BC Soccer and the University of British Columbia Host Successful Pacific Challenge Series To Benefit Canada's National Teams

ViaSPORT, Hosting BC and the Government of British Columbia also provided support to BC Soccer making for an incredible week of soccer

Vancouver BC, July 28, 2014 –BC Soccer and UBC with support from Canada Soccer the BC Government, Hosting BC and ViaSPORT hosted the Pacific Challenge Series from July 21-27.  Teams from British Columbia,  Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Atlantic (consisting of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and New Brunswick) all  took to the fields of the University of British Columbia to take part in the Pacific Challenge Series which focuses on player identification and player development.  Over the week more than 175 players were identified as “Players of Distinction” by Canada Soccer National Coaching Staff. Those players selected participated in one final match on July 27 where they were split up within their respective age groups to replicate the reality of a national team environment.

“It was a pleasure and honor to attend the Pacific Challenge Series from July 21 to 27,” said Sean Fleming, Canada Soccer U17 Men’s Coach. “The players throughout the week showed great determination and attitude and represented their provinces and themselves with great pride.  It is critical from a national team’s perspective that we have these opportunities to scout players to monitor their progress and educate the players about the talent pathway.”

Canada Soccer U17 national team coaches Beverly Priestman and Sean Fleming were joined by Whitecaps FC coaches Jesse Simons and Craig Dalrymple as well as representatives from Canadian and American universities to watch, scout, and identify talented youth players. The Pacific Challenge Series hosts over 600 of the top youth players in Canada and is designed with the purpose of player assessment and identification for future national team’s events.  Although scores were kept during each game there are no overall standings and no trophies were awarded.

“The event provided a great platform to identify players who display our long term gold medal profile qualities,” said Beverly Priestman, U17 Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Coach.  “An event such as this is a great way of ensuring the right players are brought in to our EXCEL system, from regional to national. What was particularly evident is that the hard work and resource currently dedicated to women's youth development is paying off.” 

Over the week more than 175 players were identified as players of distinction and selected to play in the final match of the Pacific Challenge Series within their age divisions. 

“Given the geographical challenges Canada faces we need to provide an ongoing and staircase approach to the overall talent identification processand  this type of event is critical to helping the national staff establish a benchmark for our regional programs and coaches” said Michael Findlay, Director of Soccer Development of BC Soccer.

For a full list of those players selected please CLICK HERE

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the promotion and development of the game in British Columbia. The professional not-for-profit society is committed to developing the game by inspiring British Columbians to lifelong active, inclusive and team play. Its vision is to pursue Canada’s foremost integrated soccer development system built upon club, school, varsity and professional team excellence.

BC Soccer is comprised of 150 member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, spanning more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 referees, and thousands of coaches and other volunteer administrators and soccer leaders. Working with these member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, BC Soccer will operate under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer will promote the integral soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity.

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