Westcastle Dedicated Player Program is a professionally administered and coached program that develop the fundamental skills required to succeed at whatever level of the game they aspire to. Admission to the Dedicated Player Program is open to players from all LISA clubs.

Canada Soccer has created the Dedicated Player Program to guide clubs towards the best principles in player development, by taking a nationally coordinated approach to developing young soccer players.

At WIA the training environment resembles the game environment, with each training session focusing on relevant, game-realistic skill development. WIA follows the guidelines and standards as outlined in the Canada Soccer Association Skill Centre manual.

Each session will be 60-75 minutes to align closer to BCSPL training duration demands. Run by our Canada Soccer Youth and A Licensed coaches, the session will be broken down into 2 portions: technical focused and small-sided conditioned games with no specific tactical components as we are not prepping for gameplay as a “club” or a “team”. These sessions will have high player expectations and standards, with a high-intensity environment consisting of challenging soccer IQ and significant ball-contact time.

PDP Pathway U8-U10 

Foundation Phase level 1: The objective for the U8-U10 (girls and boys born 2016-2014)  program is to teach foundation technical skills and to develop player’s physical literacy in a standards-based environment. Ball control, dribbling, passing, shooting etc.

PDP Pathway U11/U12

Foundation Phase level 2: The objective for the U11-U12 (girls and boys born 2012-2013)  program is to improve technical skills and to develop players’ physical movement in a standards-based environment. Ball control, dribbling, passing, shooting, 1v1 marking, pressing, Interception and challenging. This is the last step before players enter the Pre-BCSPL U13.


With the understanding of age-appropriate levels of intensity and workload, technical training will focus on

  • passing and receiving
  • dribbling
  • ball control
  • turning
  • running with the ball
  • shielding the ball
  • shooting
  • finishing on goal


With the understanding of age-appropriate levels of intensity and workload, tactical training will focus on:

  • combination plays
  • 1v1 attacking
  • receiving on turn
  • crossing and finishing
  • positional play
  • finishing on goal
  • movement off the ball
  • 1v1 defending

The Tactical emphasis is on possession, passing accuracy, and fluid movement between the orthodox delineations of midfield and attacking principles.

The placement of players is based on a variety of variables:

  • “Soccer Age” (player’s maturity, physical age, technical ability and overall understanding of soccer)
  • Stage of physical development and literacy (fluid and ever-changing)
  • Team dynamic
  • Biological age

Some players may play in their biological age group, while others are placed on teams based on their soccer age. WIA technical coaches will decide a player’s placement on an individual basis.

It is imperative that parents and players understand the following as it relates to the Skill Centre and WIA Teams. WIA:

  • Cannot enrol more players than the player-to-coach ratio allows
    • Priority registration will be given to players selected for WIA Teams
    • Should space allow, additional spots will be given to players seeking supplementary training from other clubs
  • Cannot turn away players who show promise just because they are inexperienced at the present moment
  • Cannot accurately predict the potential or future performance of a player
  • Cannot guarantee that your player will make the BCSPL team at U14 because the characteristics of young players are not the same as those of mature elite athletes
  • Can develop and support players who are ready and willing to train, follow our standards-based training methods and trust our judgement as it relates to their development

Technical – understanding of what a technical player is – willing to receive technical training, perceptive to developing technique (quality of the touch of the ball)… playing games and taking part in tournaments does not equate to the technical development of a player.

Intelligence – understanding the game, understanding instructions and ability to apply those instructions to play and game… following through the instructions (Game understanding – tactical understanding)

Personality – attitude, attention, coach-ability, decision-making, creative thinking, motivation, concentration, communication (psycho-social)

Speed – physical development, speed of thought and speed of action, problem-solving, intensity of training

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