aimed at players between the ages of U9 and U12…the “Golden Age” of soccer learning. We play 7 a side at U9 and U10, and then 8 a side at U11 and U12. We use a size 4 ball and we never record our scores or standings, as we strongly believe that the priority during these very important years is development, and not results. We use BC Soccer’s Small Sided Games Manual to structure our competitive playing environment.

The roster size for our Development Teams is 12-14 and we will only ever field one team at each age group. We have a fair playing time policy in place for our Development Teams, and we do not stray from it.

We have a playing style philosophy in place and it is the same for all of our Development Teams. We like to play a fast paced, attacking style of soccer which is based upon domination of the ball. Our Development Teams are exciting to watch…we NEVER play ‘kick and run’. Click HERE for our playing philosophy.

The cost of our Development Team Program is as follows:

  1. Commitment fee of $250.00 payable upon selection for the team
  2. Monthly fees of $140.00 for the 4 month duration of the phase, total of $560.00

Includes uniform package and all tournament fees

Canadian Soccer Association Long Term Development Plan : A Community Guide

BC Soccer Small Sided Games Manual