Womens Soccer Development

WOMEN’S U17-U21 RESIDENCY

Every year, young players leave behind their friends and family and move to Victoria to pursue their soccer dreams. A key part of the players’ success is receiving a world-class education while enrolled in WIA’s professionally coached, comprehensive standards-based program.

WIA offers a proven program to players from within Canada – Alberta, BC, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and other parts of Eastern Canada – as well as international students from around the world.

The Academy Programs:

Pre Collegiate Pathway: U16-U18: the goal is to pursue post-secondary education scholarship opportunities at UVIC or other universities in Canada and the US.

Academic Pathway: U18-U21: the goal is to develop their football for opportunities in the BC League 1 or other professional clubs while pursuing a Business Administration Diploma at the University of Victoria.

Program Plan

Working in 6-week cycles, the Program Plan includes the following modules:

  • Individual Technical training
  • Team Tactical training
  • Strength training
  • Physical and Psychosocial Development
    • Strength and Conditioning
    • Mental Conditioning
    • Leadership Development
    • Nutrition Training
  • Academic Education

The combination of expert coaching, clear training goals, and annual competition allows for individualized growth technically, tactically, and personally within a world-class setting.

Training sessions include team field sessions with an emphasis on topics such as proactive decision-making, tactical game management, team strategies, and speed of play. WIA coaches also focus on individual development with personalized development plans including video analysis, position-specific instruction, soccer-specific training for strength and conditioning, leadership, and communication skills.

Our Student-athletes in WIA’s academic pathway are expected to prioritize both academics and athletics as their schedule mirrors that of a collegiate program. They meet with their Career Advisor to set up an individual development plan with overall long-term goals, short-term measurable objectives. Every  6 weeks, coaches and players will review their progress and set new objectives when necessary, ahead of the upcoming cycle. Four times a year, players receive a report detailing their progress and future areas of focus which include strength, agility, and endurance test results as well as video review.

2022/23 Training Schedule

DAYMORNING SESSIONAFTERNOON/ EVENING SESSION
MONDAY TRAINING
WEDNESDAYSTRENGTH AND CONDITIONING TRAINING
THURSDAY TRAINING
FRIDAYTRAINING/GAME
SUNDAYGAME

Tentative 2022-2023 Showcase Tournaments

TOURNAMENTDATEVENUEAGES
Starfire or Surf CupNovember 2022Seattle or San DiegoU17 and U19
Portland College ShowcaseJanuary 15th-18th, 2023Portland, OR, USAU17 and U19

2022/23 The Women’s Season Plan

PRE-SEASON

COMPETITIVE

CYCLE PHASE I

COMPETITIVE

CYCLE PHASE II

MEASURE &

EVALUATE

PREPARE &

PLAY

PLAY &

COMPETE

AUGUST – SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER – MARCH

APRIL – JULY

Physical testing,

Tactical, Technical &

Functional introduction

Individual Development Plans (IDP)

Physical, Tactical,

Technical & Functional Competition

and tactical phase.

U18 LISA & College Showcase

Competition & tactical phase

PACIFIC COAST SOCCER LEAGUE

WIA Competitive Platforms

WIA soccer program consists of teams ranging from high school age to post-high school graduate opportunities for players 16 and older. The program competes across two competitive platforms:

Lower Island Soccer Youth League

WIA U17-U18 players will compete in the Lower Island Soccer Association U18. The LISA League is a winter competitive league in which teams compete for the BC Soccer Provincial A and B Cup Championship. www.lowerislandsoccer.com

Lower Island Women’s Soccer League

WIA players may also compete in the Lower Island Soccer League (LISWA) through a club partnership. The LIWSA is a winter competitive league in which teams compete for the BC Women’s Provincial Championship and Canadian National Women’s Championships. www.liwsa.com

Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL)

The Pacific Coast Soccer League is WIA’s main competitive league. The PCSL is an amateur soccer league, currently featuring teams from all over British Columbia. In the past clubs from the USA, Washington and Oregon have competed. PCSL is considered to be British Columbia’s premier league for adult soccer. www.pcsl.org

Professional Trials and College Showcase tournaments

The WIA players have the opportunity to explore professional opportunities in Spain and Belgium through our exchange programs. There also exist opportunities to be scouted at international tournaments and college showcases in the US and Canada.

Residency Programs

Our Soccer Partners

Westcastle International Academy is proud to work with the following soccer partners.

  • University of Victoria
  • BC Soccer
  • Canada Soccer
  • Lower Island Soccer Association