Men’s PCSL Tryouts

Tryout registration for our 2020 Men’s PCSL team is now open. ALL players wishing to attend the open tryouts on March 18th and 19th must register HERE.

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There will be a second week of tryouts, sessions on March 25th and 26th. Pre season training will begin in April, with the playing season running from May until the end of July. There are no player fees for our PCSL team, but all players will be expected to commit to the full program which will include twice a week training and minimum 14 matches.

PCSL in 2020

Okanagan FC announces participation in a new and expanded Pacific Coast Soccer League in 2020. Pre season preparations are already well underway, and last years squad are working hard on Winter fitness training. Tryouts for 2020 will be held in March.

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BC Soccer Charter Club

Okanagan FC is delighted to be announced as one of BC Soccer’s latest recipients of Club Charter  status.

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BC Soccer’s Club Charter Program was rebranded in 2019 to the Charter Program to become inclusive for both members and associate members as well as being positioned under the newly introduced Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program.
The Charter is a free “opt-in” program based on three top line categories being, Technical, Governance, and Administration and enables these organizations to be recognized and receive support and added service from BC Soccer regardless of the organization’s size and location within BC.

Okanagan FC is now one of 34 soccer clubs within BC with Club Charter status. Our commitment to the Club Charter Program is an indicator of our club’s intention of operating all areas of our organization, both on and off the field, to the highest standards possible.

Read the full BC Soccer announcement HERE.

The New Okanagan FC Academy

Introducing for 2020, the new Okanagan FC Academy Program…..

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In an effort to fully integrate all of our academy programs with our club, we have ‘retired’ the Soccaskool brand and logo, and replaced them with the new OFC Academy Program.

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Soccaskool has been in operation, as a full time academy program since 2012. In 2014, we fielded our first Development Team…a U10 Boys team. By 2018, we had outgrown the name somewhat as we began fielding adult teams.  Okanagan FC was born, as an adult soccer club complete with youth programming. In 2019 we fielded a Men’s Team in The Pacific Coast Soccer League, making us the only senior soccer club, competing in inter city competition, in Kelowna.

Now, in 2020, we will complete our transformation from Junior Academy to Senior Soccer Club, by integrating all academy programs with OFC.

You can read more about the changes we are making, as well as some nice new features to the programs and some additional programs, on our OFC Junior Academy page.

Registration for the OFC Academy in January and February is now open, please visit the Registration page and come and join us.

 

OFC Goalies Academy

“A good goalkeeper is worth 15 points a season.” – Sir Alex Ferguson

Lots of people (especially in youth soccer) sometimes do not give the goalkeeping position the attention that it requires. There is as much nuance and skill-acquisition in goalkeeping as there is with any other position on the field. At Okanagan FC, we have made it a priority to improve our goalkeeping programs, and have been delighted at the progress our keepers have made under the guidance of Tom McGill (Our specialized goalkeeping instructor). We hope that over the next few phases, Okanagan FC develops a reputation for developing quality young keepers through excellent training and instruction.

“For a goalkeeper, there is no hiding place.” – Brad Friedel

The goalkeeping position in soccer is a unique challenge, and is unlike any other role on the team. A strong goalkeeper will never be able to win a game on their own, but they can certainly save one! Similarly, a weak goalkeeping moment can cost a team 90 minutes of hard work in one single moment if the goalkeeper is unprepared or makes a mistake.

So what are the building blocks of a quality goalkeeper? Of course athleticism is important… power, agility and quickness are crucial components when considering the desired qualities in a keeper. They must also be proficient with their diving and handling ability through a wide variety of situations, ranging from shot-stopping to the ability to intercept crosses and through-passes before they materialize in a shooting opportunity. These key attributes must also be layered on top of excellent balance/footwork, a quality and consistent set position, and a solid understanding of positioning in relation to the goal.

The modern goalkeeper must also possess good ability with the ball at their feet, and be comfortable with starting attacks from the defense, this puts a demand on goalkeepers that they be comfortable with receiving the ball from their defenders, as well as being able to distribute competently through a range of short/long passes, aerial kicks and throws/rolls.

Of course, this doesn’t even touch on a keeper’s ability to effectively organize and communicate with their defenders…

“As a goalkeeper, you need to be good at organizing the people in front of you and motivating them. You need to be able to see what’s going on and react to the threats.” – Peter Shilton

At Okanagan FC, our specialized goalkeeper coach is very familiar with the challenges of training competitive young goalkeepers, and looks to guide our players throughout the learning process by delivering a variety of focused, engaging and challenging sessions. OFC Goalkeeper training will be an enjoyable and satisfying fit for any aspiring goalkeepers.