Soccer players from BC well represented in Youth National Team Programming

22 BC players take part in U15 and U17 Men’s National Team Programming while 6 BC Players announced to Canada’s U17 Woman’s CONCACAF Championships Grenada 2016 Roster

Vancouver BC February 17, 2016 – Players developed in BC clubs and within the BC’s high performance environment are well represented on Canadian National Team Programming within the last month. The Women’s Under 17 CONCACAF Championships roster was released along with the Under 15 Regional and Under 17 Men’s National Team Camp rosters.

Canada Soccer recently announced rosters for two Under 17 national projects. The newly appointed Men’s National Under 17 Coach, Paul Staltieri selected 30 players to his first development camp. Eight of the 30 players were developed in BC clubs. Bev Priestman, Canada’s Women’s EXCEL Program Director announced the Canada Soccer roster for the Under 17 Women’s World Cup CONCACAF qualifiers in Grenada in March. Six of the 20-strong roster are BC players.

“We are delighted to see that BC is providing 28 percent of the Youth National Under 17 male player pool and 30 percent of the Under 17 female roster, and congratulate these outstanding 14 athletes.” said Chris Cerroni, BC Soccer Director of Soccer Development.  “We also applaud the 14 other BC players selected into last week’s Canada Under 15 regional camp.” 28 BC players were selected to those rosters of the 75 player roster spots available; a total of over 35%.   

This most recent increase in BC player representation within Youth National Team Programming is a trend BC Soccer has seen over the last 3 years and is not by accident, but rather by conscious decision making in realigning the high performance environment in BC. 

14% of the total overall registered soccer players in Canada live in BC. Historically, the percentage of BC players selected to Youth National Team Programming had declined.  As an example, in 2012 only 12 percent of these rosters consisted of players from BC, which is below BC’s 14 percent share of all registered players.

With the strategic objective of increasing the representation of BC players on National Team Rosters, in 2010 BC Soccer made a conscious decision to take a new approach to high performance programming in BC.  This new approach included increasing awareness and promotion of the principles of Canada Soccer’s Long Term Player Development to youth clubs across BC, revamping the programming within BC Soccer own high performance program (former Provincial Teams Program), introducing the BC Soccer High Performance League (BCSPL) and further aligning the player pathway with the Whitecaps FC Residency Program on the male side and introducing the BC REX Program in partnership with Canada Soccer and the Whitecaps FC on the female side. 

BC’s refocused approach to the high performance environment and the collaborative approach by all the stakeholder, most importantly the clubs, has led to a complete turnaround in BC’s player representation within Youth National Team Programming.   Over the last 2 years, BC players across all age groups is over 15 percent and at the Under 17 alone BC is over 20 percent of players for both male and female.

“Having a positive trend in the percentage of BC Players being named to Youth National Team Programming is wonderful and it’s a testament to the increase in quality programming throughout the BC Soccer Membership,” said Carlos Grosso, BC Soccer High Performance Soccer Development Committee Chair.  

The success BC has seen in the representation within Youth National Programming over the last 5 years has not yet led to an increase within the Under 20 and full senior National Teams.  However, as the players within the youth programs, specifically the Under 17 age group, continue to further develop, we anticipant and look forward with optimism that these players will filter into the Under 20 within the next 2 years and potentially into the full National Team beyond that.

For more information on the Canada Soccer’s U15 and U17 Men’s National Team Camp at Fortius Sport and Health please CLICK HERE

For more information on Canada Soccer’s U17 Women’s CONCACAF Championship Grenada 2016 roster please CLICK HERE

2016 Canada Program Rosters (including the BC Club)

CANADA U17 Women’s World Cup Roster
CB/FB- Ashley Cathro | Vancouver Island Wave
FB- Emma Regan | Mountain United FC
FB- Julia Grosso | Mountain United FC
M- Caitlin Shaw | Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC
F- Camila Gomez | Mountain United FC
F- Jordyn Huitema | Surrey United SC

CANADA U-17 (2000s) Men’s National Camp
GK- Evan Ince | North Vancouver FC
GK- Trevor Schneider | Coquitlam Metro-Ford
CB- Nikolas White | Coquitlam Metro-Ford
CB- Ali Zohar | Surrey United SC
FB- Gabriel Escobar | Cliff Avenue United
M- Michael Baldisimo | Burnaby Selects
M- Alessandro Hojabrpour | Coquitlam Metro-Ford
F- Devin O’Hea | Mountain United FC

CANADA U-15 (2001s) Men’s Western Camp
GK- Jacob McCall | Coquitlam Metro-Ford
GK- Justyn Sandhu | Fusion FC
CB- Christian Campagna | Surrey United SC
FB- Chris Lee | Mountain United FC
FB- Deylen Vellios | Mountain United
M- Luca Alberti | Mountain United
M- Nicolas Budisa | Fusion FC
M- Logan Chung |Coquitlam Metro-Ford
M- Eryk Kobza | Mountain United FC
M- Juvraj Kooner | Surrey United SC
M- Arjun Mann | Surrey United SC
M- Hamish Ogden | Coquitlam Metro Ford
F- Brandon Cambridge | Fraser Valley
F- Jehmrode Kahlon | Fraser Valley

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the promotion and development of the game in British Columbia. It is the largest provincial sport organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants. Our mission is to develop the game by inspiring British Columbians to lifelong active, inclusive and team play. As a professional not-for-profit society, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for our existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues and districts.  We believe in the universal passion of our global game and the power it has to unite and motivate communities.

BC Soccer is comprised of more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 registered referees, and thousands of volunteer coaches, administrators and soccer leaders. Working with its member Youth Districts and Adult Leagues as well as their affiliate member clubs, BC Soccer operates 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 soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity.